Y’all know Carnie Wilson? She of the singing group, Wilson Phillips fame… and daughter of Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys? Back in 1999, she had gastric bypass surgery… also back in 1999 I was 19 years old and a big blob of depression, weighing 8 bajillion pounds. I watched Carnie’s progress after her weight loss surgery like a hawk… every television interview she had… bought every magazine with an article about her. I was jealous and I so couldn’t wait until it was my turn to have the surgery. Fast forward to a few years later I did have gastric bypass surgery, as I’ve been very open about on this blog, and I thought my life was totally going to be all downhill from there.
Carnie Wilson lost a total of 150 pounds after her surgery, putting her weight at about 150 pounds… and then she started gaining and she gained back most all of those 150 lost pounds.
I lost a total of 170 pounds a year and a half after my surgery… which still put me around 360 pounds… and then I stopped losing… and I started gaining… and I gained back every single last one of those 170 pounds I had lost due to the stomach size restriction and I stretched my stomach right back out because I am talented at doing that… I did it once from birth to my 20s… I could definitely do it again in my 20s.
Cut to the year 2012, Carnie Wilson had another gastric procedure (this time the less invasive LapBand procedure) to help her lose weight… 2 weight loss surgeries in the space of 13 years. My question… why!?
I am not here to diss weight loss surgery. I have many friends and relations who have had it and have done marvelously on it… MARVELOUSLY. They’ve lost the weight and they’ve kept the weight off but that’s because they’ve worked at it. They’ve changed their lifestyle and the way they eat and the way they exercise. For them, the surgery was a tool… not a solve-all.
I wasn’t prepared after my surgery. Wasn’t prepared for the hard work and the change I needed to make. I have said in the past that I regret having the surgery, but I guess regret is too strong a word because I could never regret something I’ve learned from… and that surgery taught me so dagnabbed much about myself it ain’t even funny… the reason I regret it is because it has given me extra health issues to deal with… and medications I will have to take lifelong… anemia which I need infusions of iron for because I don’t absorb any iron I eat… B12 deficiency for which I get a shot twice a month… vitamin D and calcium deficiency, requiring pills… esophageal stricture issues… etc., etc., etc. I thought I’d had the surgery to help get rid of all of my pills, but instead I added more to the pot. It also was basically a waste of money since I managed to restretch out my stomach and was back to square one.
Carnie’s business really isn’t a snit of my business. I have no room to judge and certainly no expertise to spew at her, but it seems as if Carnie is not willing to deal with the real reason she eats and gains… and until she can step up and stare that in the face, she gonna be gaining the weight back yet again. I don’t care how many surgeries you have, it won’t “fix” you… only you can fix you!
Question of the Day: What are your thoughts on Carnie’s second weight loss surgery or weight loss surgery in general?