Hello my fellow travelers of the path. I'm returning to this site after quite awhile away, and one thing hasn't changed in that whole time: Something in my gut doesn't believe that surgical intervention would fix my problem with food.
I have been morbidly obese since I was probably 12yrs old and I'm 37 now. I tried every commercial program for weight loss there was. I also have experienced many people I know choose Gastric Bypass as a way to help them with their food problem. I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AGAINST THOSE PEOPLE. I'm truly happy if they've gotten the results they wanted.
I truly beieve that in order to "fix" my problem with food, I would need to have a lobotomy and not an operation on my stomach. The problem is NOT the size of my stomach. It's my head constanly chosing food as a way for me to cope with life NOT being the way I want it to be at any given moment. I've spent time in an inpatient treatment facility and was there with people who became bulimic after having Gastric Bypass because they couldn't put the food down.
I found Twelve Step recovery in 2000. I did VERY well in the beginning because I was willing to take direction and do what was suggested. I lost A LOT of weight but because I didn't let my head catch up with my body I couldn't maintain that weight loss and relapsed. Just like the alcoholic. Anyway, after Losing my job, my apartment, my independence, and the cartiledge in 3 of my major joints, and having my mom died, I decided I needed to come back to OA.
I'm always so surprised that OA is not mentioned more amongst people who study and try to help people with obesity and food issues. I will say that I'm not doing JUST OA right now, I seeking support through a hospital for structure and coaching on losing weight as quickly and safely as possible, I'm in individual therapy, working with a personal trainer. But as far as being able the action of Refraining from compulsive overeating: I only learn about how to do that when I'm sitting in a meeting receiving support from people who understand and have been there.
Is anyone else using OA as a way to try to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. I couldn't find it as a topic of discussion anywhere else.
In 8 months I've lost 95lbs and don't believe it would be happening any faster than if I'd had surgery.
I have seen so many people who've had surgery struggling with trying to literaly have their cake and eat it too. That's not my story today. I am grateful and I wish them well on their journey.
I am grateful to be walking the path that I'm on, On Day at a Time.