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@Ganny 32530 wrote:

Hello, it has been ages since I was on here last. I am now three and a few years down the line from having my bypass at St Richards and I am now nearly thirteen stone lighter and only have another stone to go to where I really want to be. It was the best thing I have ever done and I don’t regret one minute of. I have my life back and I am living every second of it. I am now trying my hardest to get my loose skin removed from my stomach and I have my first appointment to get my side of things a crossed at the beginning of September. I am not holding out a lot of hope but then I didn’t hold out a lot of hope at getting funding for the bypass but here I am three and half years down the line and a lot less of me, if I don’t get it I will just carry on as I am, I have my health, my life so no worries about some loose skin but I am going to try. I have lost more than half my body weight and though I now have to fight for every pound I lose I am keeping going until I get where I want to be. I am a support/helper at my local Weight Watcher’s and I go every week and have done since I had my op to get weighed and to keep me focused. This weight is NOT going back on. I was given this chance and I am not going to mess it up. As my surgeon Mr Tim John said to me on the day he discharged me “I have given you a tool, work with and not against it” and I have done, yes there are weeks when I get complacent and I think I can eat what I want but I get two swift reminders, one I put on a pound or two or three lol and two my bypass gives me a kick up the backside to remind that I am still here and still working now you will pay for either overeating or eating to fast. I will try and get back on here as much as I can but I am a busy lady now and I have a life to get on with lol. I had a new experience for me this week and I loved it. My daughter is getting married at beginning of October and I went outfit shopping with a friend for advice. To be able to walk into a shop and know that everything in there I could fit into was great in itself but to walk around with her picking up outfits and taking lots into a changing room(never been in a changing room before to try on cloths) to try on and her running in out bringing in SMALLER sizes was amazing so ok I spent more than I should but I feel a million dollars in my size 14 outfit and apparently I also look a million dollars. Still can’t get over the fact that I now can fit into a size 14 and when I started this journey I was a size 34, how my life has changed.xx

Thank you SO much for posting this wonderfully upbeat update, Ganny.

Like Chris said, it is fabulous for people who are relatively new to wls to hear how positive life can be, many years after surgery if you stick to the guidelines and don’t lose sight of why you had it in the first place.

It’s so easy to get bogged down with the numbers. It’s such a shame as it almost robs you of your immediate success when you are still striving for more. However, it’s that determination that gets you to where you want to be – a real double-edged sword!

I wish you all the luck in the world with your application for funding.. Please keep us posted (pun intended!)

Doodah x

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