Sunday, June 17, 2012

Fat: Contemplating a Solution

I've been turning it over in my head for about a year now:::: getting the Lap Band surgery. I want a better quality of life and a smaller waist size. Honestly, if my stomach was in correct proportion to my body, I don't think I would mind as much. But it's not. If I keep on this way -- I'm looking at Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke and all the diseases that come with obesity. Many of you have read my blogs on here discussing my excess weight and committing to losing the extra pounds but here I am still the same size I was a couple years ago. What motivates me is that I was about 50 pounds lighter when husband and I got married. That's a big difference. I really need to shed this weight and get rid of it once and for all.

Some of the pro's of the LapBand surgery that I've read so far:

  • No visible scar -- the incision is made in the navel. One incision. That rocks!

  • Fully reversible -- if it's not working for you, you just get it "undone".

  • No supplements for nutrition.

  • Adjustable -- if it's too tight or too lose, you just get it adjusted.

The voice inside my head, along with the advice of my husband, says that I have all the know-how to lose weight without surgery. My husband, at his largest was about 290. He is now a slim and svelte 220. He did it all-natural, without the use of any drugs. He just committed to working out and eating right and if he didn't eat right then he worked out double hard. He is such an inspiration but he makes it look so easy and I know it's not! **shrugs**

About a month ago I went on youtube and searched for lap band surgery. They actually have videos of the procedure being done. It looks so painful to me so when I watched it, I vowed to myself that I would not get the surgery done. But here I am... contemplating the surgery. What gives me serious doubts about getting the surgery done is that what I've read about it reads like a science-fiction movie. In my mind, I'm thinking that I can totally do this on my own if I commit to losing the weight. COMMIT to being healthier. COMMIT to increasing my quality of life now and into old age. Fat people just don't live long so I have to change the habits NOW.


The Jaded NYer said...

Oh my! Let me chime in ASAP and advise you not to get this surgery because really, in the long run, is it going to cure the reasons for the weight you've gained?

Obviously you're going to make your own decisions in the end, and I'm just some random blogger butting into your life, but in the past year I've taken control of my body & overall health and taught myself that it's possible to do it without pills, surgeries or crazy diets.

Might I recommend some reading material? Take a look at Mark Sisson's The Primal Blueprint (and his website, and Sarah Faragaso's "Everyday Paleo" (she has a website, too:; these two helped me a lot. There's also a great documentary about juicing, "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead" that offers great insight to how something as simple as only consuming organic, whole foods in juice form, together with physical activity, can make such a difference in your life.

In addition, I devoted time to simple physical activities that add up and make a difference: yoga, dancing, walking home everyday (about 40mins from job to house), taking the stairs instead of the elevator. I also committed to giving up fast food restaurants (currently 2yrs clean from McDonald's!!)

I don't know you but I know you can achieve your health & fitness goals without this surgery. Take that money and invest it in buying organic foods & produce, or fun fitness classes, or o juicer, or all the new clothes you'll need once you start losing weight.

Obv hit up your doc before you make any drastic changes, but if you want my vote? Don't have the surgery!

Raquel (The Jaded NYer)

The Songer said...

I know 7 people who have had lots of success with this procedure. They were over weight their whole lives and for the past 7 years, they have been doing things that they thought they would never be able to do because they are not over weight anymore. They are more happy than i have ever known them and they were able to adapt to a life style that has kept the weight off.

I told myself that i would never do any surgical procedure, i think more because im afraid to go under, but the more i see the success of others and the lack of mine, im drawn to these procedures because I think im to the point where its the only option i have left. i havent been committed enough to make that step into doing it.. but i do know one thing.. Being fat sucks!

I truly believe that modern day Inventions are gifts from god. Pray about it and you'll know if its for you or not! Good Luck!