I opted for OA, Overeaters Anonymous instead of RNY!

dangeloc
on 4/25/17 2:21 pm

I wanted to get RNY at this time last year. The place asked questions and I answered honestly. I told them that I had a history of bulimia, but was bulimia=free for 6.5 years. They did not like that answer. I had to go for psychiatric consults 3 times and then they still made me go to the diet doctor for 3 months in a row and THEN when I was done, they would make a determination. In the mean time I tried Overeaters Anonymous again. (I had tried it once before and did not like it.) This time, I stayed. On July 19, 2016 I decided that if I could lose the weight without surgery and that surgery would NOT help me keep the weight off, then I didn't need surgery, rather a program that could help me work toward a healthy body weight and stay there permanently.

Now, 9 months later I am 18 pounds lighter than the weight I told the weight loss surgeons I would be happy at. I am no longer obese, but still have 22 pounds to lose to be "normal". I have gone from a size 26W to a missy size 16 or XL. I have lost 91 pounds. I am helping lots of people too! My life has changed dramatically for the better.

OA has no dues or fees. They help people with all kinds of eating issues whether it be bulimia, anorexia, binge eating, chewing & spitting, or even "needs to lose 10 pounds". Try it out. What do you have to lose, except for the obvious- weight! You can find a meeting at www.oa.org.

Gwen M.
on 4/25/17 2:42 pm
VSG on 03/13/14

Congrats on your success! I tried out OA last year and it definitely wasn't for me. No matter what they say about accepting atheists, my local meeting definitely was not atheist-friendly.

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 41 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

TrendWeight | Food Blog (sort of functional) | Journal (down for maintenance)

dangeloc
on 4/25/17 2:49 pm

Gwen,

I'm sorry to hear of your experience. You do need to have a higher power even if that means that the room full of people is it. That being said, an option for you would be to start your own meeting. I actually did that too because there were no other meetings close by. The meeting has been open since October and we have 6-16 people there every week.

Cathy

Gwen M.
on 4/25/17 2:50 pm
VSG on 03/13/14

Right - I have no "higher power." So OA was ineffective for me. Thankfully other things were :)

VSG with Dr. Salameh - 3/13/2014
Diagnosed with Binge Eating Disorder and started Vyvanse - 7/22/2016
Reconstructive Surgeries with Dr. Michaels - 6/5/2017 (LBL & brachioplasty), 8/14/2017 (UBL & mastopexy), 11/6/2017 (medial leg lift)

Age 41 Height 5'4" HW 319 (1/3/2014) SW 293 (3/13/2014) CW 149 (7/16/2017)
Next Goal 145 - normal BMI | Total Weight Lost 170

TrendWeight | Food Blog (sort of functional) | Journal (down for maintenance)

cc583
on 4/25/17 3:00 pm, edited 4/25/17 8:00 am - Middletown, CT
VSG on 09/28/16

Congratulations! You look great! What an accomplishment! About 7 years ago I was 600lbs and lost 347lbs naturally with diet and exercise then developed heart issues. Once that happened I was unable to workout as hard and began to gain back. I went back up to 490lbs and was suffering severely and decided to go with the sleeve.

Edited to fix a typo.

5'5" HW: 484, SW: 455,CW: 352

Surgeon, Darren Tishler

Zomac
on 6/20/17 11:42 am - Bakersville, NC

I just canceled my appointment for the Dr. to start the proceedings for the bypass surgery. My son was very heavy, drank a lot and did a complete transformation...now a body builder....stopped drinking....and he begged me not to do the surgery that I could do it just like he did as he knew exactly how I feel. And I am trusting I have the good sense now to do what I know I need to do...put my money in my pocket and carry on as I have for the past month and losing a little slower but a better way. Your post is inspirational to me....if you've already had the surgery what else are you going to say but you wouldn't go back???? Thanks for your post.

PrivateCitizen
on 7/31/17 3:03 pm

I decided that if I could lose the weight without surgery and that surgery would NOT help me keep the weight off, then I didn't need surgery, rather a program that could help me work toward a healthy body weight and stay there permanently.

You nailed it... and I think of you often when I think I want to eat (and don't need to), and you are my new role model!

_______

I see such craziness in thinking in all the FB and bariatric discussions. It may be so many younger, uninformed people see surgery, balloon, etc as the best answer, but none of these address the MENTAL..even with some guidance beforehand. Even mature posters bemoan the prep diets for 6 weeks and I wonder how prepared they are for a lifetime of 'denial' they face.

I know two women locally, both given RNY- for free- and both ended up with drug and alcohol abuse after because their mental state was so stressed over never being able to eat a bowl of popcorn, have a soda, etc. again. I saw what I consider neurotic behavior, in general, as they didn't address their food demons beforehand... and now have no option.

I am thinking there should be months more counseling needed, maybe meeting people with issues who share post-op problems, lesson learned, before they can have the surgery.

Maybe what I read on FB is not indicative of the general for post op experience, maybe only the ones with serious issues come online to post.

What convinced me surgery may not be the solution was all the surgeon's videos discussing the massive increase in need for added surgeries, fixes, weight regain, surgical problems, etc..So their workload is increasing as these patients come back and need much more years down the road.

dangeloc
on 7/31/17 3:12 pm

WOW! Thank you. I just earned my 1 year coin and am down 103.5 pounds! I have gone from a size 26W to size 14 missy!

PrivateCitizen
on 8/2/17 1:34 pm

Congrats!! bet that feels wonderful!

I remember getting down to a size 9 dress long ago, is was a cotton lace extravaganza, to the floor, swirly, dressy, with a waist, wore it at Christmas and shocked DH's family

I was the short beyond chubby girl who stole their tall skinny Swede brother ( they were ALL over 6' -sisters included) so they didn't get his attraction to my 'voluptuous' poundage.

I just attended my first OA meeting at 7pm last night, not what I expected (good or bad) it was 5 women, small group, strict following of the AA book and reading step 8...and all the ladies were friends and I have 5 new women to call and learn from so that is great.

I am going to get to a Noon one tomorrow if I can, which is a different format entirely.

I am one of those people who do get inspired by others (like you!) and that helps me kick start or STAY WITH what works for me. Came home at 830 and was wired from he stimulation and new thinking I could not get to sleep til 5am!! hahah

I am so glad I found your post

maybe a noon meeting will let me burn off that energy from so many new people and get some rest...onward!

quutgrrl
on 2/24/18 9:49 am, edited 2/24/18 1:50 am

I did OA for YEARS and YEARS before i got my RNY surgery. I never fully got over binging because i actually had a giant hiatal hernia ( caused by a hereditary birth defect but very common among bariatric patients) physically driving me to overeat.

I was also significantly ( still) overweight though far less than my weight after regaining in my times from OA . This overweight and yo-yo ing led to health complications- depression, pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome.

Actually i heard about bariatric surgery from fellow OA patients and , not being ? huge? didn?t realize i could qualify until i found this website .. and started chatting with people who had gotten the surgery as ? lightweights? due to co-morbidities.

That was eye opening for me as were the amazing statistics for putting diabetes into relapse post op - and curing hiatal hernias and chronic GERD .

OA wasn?t enough to ? cure ? my weight issue - it helped a bit but fell way short of helping me achieve an optimal healthy body weight.

I was glad i had the OA experience because post op here Im sure it helped me be exceptionally successful in using the tool my bariatric surgery offered me.

I would just encourage exploration of both OA AND bariatric surgery .. not to think you need to choose one or the other . Many post ops attend OA meetings and find they can keep to t he program much better using their surgically given tool.

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