She Had A What!?!?!?

So, it’s been five days since I started this blogging adventure… I feel like we’re all pals by now… like I could drive over to your place in my crusty 1897 Buick named Beulah and we could all go out for milkshakes… skimmed milk variety for those on a “die”t!  Now we should be to the “tell all your deepest darkest secrets” phase of the relationship… who’s first?  Oh, alright… if I must… I used to work as ship steerer on the Titanic!!  That’s a lie… I was the assistant ship steerer.  Now that we have my occupation out of the way…  10 years ago I had a gastric bypass surgery!

GASP!

WHAT!?

YOU DON’T SAY!!!?

I did… I had a doctor take a knife, split me in two and rearrange my innards.  It was a glorious surgery… totally would recommend it over a trip to Hawaii any day!  At that time 10 years ago… I was totally excited for this surgery.  I would have moved into the surgery room and slept on the metal slab gurney for 2 weeks waiting for my turn, I was so anxious to get it done.  It was my ticket to a whole new life… to a cover on Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition… to a life where I didn’t have to worry about fitting into chairs and being able to walk for more than 10 seconds without wanting to vomit.  I was on my way to normalcy! 

SCREEEEEEECH!!!!!!!!!!!!  CRASH!!!!!!

Fast forward a few years later and I was right back where I started… 530 pounds, worrying about fitting into chairs and walking for more than 10 seconds without wanting to vomit… not to mention kissing goodbye the Swimsuit Cover!!!  Lawsy gracious!  I did manage to lose 180 pounds in the first year after the surgery… totally impressive, right?  NOT… when your stomach can only hold 2 ounces of food at a time, of course you’re going to lose weight.  I didn’t learn a darn thing.  I take that back… I did learn several things.  I learned how to fit more than 2 ounces of food into a 2-ounce stomach… I learned how to use phrases like, “my surgery,” “my scar hurts,” and “dumping syndrome” to get out of any form of exercise or movement.  I also learned how to stretch my stomach right back to it’s original size!  I’m a smart girl, see. 

I’m not saying that gastric bypass surgery does not work… I have several friends and relations who have had the surgery and are happy as clams.  I am saying that it is not a magic wand… it’s a tool… and if you don’t change your lifestyle when you’re given that tool, you will be in my same shoes and gain all the weight back.  I also picked up some vitamin and mineral deficiencies that will be lifelong problems because I can no longer absorb things like iron, vitamin D, and B12.  BUT, on the upside, I have my own recliner at the infusion center in the local hospital… right in between snoring Horace and “washes her hair once a decade” Gertrude for my monthly iron infusions!  BING-O!

If I knew then what I know now, would I have gone through with the surgery?  Probably not…  While I’m doling out recommendations, I’d also not recommend Lindsay Lohen as a babysitter or Charlie Sheen as a role model for clean living!

So, I started over.  This time with a stretched out stomach and some common sense… and I gotta tell you… 205 pounds down to date…  it feels good.  It feels good to know that I’ve accomplished this through hard work and good ole fashioned perserverence.  Ask my buddy, snoring Horace… he’ll tell you… you’ll have to talk louder his hearing aids are broken.

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12 responses to “She Had A What!?!?!?

  1. Dessa Wade

    Whit, I could not be prouder of my daughter. You’ll need to get to the part where your mother put you on that die’t at age 7. Nevertheless, thanks for being a shining example to me and making me laugh right outloud everytime I read your blog.
    Love you!

  2. What was the first life style change you made when you started over?

    I am always so impressed by someone who continues toward their end goal despite a set back.

    • Hi Emilie… thank you for the comment… and good question.

      I’d guess the first lifestyle change I made was writing down everything I was eating… being more aware of what I was putting in my mouth and reading labels. Then, I slowly added in exercise and ta da. It’s funny all the fads we will buy into when the real “secret” is FREE!

  3. Chantal

    I’m so happy for you that you are doing this the ”right way” this time! I can imagine how good you feel! I can’t wait to have that feeling!I’m still not there yet! Before starting my journey I was looking into getting a lapband or whatever else needed to be done to help me with this weight loss but I’m glad I did not do it after reading your blog. I guess I’m ready too to do it the ”right way” but just have to get my &%$ in gear. You are a great motivation! Thank you for writing these blogs…

    I know you still have a long way to go just like me, so I hope we can stick together to do this! It’s always nice to get comments and suggestions from a ”PRO” like you! Take care! 😀

  4. kim

    ME TOOOO!!! Well not gastric bypass but lap – band. I also was very good at making my pouch bigger. Did it in 2003 and now 8 years later..right back to where I started. You are so right saying it’s a tool..if your minds not working with it..it’s not going to do anything for you. While I don’t have the vitamin deficiencies..I carry around a lovely port under my skin just above my stomach and oh yes..the hiatal hernia caused by all the lurching my too tight band has caused over the years…just lovely! Thanks for the encouragement once again!! Kim

  5. Lyndsey

    Oh Whitney, I adore you! Your writing totally makes my day. Amazing journey. You are a fabulous role model. THANK YOU!

  6. Hi, I stumbled upon this entry by accident and I’m really glad I did. See, a little over a year ago I also had gastric bypass surgery. I’ve lost over 130 lbs so far and have a little under 40 lbs left to lose. It took me a while to realize that yes, this is only a tool and I have to change for it to work forever. I’ve recently started really committing to working out and make healthier choices everyday with what I eat, but I still have setbacks and whenever I get emotional, my first impulse is to eat what I’m not supposed to. It’s scary because now sugar doesn’t even make me sick anymore.
    Do you have any advice for me, how to persevere how you have on your own? Gaining all my weight back is my biggest fear, literally, I have constant nightmares about it.
    Thanks for listening.
    -Kat

    • Hi Kat! Congrats on the loss so far! That’s awesome that it has worked for you so well! Since I gained all of my initial weight loss back (have re-lost it since without the help of the surgery), the things I would have done differently if I knew then what I know now? Firstly, I would have written down everything I ate over the course of the day… logging is crucial. I use this excellent FREE online site right now: myfitnesspal.com It’s kind of like facebook for weight loss in that you have a support system and can log your food and exercise. I’d also keep up the exercising and not be so hard on yourself. I don’t restrict myself when it comes to eating… as long as I can fit it into my daily calorie allowance, I can eat it. Good luck! You can get that last 40! 🙂

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