I can’t tell you how nervous I have been over the past month because I am in the process of interviewing for a new job. It’s more on the administrative side but has clinical aspects to it which is exactly what I have been looking for. I am excited because it gives me a chance to work with an experienced group of people and allows me to become the kind of leader that I have always wanted to be. It’s a great opportunity but is a huge step for me because I would be leaving my current employer where I have worked at for many years and where I feel comfortable in my current role but in order to grow professionally I need new challenges. It will be a few more days until I hear the final decision but I remain hopeful. Once again this a post that is completely unrelated to weight loss or health/wellness but I believe that happiness in a one’s professional life is an important part of being mentally healthy so I guess it’s not that far off from what this blog is all about.
Freaking Me Out
This is random but I can’t sleep because all I can hear is something crawling around in the wall of my bedroom. I’ve never had a pest control issue and my house is meticulously clean. Seriously, it’s 4 AM and I have heard this all night. I contacted the pest control company and they will call me today. I can’t do another night of this, whatever this stupid thing is needs to go to bed so I can sleep. I know this isn’t a healthy living or weight loss related post but I can’t sleep and this is bugging the crap out of me. Anyone else ever have this problem?
Good Parenting: Exhibit 1 (overheard at work today)
- 6-year old:Mommy, why is that man dressed like a lady?
- Mother:That is a lady. She was just born with the wrong body.
- 6-year old:How did that happen?
- Mother:Nobody really knows. But she's working to fix it, and that's what's important.
- 6-year old:Okay! *runs up to obviously self-conscious woman*
- 6-year old:Hey! Miss!
- 6-year old:You look really pretty in your skirt!
- Lady:Thank you!
- *Kid skips back to her mom, and literally everyone in the vicinity smiles*
- I'd just like to point out that it wasn't hard to explain this to a child at all...... Next excuse please?
I saw a link to this article from a post on Facebook and after reading it I felt compelled to respond.
I acknowledge the fact that WLS is not for everyone and that there are certainly risks involved that must be considered before undergoing such a life changing procedure. I commend the author for having a healthy self-image and achieving both health and happiness in her own body. But unfortunately this will have to be where our paths diverge. I cannot speak for anyone but myself when I say that WLS changed my life.
Two and a half years ago I was over 325 lbs. and although I did not suffer any diagnosed comorbidities I felt that the lifestyle I was living was not conducive to healthy living. I was not happy with my life or appearance and I did not feel like I had the energy or drive to do what I wanted to do. I didn’t feel like I was less of a person because I was overweight or that I deserved any less opportunities than someone who was thinner but I did feel like I was missing something. After trying multiple weight loss products (Weight Watchers, Adkins, Slim Fast, 1800 Cal. ADA Diet etc.) I did not achieve any long-term, sustainable weight loss. After having lost many members of my family due to the complications of chronic obesity and metabolic syndrome and I decided that I did not want that to happen to me. After a lot of consideration and research I decided to pursue WLS as my next option. Keep in mind that I am a registered nurse and I am well aware of the risks and benefits of such a major surgery along with the potential for complications and the lifestyle changes it would require.
I decided for myself that how I saw my life without the surgery had potentially a much worse outcome then if I underwent the surgery.
I sought out the services of a respected bariatric surgery program and began the rigorous process of screening which included an extensive medical workup, a psychiatric evaluation and then monthly sessions with both a dietitian and a therapist. I had my surgery about two years ago now and I have lost over 160 lbs. and I feel great. I have the energy and drive to maintain my health and happiness that I never had before. Has it been without its challenges? No of course there has been many challenges but I personally believe it is worth it for me.
Whenever someone asks me about WLS and if I recommend it to others I tell them that it was hard work and that it isn’t for everyone. But if someone is having medical complications from being overweight or are feeling that they want to change the way they live because their weight is somehow negatively affecting their life in major aspects, then they should consider it as an option. WLS is not a magic cure, it is simply a tool which can be used properly or it can be abused. I am a strong believer that with any weight loss method you need to have long-term behavioral modification, mental health counseling and strong follow-up medically if you are to be successful.
So while I wish the author a long, happy and healthy life and encourage her to continue to promote positive self image at any size. I would respectfully ask that she not pass judgment on those who have decided to pursue WLS as an option and offer her support and acceptance (not approval or agreement) of someone has made that decision.