The Good….The Bad….The Ugly……
Weight loss surgery (WLS) over the past 10 years has become increasingly popular. I guess to most it seems like an easy or quick fix, but in all honesty, it’s not! It’s one of the most difficult and can be the most rewarding decisions you could ever make.
Most people that choose WLS, like myself, have struggled with weight all their lives and after weight loss surgery it’s no different. It’s still a struggle. A struggle to make good eating decisions, to not give up, and to love the “new” you. You give a lot and in most cases you get even more back!
The Good about WLS….
Your health in general improves, and for me personally I went from having high blood pressure, pre diabetic, and battling pcos. All of those things dramatically improved or went away altogether.
You become more mobile. What once seemed to be a challenge, whether it be walking from your car to the store or climbing stairs, all of it becomes easier the more the weight comes off.
Weight loss can help you to become more fertile, some women don’t even know that there weight can be affecting there chances of conceiving. It helped me to have my sweet baby boy!
The bad about WLS……
You have to learn to eat all over again. What you once ate or indulged in is now a no no. My doctor put me on a high protein, literally no carb diet! Diet is crucial to WLS and even weight loss in general being a success. You learn to read labels and what is actually better for you than what is marketed as good for you!
Numbers, you almost become fixated on them. Whether it’s the number on the scale, your dress size, or the amount of sugars that are on a food label. You new life revolves around these numbers, and you have to find a balance or you will drive yourself crazy.
Your eyes will be hungrier than your tummy. So when you go out to eat share a plate, get a kids meal, or a side of something, otherwise you will be wasting a lot of food and money.
The ugly about WLS…..
Skin,skin,and more skin! It’s not pretty, but you will have plenty of it, especially if you are older or weighed quit a bit before surgery. You learn to hide and manipulate the extra skin with different under garments. Just so you feel somewhat comfortable. You pretty much trade one evil for another, weight for skin, but to me it was worth the trade!
Hair loss will happen maybe a little maybe a lot, but it will happen. To me it was devastating, even though in reality you couldn’t see my scalp and I definitely wasn’t balding , it was still scary. Biotin will be your best friend for the first year to help your hair come back. I also used nioxin, a shampoo for thinning hair, along with the biotin. I could tell a difference in about 4 months after using it, and used it religiously for 2 years after WLS.
Learning to truly love who you are can be mentally challenging with all the physical changes that are occurring in such a short period of time. You will also learn who enables your bad choices and who really wants you to succeed in your journey. Some of the situations you will find yourself can make you want to give up, but in all honesty it was worth it and I would do it all over again!