Having experienced the indescribable high of losing over 150 pounds, I have often thought about what made it a smooth process. Each person who undergoes bariatric surgery has a unique experience, but there are certain key elements that I believe are essential in everyone’s success.
Gathering information about the typical complications associated with weight-loss surgery is the first step toward taking preventative measures to avoid them. To win the battle of weight-loss, at this level, it is important to have a good support network. Supportive family, friends, and co-workers is wonderful, but the support of people who have already navigated the various processes are a priceless resource.
- ObesityHelp: founded in 1998 as a peer support community to help those faced with life threatening morbid obesity.
- SparkPeople: my personal favorite. It is a phenomenal site with an astonishing amount of tools and resources.
- ThinnerTimesForum: are online forums for gastric bypass, lap band, and vertical sleeve gastrectomy.
I cannot emphasize enough how vitally important it is to stay on point with nutritional supplementation. I was the dummy who thought I could ignore this simply because I do not like taking vitamins; that attitude cost me my teeth. Every single last one of them. Nutritional supplementation is a must!
Getting surgery is just one step into a new lifestyle of health and fitness. Sometimes, no matter how diligently someone may adhere to their regimen, they might not lose as many pounds as they’d hoped to, or might have begun to gain back weight they’d already lost. That is not a time for despair and self-loathing but rather, a clue that some research is needed into one’s own particular body. Sometimes an underlying health condition may be the issue so it is best to be upfront about this with one’s physician. The human body wants to heal itself, if it is not doing so, this simply means that there is a puzzle to be figured out. One’s physician, a nutritionist, endocrinologists, and alternative health practitioners are some of the people one can go to for help.
Wellness refers to more than just our physical well-being. There is the well-being of our family, from each member to the unit as a whole, our social interactions, career or education or other occupational concerns, financial well-being, mind, and spirit, and more. Taking incremental little steps at a time in each of these areas of my life, has helped me not to focus too intently upon weight-loss. It relieves a lot of pressure to think of your weight-loss goals as part of an overall lifestyle change, than as just another diet.