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One small step for me, one giant leap for my health

Monday, April 10, 2017

Okay, so you may have noticed that I am a bit of a nerd. But I think the title is funny. :)

So, last time i blogged I talked about my decision to start looking into bariatric surgery. In the week since then, I have researched my ass off, I basically interrogated the people I do know that have had bariatric surgery, I talked to the nurse at the clinic multiple times, I got work on my side to completely change my work schedule one day a month for the required classes and dietitian meetings I need to attend, that are right in the middle of our busiest work day. What can I say, I am a female INTJ. We do our homework.

It's been a little over a week since I watched the webinar of what all the surgery entails.

And this morning I found myself sitting in a waiting room with about thirty other people, who are also there for the class. They call me back and they weigh me, and I have managed to lose another 4lbs on my own. I stare at the scale, because I have not seen it say 393 in... 6 years? Meaning I am down 56lbs from my heaviest, all on my own! *insert celebratory dance here* They also talk my blood pressure, and go over my medications.

Then I go into the class room, I get a bunch of papers on the rules, the goals, the food tracker all of that. Yes. I got homework on the first date. But it's nothing too bad. Ten minutes of exercise three times a week, substitute water for pop (which I have already done 4 months ago), and don't eat out for one week. I did already fail a little on that one, I had leftover takeout for lunch, but it was figured into my calories for the day, so I didn't go over. So.. easy right... baby steps. Although I was a little disappointed that I have to either print out or pdf my sparkpeople, since they cannot use it for the food log. BUT I REFUSE TO LEAVE!

THe class went really well, they had a guest speaker, a gentleman that had the gastric sleeve 14 months ago and had lost about half his body weight. We got to ask him any and all questions that we could think of. I mostly listened, since I had already interrogated my friends in this manner. But he had good tips and ideas. My 'I don't know if this is for me, but I want to learn.' is slowly turning into 'alright, sign me up.'

I know that it isn't a final solution to anything, it is a tool to help with weight loss, and getting healthier and fitter. I'm not going to lie, I am really nervous about surgery. I haven't had anything more invasive than my tonsils out.. and a knee scope. So full on stomach surgery is scary as hell. It is a biggie on my CON list, but the PRO list seems to far out weight (pun intended) the cons.

I plan on going back, I asked for additional shift changes at work to attend a couple support groups, and for my upcoming doctor's appointments. Going to be jumping in with both feet, and see where I land! Wish me luck!
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