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Friday, September 30, 2011

The Easy Way Out...NOT!

Okay.  This has been bugging me for a while now, so I'm going to let go here! Weight loss surgery is *not* the "easy way out" when it comes to weight loss!

For those of you who have been reading the blog all along, I apologize, because you must already know that this is no picnic!  But for those who are new--or for those of you who know people who dismiss this surgery as "easy", I want to say a few things.

When lawyer/television personality Star Jones had gastric bypass, she kept quiet about it.  Why?  Probably because she was ashamed.  There's a weird stigma that goes with this surgery.  Even *I* have whispered about it.  There is some strange kind of thinking that a) it's easy and b) there's something really *wrong* with someone who needs this surgery and "opts" to have his or her body mutilated "just to lose weight".

Let me speak to option "b" first.  Of course there's something wrong!  It's obesity, dummies!  And in this country, especially, obesity is totally misunderstood.  (Go back to my post "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" if you need a refresher on the subject.) Furthermore, when someone *does* decide to do something as dramatic as this surgery, it's not "just to lose weight".  It's not about becoming a size two.  It's about quality of life, about improving one's health, about lengthening one's life.

As for this being "easy"...puh-lease!  It is one of the hardest things I've *ever* done.  If I don't eat enough protein, I feel sick.  If I eat too much protein (or anything else), I feel sick.  If I drink too much water, I feel sick.  If I don't drink enough water, I feel sick.  Easy, my ass!  

Still, I'm glad I did it.  I've lost nearly forty pounds (or so...I have an official weigh-in next Thursday), and as bad as my knees still feel, they have definitely improved.  I'm wearing clothes (with room to spare) that I haven't worn in five or more years.  I'm exercising fairly regularly, and I'm probably much healthier than I have been in many, many years!

But easy?  Not even a little bit.

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