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I dont agree with her not having faced up to a lot of her issues before she had the operation, for me personally my husband and I spent 2010 and 2011 getting our family life into a nice foundation state so that I could tackle my health issues head on during 2012, it was a conscious decision to knock out of the way any potential obstacles which would arise thus resulting in an epic fail for me, we cleared debts, sorted out our living arrangements so that everyone in the house had what they needed to feel secure and stable, the kids education and health, assisting our two oldest sons getting accepted then started into university, healthy eating for us all, introducing a cleaner more efficient way of life routines, then once everyone in our house was all ticking along smoothly the kids were happy and content I could set about changing the aspects of my own self I did not like one bit, the overweight issues so weight loss initially then dealing with the lack of exercise and other health issues one by one over the course of 2012 until I had my gastric bypass surgery the last day of the year.

There should definitely be psychological assessments before and after this life changing experience, its profound how much your life does change in such a very short space of time, last week I had to take two days out and just breathe as its all happening for me so fast. I’m not just talking about the WLS itself I mean the whole weight loss experience, its life changing no matter what way you look at it, there are masses of things you can do as a thinner person I never could have imagined doing before when I was over 330 pounds in size like yesterday I was sitting on a swing at the park with my little boy teaching him how to push himself with his legs by showing him me doing it myself, amazing experience and like I said I could not have done this before as I couldnt fit on to the swing or push myself I was simply too large a person.

There are the little daily things too, never mind about aeroplanes and the like, daily things come up like getting in and out of bed oh boy how I remember hauling myself up each time I needed to use the loo, it was a massive effort which left me breathless a lot of the time or like my chest was crushing with the weight of pulling and pushing to fight with the bed to get off of it on to my feet, once upright struggling to make it to the bathroom breathing so heavily it was scary. Now I spring out of bed each day ready to face the new challenges the day offers me, I have drive and energy something which was alien to me before when I was large.

Eating, now that I have lost a massive amount of weight I will never ever look at food items as rewards ever again, I eat only what makes me feel comfortable which these days are light things but in the past that would have been a whole pizza or large plate of stodgy crap I now know I do not need nor do I want. My whole attitude towards food has been re-learnt, that in itself for anyone is massive, retraining the pathways and attitude towards food that we learnt as children, that one issue requires a tremendous amount of support to see it through, so many people fall at this hurdle because it is such a big thing to actually want to change in the first place which does require you to change the way you eat and look at your relationship with food.

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