||[Nov. 11th, 2008|02:00 pm]
I've gained almost all of it back, as my trip to the doctor's today showed me.
The lung/sleep doctor specialist recommends I contact my primary about lap band weight-loss surgery.
It really feels like giving up, but on the other hand, giving up is better than dying of a heart attack before I reach 30. I just feel like, ever since I fell off the wagon, I haven't been able to focus at all on diet or exercise. Maybe I'm not as strong as I thought I was.
I suppose I'll make an appointment with my primary physician and go from there. Maybe if I can lose weight between now and the appointment, I'll feel like I won't need to try the surgery. We'll see.
i just did some reading on the Lap Band. It seems safer than most gastric bypass surgeries, and it can be removed later on, and it's adjustable. But like any weightloss, there is a strict diet involved : http://www.lapband.us/
It's really your level of comfort that will decide for you what course you want to take. I might suggest a nutritionist and a trainer first. A nutritionist should be able to craft out a meal plan with specific portions for you to follow. And it might make it so you don't need the surgery. Either way, it's going to be a huge lifestyle change.
Whatever you decide to do, I support you 100%. *huggle*
I guess I really don't see it as giving up and it's definitely better than you keeling over at 40 from a heart attack or ending up with heart blockage and diabetes. You're also young enough that if you lost the weight you stand a chance for your skin going back to normal more so than someone who does it 10 years for now.
You've lost some of the weight on your own. Some of the weight. Getting all the way down on your own and keeping it off is an entirely different story. It seems as though a lot of people with 60 - 70 pounds to lose use the lap band as an easy way out. When it gets to the point where you need to drop half your body weight, from what I've seen, is damn near impossible to do entirely on your own. So if you don't do the lap band, why not try Meridia or Alli or something? There's no shame in accepting help or admitting you need it. I think there's also something to be said about being genetically predisposed.
I think no matter what you do, as long as you're trying to get healthier and stick around for a while, all your friends will cheer you on and be around to help out.
IM me if you want tough love cause I can definitely give some of that tonight :-D
I don't think a lap band is giving up, I think it is making a choice that you want change your lifestyle so you don't die prematurely. If you decide to have the surgery then more power to you - you will have my full support. However, you have already shown that you can lose the weight if you focus. I know how hard is is to focus with something like dieting, especially after you have a bad day and you are like 'fuck it, i just want to eat like crap tonight'. But, again, you know you can lose the weight sans surgery. My suggestion: Instead of spending the money on surgery, invest in an elipitical or a personal trainer, as well as a nutrition meal plan - something like nutrisystem where all your meals are pre-planned - it may not be that much fun, but I bet it will make dieting easier cause you won't have to plan as much - same with the trainer with the exercise - someone to kick your ass for you is always a great motivator.
If you want to do the surgery, again, I'll be behind you - surgery just has so many complications that things like diet and exercise don't have. I know you can do this, you do too!
2008-11-12 02:13 am (UTC)
Too bad NWN isn't more aerobic! Don't give up, my friend. I'm fighting the same fight, except I think I have 10-15 years on you and arthritis to boot. I wish I'd started sooner, but then there's these evil computer things that keep our butt stuck to the chairs!
Your evil drow friend, Bala
Jason, Go see a Dietician before you do this. Surgery is still Surgery, and I would totally recommend going to see someone whose JOB it is to get you to a normal weight. I would look in the yellow book under NAZI Dietician, before proceeding down the dark path that is Surgery.
Oh and for the record, I am far more concerned about Diabetes than I am you having a heart attack this soon, Jason. Just remember I am throwing ideas, you are the one that makes this choice, and I really do think that if you had someone pushing you to eat better, you will.