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    Hi Guys

    Just seen this on our Facebook page and thought it would be useful reading for us here on the forum. Can any of you identify with this woman’s story? I can to a point. I think it highlights the need for psychological counselling both pre and post op.

    Doodah x

    Woman who shed 180lbs after weight loss surgery reveals how ‘the fairy tale of being skinny’ was an ‘astonishing’ disappointment | Mail Online


    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.


    Amazingly comprehensive and honest post AGAIN. Thank you for your ongoing support and candid accounts Helen.

    I no longer see food as a reward or comfort but something to keep this old bag of bones ticking along steadily. If fact, yesterday was a terribly trying day for me and my family and instead of turning to food, I actually rejected it both mentally and physically. When I eventually forced myself to eat, my stressed out, unhappy mind and body rejected it: I was sick. It wasn’t dumping but anxiety.

    This is something new to me but is totally ‘normal’ for most people. You see, in the past I would have buried my anxiety with mountains of food and never let it surface. Yesterday, instead, I cried all day. I NEVER cry. But, I’m going to try it more often from now on as it is what we are supposed to do when we our hearts are aching. No one saw it as weakness and I didn’t have to bear that terrible pressure of suppressing my emotions.

    So, wls has taught me something new almost five years post op – that it is normal to FEEL and express emotion: negative or positive. My bypass almost five years ago is still teaching me how to live like a ‘normal’ person. Bariatric surgery has so much to teach us – if we can just learn to stop and listen.

    Doodah x

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