Almost 4 years Since My RNY and My Health is Better... on November 17, 2008 11:54 am
I am almost 4 years out from my life-changing RNY, have lost 145 lbs, remaining stabilized without gaining or losing for over 2 years but still not at my goal weight.
Then, I was terribly ill last year and close to death due to a flesh-eating bacteria which fed on my internal organs. During my very slow recuperation, ever conscious of what I was eating because my survival depended on what I was eating, I regained 15 lbs. I wasn't happy about my situation at all. But, I continued doing what is necessary for my body.
I now know 2 local families who lost a loved one from the same evil flesh-eating bacteria. One said, "I can't believe you are alive and my ___ is dead!" That was very hard to hear.
I am happy to report my health now is wonderfull! See my latest picture! I am again losing. I'm down 30 lbs since July 2008 finally off of my over 2 year plateau and 30 lbs. from my goal weight. I feel great! My metabolism is really revved up and I really feel great!
I have a friend who is 25 years out from her surgery. Her weight remains under control. Like me, she continues monitoring her consumption patterns, getting the exercise, watching portion control, staying clear of comfort foods, fast foods, and white foods. We still use Isopure protein drink for at least 1 meal a day.
We both know through experience, the importance of an active support group. Find a support group you can become a member of, and always know, working together, we can support each other and have the life our God wants us to have!
I have another friend who had 1/2 of her stomach removed in the 1960s. She had gained a lot of weight, and had serious medical issues. They didn't call it weight loss surgery then. They removed 1/2 of her stomach to save her life.
To this day, Flo continues to eat the right foods and drink the right amount of water daily besides maintaining the exercise, vitamin regime and sees her doctor on a regular basis. She remains very tiny, full of energy, and pushing 90. Flo says, "I don't even think about it anymore, I just continue doing what I do, and my health is wonderful!"
Best of health to everyone who reads this posting. Don't fall into the trap of believing the naysayers. Know that with your weight loss surgery, you have taken the giant step of providing your body this life-saving tool. Know that it is a tool and love this tool.
This tool will continue to always be with you, and always supporting you; but, it is only a tool. What you do with your life, is up to you. Keep a positive attitude, search out to be with folks who also keep a positive attitude, shun fast foods, and love your body and love yourself with good health!
My prayers remain with you and all folks who suffer with the plague of obesity, morbid obesity, and super morbid obesity! To our health!
Christine Gibson, OH Coach and Support Group Leader
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