So I’ve had a few comments from passers by that surgery is the easy way out. That is so far from the truth it’s not funny!
Going for surgery wasn’t an easy decision for me. It’s like admitting that I have an obesity problem, and no matter what I did I couldn’t fix it without intervention. It wasn’t for cosmetic reasons, it was pure and simple to live longer, and to be the Mum I wanted to be.
Surgery is a tool. It is not the answer, it helps guide you down the right path into better decisions. Most overweight people have some sort of addiction, which can be why they are overweight in the first place. I most definitely was addicted to food. I was also addicted to V. These were real addictions. I would wake up in the morning and generally the first thing I would think about was what food I could eat today. On the weekend I would look forward to my husband bringing in my 6 pieces of toast layered with peanut butter (and I mean layered!) and a bottle of V. If there was no V in the house, someone would have to go to the shop and purchase it, as I couldn’t have my toast without it. It would be eating a pie, a whole bag or chips.. or sneaking to the beach at midnight after work and eating Burger King before I went home.
Now, having had surgery.. those addictions are still there. But now I have to fight very hard to fight them because I can simply just not eat that food anymore, if I do.. I get sick. It’s not just a cheeky vomit either, it’s heart palpitations, chest pain, vomiting, sweats - it is bloody awful.
Having surgery doesn’t fix the head. These addictions don’t just leave us, we have to work at it - the difference between surgery and dieting in my eyes is you can’t “cheat” as easy. The major plus side I find with surgery is that because the weight is falling off for the first 6 months or so, it keeps the motivation high, you feel successful and you start to feel excited for the future! I am so close to being in the 80kg range that I actually can’t believe it. I was 80kg when I was at Intermediate school going to my first Weight Watchers seminar with my Mum. I’m now 32 and I am so excited for my future! - 54 minutes ago