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Posted on Wed, Nov 07, 2007 15:27

With the recent surgical advances in helping those who are Morbidly Obese If you had the chance to change your body size through a multi tiered approach(Behavior modification, More physical exercise,Surgery ) would you do it? To your BMI to a lower # ,and make your self a more healthier person.


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Posted on Mon, Jul 07, 2008 10:00

I Did it!!


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Posted on Sat, Jun 14, 2008 14:02

Well It has been a few weeks since my last post on this thread. To bring everyone up to speed. Last Thursday I had my final consult before the lap band surgurey. Tuesday I have to go to the hospital that is doing the procedure and fill out all the paper work, and fork over the checks to the hospital. After that by the 26 of this month I will have the surgury. If every thing goes to plan I will be recooperating for about two weeks.


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Posted on Sun, Mar 30, 2008 13:56

I had a gastric bypass 05/2005 on my birthday (a gift to myself lol). Reason: diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea. I never had a pbm with self esteem, I knew I was a fine looking BBW but the medical issues were scaring me. Now almost 3 years since the procedure, I've lost 100lbs (Dr. wants me to lose more)I'm off my medications (only on vitamins now)but I seriously miss eating some good old fashion fat filled devil dogs, ding dongs, twinkies etc..Any one who considers undergoing this procedure or the lap band, really think it through, it's not easy....


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Posted on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 15:53

well another 4 pounds.Had tests today, All I have to say is the stuff for the tests tasted not pleasent the first part like Crushed up alcaseltser tablets and chased with a hint of Vinagar water. The second part like plaster of paris in warm runny yogurt. YUMMMY!


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Posted on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 17:25

Well just went to the doctor today. I lost a nother 5 pounds. Doctor says that I am right on track.In the next two weeks he will set up the surgurery.Looks like after that I'll probilly be convalesing for about 10 to 14 days.


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Posted on Thu, Feb 07, 2008 11:30

Quoting: Originally posted by butterdragon No I wouldn't go under the knife to make someone else happy. Your partner should love you for who you are.The only way I'd consent to any surgery is if my life depended on it.

I agree with you on that you should ever undergo sugery of the request of your partner. Just to make them happy.The person that you should be concerned with is you! As for me, My life does depend on it at 5'10" and 415 lbs with a BMI over 60. Ide say my life does. All though not the "Maricle approach" it is one of many a tools , Help me regain my life.Emotional Counslenig , Dietary coaching, will complemnt the mix.


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Posted on Sun, Jan 13, 2008 12:42

No I wouldn't go under the knife to make someone else happy. Your partner should love you for who you are.The only way I'd consent to any surgery is if my life depended on it.


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Posted on Tue, Dec 18, 2007 19:58

ME! ME! ME! I'm Calorie Free-- but NOT SUGAR FREE!!! ME! ME! ME!! LOL!!!!!!!


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Posted on Tue, Dec 18, 2007 19:32

Well a short update since the last doctor visit. I have lost six pounds No bread no pasta.20 carbs per day. Right now I wish I had a Huge platter of biscuits.or a nice loaf of garlic toast to eat ,but alas I know I can not. May be I need to find somebody sweet to nibble on.


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Posted on Mon, Dec 10, 2007 00:37

I think true and kauianancy made some valid points here. I am one that is very overweight and have all the health problems that come with it. I know at this time my mind is not right for something like this. I know there would be times that I would overeat or at least try to. To covergirl: is 45-50 lbs really worth the risk you look good as you are and from your other post you seem to be doing ok now. I'm all smiles for you. Good luck for your furture.


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Posted on Sun, Nov 18, 2007 11:07

A friend of mine had the lapband surgery over a year ago. She's lost a lot of weight, but she still eats for emotional reasons, and worries about gaining the weight back. She had aftercare counseling, which helped. But the psychological burden she carries around is the same! I overeat for emotional reasons also, so I think I'm better off trying to tune into my body and eat what/when I need to eat. But I completely respect those who choose to have the surgery, especially if one's health is compromised.


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Posted on Sat, Nov 17, 2007 20:36

Re: CoverGirl write: Actually.... why not try getting a couple of wisdom teeth removed... it's doing wonders for my waist line. :-P

Been there , done that,22 years ago.


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Posted on Wed, Nov 14, 2007 10:30

Re: truefriendinme write: I think ONLY if I were MORBIDLY OBESE, and unable to care for myself or my family anymore or if I were unable to ambulate (walk). I work in a hospital and many times, I am assigned the Digestive Disease Center. I have taken care of way too many patients who have had this done and have had: 1) serious complications, such as infections that can be life-threatening, bleeding issues, scar tissue, problems resuming a normal diet--no matter the quantity, I'm talking about TYPES of foods no longer being able to be eaten... 2) had to have it done a second time, or more 3) just went right back to thier old eating habits--wasted money and valuable resources on the surgery I've also taken care of many patients who had it done and loved it. Then they got divorced! (No kidding-- really. The spouses or signifigant others sometimes cannot handle the patient looking "good"!) In addition, I feel if you cannot change the mind set, and make yourself eat a healthy diet and live a healthy lifestyle-- whether fat or thin-- then what good is it really gonna do you to get a little band on your stomach? Even if someone has a medical condition that causes them to gain weight, the medical condition should be addressed FIRST, then the possibility of the band considered. Maybe AFTER changing diet and exercise patterns for a while, and then still having no success in weight loss...that might be a good, viable option. THAT might work!

True, Very informative...I was toying around with this idea but I had heard it is risky.


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Posted on Tue, Nov 13, 2007 18:22

Nope, quite content "as is". Now if I were very overweight, then I suspect I would consider it.


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Posted on Sat, Nov 10, 2007 22:30

I think ONLY if I were MORBIDLY OBESE, and unable to care for myself or my family anymore or if I were unable to ambulate (walk). I work in a hospital and many times, I am assigned the Digestive Disease Center. I have taken care of way too many patients who have had this done and have had: 1) serious complications, such as infections that can be life-threatening, bleeding issues, scar tissue, problems resuming a normal diet--no matter the quantity, I'm talking about TYPES of foods no longer being able to be eaten... 2) had to have it done a second time, or more 3) just went right back to thier old eating habits--wasted money and valuable resources on the surgery I've also taken care of many patients who had it done and loved it. Then they got divorced! (No kidding-- really. The spouses or signifigant others sometimes cannot handle the patient looking "good"!) In addition, I feel if you cannot change the mind set, and make yourself eat a healthy diet and live a healthy lifestyle-- whether fat or thin-- then what good is it really gonna do you to get a little band on your stomach? Even if someone has a medical condition that causes them to gain weight, the medical condition should be addressed FIRST, then the possibility of the band considered. Maybe AFTER changing diet and exercise patterns for a while, and then still having no success in weight loss...that might be a good, viable option. THAT might work!


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Posted on Thu, Nov 08, 2007 19:02

No, I don't think so. I think too many people see this as a miracle cure when in truth it is not. There are soooooo many risks of complications and you STILL have to make the same life style changes in diet and exercise and they do have to be permanent. Its just that your stomach is made dramatically smaller so it is more difficult to overeat. But if you DO overeat you get sick and you risk MORE complications with your lap band or other gastric bypass device rupturing causing damage and need for more surgery. But when they DO come out with that miracle cure I will be first in line...


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Posted on Thu, Nov 08, 2007 00:25

For me, absolutely not, never in a million years! I'm fortunate that without any real effort my weight stays withing a 5lb window which is in a slow downward trend. I'm healthy (should exercise more!) and my natural diet - that is, the things I like to eat -is full of all the good stuff as well as some naughty stuff! Even if that wasn't the case, frankly I'd rather stick pins in my eyes!


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Posted on Wed, Nov 07, 2007 18:05

I'd do it in a heartbeat if I could afford to. I'll never be a size 9 but I'd love to be healthy and fit. I've tried and tried to lose weight the conventional way but I just can't get it jumpstarted. The older I get the harder it is. But, I'll figure a way somehow...I have to, for my daughter. Melissa


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Posted on Wed, Nov 07, 2007 17:07

I was in the process of losing weight last year. I went from a size 26 to 22 before the accident. The due to the accident, I got down to a size 20. Now I think I'm going back up because I can't exercise most of the time. Winter is terrible on healing bones. All that to say, I would do exercise and diet change. I don't want to ever have another surgery...3 was more than enough.


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