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Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
Battle is exactly what I would call my struggle with weight loss. Off and on, like a light switch was always my way of life with weight loss. I would try a new diet program to lose and then regain. I have tried many, many things....from pills to colon cleanses to Atkins to Susan powder to Richard Simmons. For years I asked my doctor for something to HELP me and he always said control your consumption of food and exercise more. Since for years I had no medical issues with being over 200 pounds, he just said it was mind over matter. Which, of course made me feel like a failure.
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I was sexually abused as a child & the fear of this happening again has caused me to think that if I kept weight on it would make me unnoticed by men. So I got heavier and heavier over the years. Hearing people tell me if I lost weight I would be pretty and the men I was with saying that I wasn't very appealing looking like I do (or) I was too f'in fat to turn them on. I realized that keeping myself in a state of FEAR and not losing the weight and being unhealthy is just allowing others to maintain control over me. I decided to take control and hense the checking into this surgery after years and years of failing at diet programs and diet fads. Gaining more than I lost over & over again.
Now, I am currently in the process of completing the "pre-surgery weight loss" stage. I have completed the medical things.....EKG, Blood work, chest Xray, Ultrasounds of my internal organs, Drinking that horrible liquid while they take pics of me drinking, EDG or is it EGD (I have to do another one because of the bacteria they found in my stomach; met with the NUT and the Surgeon (2
times).....I have lost 10 pounds so far and another 8 to go & must be done in 2 weeks.