Sure it’s an amazing Transformation, but it’s not Magic. Can you handle the truth? Here’s the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Betcha Can’t Eat Just One
I am horrified by some of the stories new post ops tell of eating foods that I wouldn’t have dreamed of eating when I first had my bariatric surgery back in 2001. What is the difference? FEAR!
What was it like in the olden days, Mr. Peabody?
Back then, no one knew what to expect. There were no suggestions for meals, or guidelines, no real rules, remember that there was barely an internet twenty years ago. No living breathing examples of post ops, other than Carnie Wilson, fresh from her Playboy layout. I remember watching her give a TV interview while she made a dessert with Sweetened Condensed Milk, licking it from her fingers and calling it ‘Liquid Gold’. I also recall thinking ‘that girl is in big trouble’.
You are on thin ice!
Back in the year 2000, having bariatric surgery was like walking across a frozen lake, never being sure if the next step would crack the ice, and plunge us into the icy water. We didn’t know anyone who had actually been across the lake before – we were on our own inching along tentatively, scared to death of what could or would happen.
Party like it’s 1999
Today, there are all kinds of people on the other side of the frozen lake rooting you on, having a party with confetti and they’re all drinking Diet Cokes. Come on – walk faster! Don’t worry! The ice is THICK! Don’t be scared!
Have an Oreo, we’re all having Oreos. You deserve to eat an Oreo! We are eating Oreos and look at us! We’re losing weight. Don’t listen to those people trying to scare you! You didn’t have surgery to be on a diet for the rest of your life! Go ahead, have a sandwich, it’s whole wheat bread! HAVE A PIZZA MADE WITH A TORTILLA… EVERYTHING IN MODERATION! Potatoes are vegetables, have some! Would you like a Diet Mountain Dew? I drink soda and I have lost 75 pounds in four months, I must be doing something right!
Misery Loves Company
If others are doing it, it cant be that bad! Can it? Isn’t this how we arrived at the doorstep of bariatric surgery to begin with; by ignoring the reality of our actions? Why, yes it is! Let’s find others who are also pushing it and not doing what they are supposed to be doing. IF they are still alive maybe I can get away with it too!
The Readers Digest Version (ask your mother)
Bariatric surgery drastically reduces the amount of food you can stuff into your mouth and ultimately your stomach – and for about SEVEN MONTHS you can effectually eat just about anything and still lose ONE HUNDRED POUNDS!
You can literally not move a single muscle and eat whatever you want (that doesn’t come back up) and because your stomach has been made so small you can actually lose ONE HUNDRED POUNDS!
Now the Hidden Truth
Please listen as this is critical – you are not driving the bus for the first seven months after surgery, even though you may think so. It is the surgery doing the work! What you do with the massive head start that bariatric surgery provides is up to you.
IF you take it upon yourself to learn what ‘eating right’ actually means – it takes a while to get the hang of it, even though it is simple it does take planning and effort…
IF you figure out a way to motivate yourself to move your big ole butt at least a little bit on 3 out of 7 days a week, even if it’s just parking further out in the lot at the office…
IF you somehow look inside yourself and figure out that you may have an underlying issue which is the cause of your eating – that this is not really about food for you and take the even bigger step to work it out with a therapist…
IF you put your hands over your ears and ignore the Oreo Eaters who do not realize they are following false Oreo gods and hanging with the WRONG CROWD…
You will have an amazing opportunity to overcome and even reverse the death sentence of Morbid Obesity!
The Truth about Bariatric Surgery:
Bariatric surgery gives you about SEVEN MONTHS to easily take off ONE HUNDRED POUNDS to lighten your load and give a boost to your self-esteem, while you get your act together and learn how to eat right. Drop the Mic.