Friday, March 19, 2010

My take on weight loss surgery...

I want to discuss my views on weight loss surgery. Many people including family members, doctors, and friends have tried talking me into getting either a gastric bypass or lap band surgery. My answer has been and always will be NO!. Yes some people honestly need the surgery, they have health issues that wont allow them to lose the weight the natural way. Also some people who can lose the weight the natural just don't want to attempt that battle. I do not fall into either of those categories. I want to step up and destroy this challenge.

I remember I once went to a informational session for gastric bypass. Basically a team of doctors thoroughly discussed what exactly the operation consisted of and the requirements to receive it. There was about 100 people at the session. So I was sitting there listening to some of the questions people had and I thought to myself I am not like these people. Some guy asked if he had to work out if he had the surgery? One lady asked if she could still drink the same amount of alcohol? One lady wanted to know if she could have the surgery that same week!! Yes everyone in that room was overweight including me, but I wanted to exercise, I wanted to watch what I ate, I wanted to change my lifestyle. So I walked out of the session, I knew I could do it the natural way.

Surgery wouldn't solve why I became overweight. Instead of eating to fuel my body I had spent 20 years of my life eating to heal my wounds. I didn't eat because I was hungry, I ate to fill the voids in my life. I have the mentality of an engineer, It took certain actions to get where I am today and it will take certain opposite actions to get back to where I want to be. So that's what I am going to do. Surgery will never be MY solution.

3 comments:

Alyssa T said...

I absolutely love this post. I just linked to your blog from theathletesplate.com and I plan on reading it all from the beginning.

Alan said...

Thank you Alyssa :)

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