WLS – 25 1-year post-op

Fun times playing pool with family friend Ben

Fun times playing pool with family friend Ben

So last week was my first year after WLS. Where to start!

Worst news? (I guess) I stopped losing weight. That’s good, because otherwise I would be invisible.

After losing about 105 pounds, I just reached a place where I wanted my old life back. I didn’t necessary want to eat a lot and be fat, but I wanted more energy, less constipation, and less sitting around thinking about my health. So I started adding foods back into my diet and loosened up on the 30-30 rule.

And I gained weight. About 6 pounds so far. Wouldn’t surprise me if I gain another 6, maybe a lot more. This has always been a losing battle, remember. I had no illusions coming in. The sad fact that most diet books and other professionals will not tell you is that only about 5% of people lose weight and keep it off. It’s always a losing battle. If it makes you feel any better, animals also are getting fatter — and nobody knows why.

The good news is that it’s good to be 100 pounds lighter. I enjoy it everyday. I enjoy the clothes, the reserve energy I can call on when needed, and getting more respect from people when dealing with them in social situations.

Hair falling out? Not so much. I didn’t go bald, but the top of my head is a lot shinier than it used to be. Not sure if it’s coming back or not. (I stopped cutting my hair when I had the surgery)

I had a “blockage” last night. First one in a long time. I had eaten a slice of pizza around 4, then around 6 went out for asian-fusion food: a beef stir-fry on rice. The beef was good, and I was busy talking to my business partner (remember, the goal is to get back to normal, not sit around counting food chews) so I just kind of wolfed it down. I ate maybe 7 or 8 times in a row without really thinking about what I was doing.

Big mistake. I finally realized what I had done and stopped. But it was too late. I suffered for a couple of hours, took my Papaya Enzyme, and it went away.

I guess some folks would consider this a bad thing, but I don’t look at it that way. I purposely had my digestive system altered because I eat too much. This was my new digestive system working as it should — reminding me to slow the heck down. So today I plan on doing that!

I think the surgery was one of the best health decisions I’ve ever made, but it was also a life-changing event. I used to think I was bullet-proof — my health was always pretty good. Not so much anymore. Now I realize how precarious health can be. At the same time, I’ve come to realize how important it is to get out and engage with life. I think it would have been easy to have took more time off, self-obsessed, and maybe lose another 30 pounds or so. And who knows, maybe that’s what I should have done. I remember those days of just taking the football and running with it.

At some point, however, life is about more than football. That is, there’s more to life than how much you weigh. If your digestive system is not configured for the world we live in, fix it. Then move on with your life.

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