i'm 5 years out from an open rny. i started with a bmi of 66 and a weight of 463. currently, my weight is 165 and my bmi is 23.
a lot has changed! i viewed WLS as a way to "level the field" again, so i could start over and do things right this time. now i eat much much less of course, but i also try to eat more healthily. in my old life, the only way i ate fruit was in a pie! now i focus on protein of course, but i eat fruits and vegetables too. i very rarely eat bread. i don't go to fast food places. i don't eat french fries anymore. i haven't had a carbonated beverage in 5 years.
i'm not saying that i never have a cookie - cause i DO have an occasional cookie (or some other sweet treat). i don't feel deprived. but i don't buy a box of cookies and go home and eat the whole box in one sitting anymore, like i used to do.
i've also added some exercise into my life. i have a beagle that loves to walk, so he and i have walked miles and miles around our city. we both enjoy it. and i have some weights i picked up at walmart that i use for upper body strengthening.
having WLS isn't a majic button that gets pushed (although in the beginning it did almost feel that way when the lbs were coming off fast and i felt like i was melting!). but in reality, the surgery is a tool that needs to be used properly to be successful. i needed to re-think my relationship with food. before, i used to food to celebrate, to mourn, to fill boredom...whatever - food was my constant companion. now i really try to view food as the fuel my body requires.
it's not been an easy journey to lose 298 lbs. but it has SO been worth the effort.
all the best to you!
open rny or lapr?