Category Archives: weight loss surgery

“All in!” Patient Perspective

jump-1209647__480Being “all in”  separates the goals we set because we “should…” from the goals we set because we “REALLY want…!”

Lets face it, trying to do something because we should is exhausting.  Working for something we REALLY want is energizing.  Below is one patients story of what happens when you go “all in”.  Although this is a patient who decided to have weight loss surgery, the approach can be applied to any goal set because we want to enjoy life to the fullest.

First, let me start by saying that when I went to the original orientation meeting for the Weight Center, I had absolutely no intention of having surgery. I was thinking that I could lose weight with behavior modification. Heck, I’d done it before. Of course, the weight always came back, usually those pounds brought a few friends with them. To consolidate this, I did have a sleeve mastectomy in 2014. At first, I reluctantly pursued an exercise regimen, because I was *told* that this was part of the program, not because I actually wanted to. My mindset at that time was simply this, I had gone through all the preparation and such to have the procedure done, I may as well do the work – this might be my last opportunity to be healthy (note, I did NOT say “skinny”).

I’m by no means saying that I’m perfect, or that anyone should see me as an example of what you *should* do. But I found, over time, that success becomes its best motivation. For every thing I suddenly realized I could do that I could never do before, I wanted to do more. Success is insidious and addictive. People who haven’t “been there” have no idea how empowering it can become to be able to MOVE, to do things that darn near felt like a near death experience before. Over the course of the last 2 1/2 years since my surgery, I’ve gone from being a card-carrying couch potato to working out nearly every day for an average of 45-60 minutes. I bought into the mindset that long term success requires total lifestyle change. It’s not a finite endeavor with some “end goal”, after which you can go back to your old habits. They’re what got you to the point of seeking surgery.

I’ve heard others say things like “I don’t want to deprive myself”, or “I don’t exercise, but I’m still losing weight”, and in inwardly cringe. These people just don’t seem to understand that bariatric surgery isn’t some magic pill that is going to fix what’s wrong…. it is merely a tool that can be used to aid in major changes in behavior. In order to be successful long term, you really DO have to go “all in” and exercise as well. No matter if your stomach is the size of a hard boiled egg or a Winnebago, exercise will *always* be a part of achieving a healthy body.

I went “all in”, and I still have work to do to reach my goal weight, but that is really secondary to what is truly important – being healthy. My advice, for what it’s worth is this: embrace the whole shebang, you might curse the process in the beginning, but when you see and feel your own success, you’ll be eternally grateful you did it.

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Keep Moving, Be Well, Be All In!

Janet

Please share these posts with anyone you know interested in losing weight with or without weight loss surgery.  Click here to learn more about the UMass Memorial Weight Center

These weekly blogs are general guidelines. These guidelines apply to patients who are cleared by a physician for the type of exercise described. Please contact your physician with any concerns or questions. Always report any symptoms associated with exercise, such as pain, irregular heartbeats, and dizziness or fainting, to your physician.

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by | April 10, 2017 · 3:18 pm

March 2nd Post-Bariatric Surgery Support Group

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by | February 14, 2017 · 3:23 pm

February 2nd. Post Bariatric Surgery Support Group

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by | January 23, 2017 · 3:40 pm

December Post Bariatric Surgery Support Group

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by | November 14, 2016 · 8:08 pm

Post-Bariatric Surgery Support Group November

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by | October 18, 2016 · 5:34 pm

Post-Bariatric Surgery Support Group NOW at 5pm!

You asked, we listened!  Our Post- Bariatric Surgery Support Group is moving to 5pm.  Hope you can join in this great opportunity for support, sharing and learning.

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by | September 20, 2016 · 5:01 pm

Two facts to know if you are dieting

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# 1 Dieting lowers metabolism

  • According to a large review study, by about 5.8 calories per day, for each pound lost (7).
  • If you were to lose 50 pounds your body would end up burning 290.5 fewer calories per day.
  • Some studies show it could even be more than that.

#2 Strength training is by far the best way to counteract this lowering of metabolism

  • Even without dieting, inactive adults lose about 3% to 8% of muscle mass per decade, lowering metabolism
    • This loss is increased not only with dieting, but with bed rest (starts within 24 hour)s and certain other medical conditions
    • Ten weeks of strength training can increase resting metabolic rate by 7% or more!
    • Cardiovascular exercise is not as effective as strength training for preserving metabolism (we need both types of exercise).
    • Strength training also has many great “side effects”
      • Improved ability to do daily activities, walking speed, and self-esteem.
      • Prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, and bone loss (with studies showing 1% to 3% increase in bone mineral density)
      • Reduced low back pain and easing discomfort associated with arthritis and fibromyalgia


Enough said!

Keep Moving, Be Well

Janet

Please share these posts with anyone you know interested in losing weight with or without weight loss surgery.  Click here to learn more about the UMass Memorial Weight Center

These weekly blogs are general guidelines. These guidelines apply to patients who are cleared by a physician for the type of exercise described. Please contact your physician with any concerns or questions. Always report any symptoms associated with exercise, such as pain, irregular heartbeats, and dizziness or fainting, to your physician.

 

 

 

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by | September 14, 2016 · 5:40 pm