Same Old Rant….Bariatric Surgery not Brain surgery

Are you ready for the  same old rant as usual?  How many times have you heard “You had bariatric surgery, not brain surgery.”? A lot right? We all know it. Yet so many of us still struggle. More over, the mental anguish that comes post bariatric surgery is really hard to deal with.  Will power has never been my strong point. I’m all fine and good until the shit hits the fan in my life, and then it all goes out the window. This is my opinion. Strictly my opinion. You have permission to hate me for it. Ready? Okay. #1: You didn’t become an obese person because you were a perfectly happy, mentally healthy person. #2: You didn’t get to the point of seeking out the extreme of bariatric surgery because you were slightly over weight. #3:...

Local Atlanta News Story On WLS for Obese Teens

Local Atlanta News Story On WLS for Obese Teens

All day today I have heard a clip for a local Atlanta news story on WLS for Obese Teens. It was a doctor saying something along the lines of “Obese kids are just as unhappy as kids that are on chemotherapy.” This left me wondering if this news piece was spinning depression as a reason for WLS. The next commercial for the same piece had a voice over saying some doctors no longer consider WLS to be a controversial treatment for teenage obesity. I was ready with my trusty iphone. I was going to get this “segment” if it killed me. Before I share the video, I want to say that the children in this segment are beautiful girls. I am sure that their parents have made well informed decisions. I appreciate the whole family approach that the...

Depression, Leg Pain, & Next Week There’s Yoga!

The last time I checked in with you all, I was gloomy and gross. My mindset had not improved much over the past six months, in fact it took a dive for a bit. I had gotten the Flu and my leg pain hit an all time high and constant. It was unbearable at times, there were tears often, and my staircase and I have become enemies.  I fall up the stairs & down the stairs, and sometimes I fall on my way to the stairs. I think it mocks me. As a result, my sore legs have convinced my brain that planting my ass anywhere would be a better idea than being on my legs. So I have done a lot of sitting or laying down, and watching TV, reading, hiding from society. This is how I cope. I’ve claimed it before, but here you see it first hand. I went MIA for six months from...

Losing Myself, Identifying Myself & Taking Responsibility For It All (life after my sleeve gastrectomy)

Through out the time I have blogged, I have been open as to the goings on in my life. I have readily told of my morbid obesity, my weight loss surgery, my struggles to find my footing between being extremely restrictive in what I eat or going completely overboard. I have shared my struggles with seeing myself in photos past, and shared my love of seeing myself in photos present. I  have told you of my bouts with muscle weakness and a diagnosis of muscle disease, and I told you how I joined the gym and started to work on my strength. So here we are. Its January 2013. I’m fatter than I was the last time I blogged about my own personal weight loss surgery voyage. I’m fatter than I was the last time I blogged a few weeks ago. I am carrying an extra 20lbs....

The Latest Bariatric Surgery Product, it Astounds and Horrifies!

Bariatric Surgery is known to be restrictive, malabsorptive, or both. But what happens when bariatrics take a turn, offering a different option all together. What happens when medically approved binging becomes the newest option being sold to the obese community? Have no doubt about it, this is a product, a sales pitch and I believe it is incredibly dangerous. Do you remember the trending fad in 2011? It was the NG tube diet.  A good many of us sat back and shook our heads, words flew out of our fingers as we blogged about it, pleas escaped our faces as we begged our readers and our friends to not fall victim to such a stupid thing.  I am happy to report that I have personally only seen one person walking about with an NG tube taped to her face, while walking...

Remission and Relapse in type II Diabetes post Gastric Bypass Surgery.

There is a new study out, and the WLS nay saying bloggers are gearing up to go to town with it. So lets take a look at the study for ourselves.   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23161525 Obes Surg. 2012 Nov 18. [Epub ahead of print] A Multisite Study of Long-term Remission and Relapse of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Following Gastric Bypass. Arterburn DE, Bogart A, Sherwood NE, Sidney S, Coleman KJ, Haneuse S, O’Connor PJ, Theis MK, Campos GM, McCulloch D, Selby J. Source Group Health Research Institute, 1730 Minor Ave, Suite 1600, Seattle, WA, 98101, USA, arterburn.d@ghc.org. Abstract BACKGROUND: Gastric bypass has profound effects on glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The goal of this study was to examine the long-term...

Your worst memory, could be happening to your child too!

Do you remember that horrible time when you got on a scale in gym class? I know that many of you do. I know this because so many of us have shared our own sorrows over the hurt feelings that resulted in those days. It was  barbaric, right? Thank God they don’t do THAT anymore… right? Well hold on to your seat parents, because its happening in schools all over the United States and Canada, and your permission is not needed. A few weeks ago my 7 year old came downstairs after everybody had gone to bed. He sat on the ottoman in front of me and said “Mommy, can I tell you something?”. He had those big ol’ fat tears that just linger in the bottom of his eye lids. My heart sank, because what ever this was, it was really upsetting him and...