When I was banded in 2009 I decided that I was going to go to support group meetings. They were very informative and they helped me to deal with every day things. But there was one thing that was really clear to me. If you don’t deal with the mind clutter you’re not going to be successful moving forward in your weight-loss surgery.
There were so many people in my support group happy to report that they had learned to cheat the system. Many said that they would cheat by drinking milk shakes because it was easier to get down. And many had major issues with food and emotions. I guess I was a little different. Because I had tackled all of the mind clutter before I went into surgery. It’s a struggle to become healthy sometimes. And let’s face it, sometimes when you tell people that you had weight-loss surgery they immediately judge you. They think it’s someway of cheating on losing weight. I beg to differ. We still face the same things as we did before the surgery. We have to master those demons.
I am not just getting the sleeve because I want to look cute. That’s just a side bar of what will happen. My main goal is to feel good, and be healthy. I did not know my birth mother growing up. But I did meet her when I was 18 years old. And all of her health issues was major. Her whole family were obese. I don’t care what anybody says genetics plays a part in our weight. Some of us are prone to being heavier. But there is one thing for sure, I do not want diabetes, I do not want high blood pressure, and I do not want to die for health purposes earlier than I have to! My birth mother passed away at the age of 59 due to her health issues that she never tackled. That will not be me.
So once again I’m doing the hard work. Getting my mind in order and I am excited about the future.