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Lauren
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@simonpoole1978 34957 wrote:

I am at the point where I am about to book my surgery but I’m finding a couple of thoughts holding me back….

I am currently 23st 8lbs and after meeting with Guy Slater I am looking at a bypass which Mr Slater thinks will get me down to 14/15 stone. I previously got down to 17 stone using the Cambridge diet (horrid diet wouldn’t recommend to anyone!) but I remember still being a big lad at that stage.

So am I going to get down to 14/15 stone and still have to buy clothes online and feel self conscious about my size? I know that no one knows until it happens but I’m scared that I’ll be big no matter what and that it will mean that I’ve wasted my money etc…

Did anyone else feel like this before booking surgery?

Hi Simon

Welcome to our friendly forum.

I would guess that 99.9% of people considering weight loss surgery think they will be the only one that it won’t work for! Myself included.

We get so used to yo yo dieting that it almost becomes ingrained in our brains that, yet another weight loss method, is doomed to failure. I must have lost the same three stone ten times over before I had my bypass in 2008.

If Guy Slater thinks he can get you to 14/15 st that is fantastic! Imagine how much healthier and happier you will feel! I’m not going to lie to you and say it is easy, because it isn’t. however, you won’t be starving hungry. You may find you have to change some of the things you eat (I can’t eat rice) and will not be able to eat and drink at the same time as the volume of your new pouch will be so small, but once you get the hang of it and start to feel better – you won’t even care.

My bypass saved my life. That’s not me being dramatic – it’s fact. I was 48, immobile, blood pressure through the roof, enlarged heart, arthritis,…..the list seems endless now and was told that if I didn’t have wls, I had about 3-5 years to live. My BMI was 64. That was 8 years ago. I have lost just over 15st, am working and have the same life expectancy as everyone else. I still have some health issues (asthma, fibromyalgia, arthritis) but I am working and looking forward to the future.

So, you are right to be concerned – it’s major surgery – but you will be in the safest of hands and can look forward to all the support you need from the lovely people on this forum. Also, depending on where you live, there are support groups you can join. Please feel free to ask me absolutely anything about having a bypass. I might not be able to help you with everything but the people on this forum will step in to answer the ones I can’t. It’s all about teamwork.

So, if you have read this through to the end, I apologise for waffling haha! Weight loss surgery is a tool that must be mastered but it can be done. Hope this was helpful! 🙂

Doodah x

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