Quote from LPN2be2005
I am very ready for this change. This is hard to explain and I am sure it is difficult to understand for someone who has not had a problem with their weight...
A very good friend of mine tried everything -- I do mean everything -- to lose weight. Exercise. Eating less. Eating a balanced diet. Nothing worked. He rode his bike 100 miles a week, worked out at the gym, played racketball several times a week and still weighed over 350 lbs (when he did the MS ride in Denver, with all those hills, the sponsors were so concerned he'd drop dead that someone rode with him for the entire 80 miles, up and down all those hills).
In his life he's managed to quit drinking (20 years sobriety), quit smoking (15 years smoke free), but no matter what he did, he couldn't lose the weight.
He had gastric bypass surgery 5 years ago. While he still isn't what I'd call svelte, at 240 he's much, much smaller than he was, and much happier. He did have a problem with infection afterwards, and tried to tough it out which made it worse. He had to be reopened to deal with that. The doc also put some kind of net in there to hold in his gut because his abdominal muscles were so weak; at one point almost a year later that came undone and had to be redone (which meant the 3rd time he had to be reopened).
He's also had a problem with getting enough iron because he finds he can no longer eat meat; his stomach now just won't take it. Before he realized what the problem was his hemoglobin got down to 7.1. Now he takes iron pills and that is no longer a problem.
All this said, however, he wouldn't go back to being big for the world; he says it's all worth it. And he loves feeling "tiny" now.
I wish you the BEST of luck!