Weight Loss 1 — The Decision

I’m going to take my blog and keep track of my weight loss journey. I know, I know — it’s not technology, management, or humor, but it’s my blog and I get to do what I want!

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As many of you may know, I am a bit overweight. By “a bit”, I mean the doctor said I either had to lose weight or capture an asteroid in my gravity well so I could be declared a planet.

It’s something I’ve struggled with over the years. Tried all kinds of things to help.

After continued failure, I’ve decided to look into bariatric surgery. You know, where the doctor rips your stomach out with a fork. In this fashion, without a stomach, you find it difficult to eat, so you lose weight.

I did a lot of research, and traveled several hours to Northern Virginia yesterday to meet with a doctor. As it turns out, it’s much more complicated than I imagine. They don’t actually use a fork.

Instead, there’s this involved process of tests, double-checks, counseling, and so forth to give this thing the best shot possible. After an initial consult, I was given a list of about a dozen things to do — including an endoscopic examination which requires sedation — just to go to the next step, which is planning for surgery.

There are a lot of pros and cons to having bariatric surgery, and it’s not something I do lightly. One of the guys yesterday asked what my goals for being there were, and I said “To save my life” So, as much as I joke, to me this is a pretty serious situation.

I hope to use this blog to describe my journey.

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