I have decided to start this blog for the purpose of documenting my journey and possibly providing insight for others who may either be going through the process themselves or are still considering their options.
First off, I guess I should go back to the beginning and try to explain how I arrived at this point of having Weight Loss Surgery. Like most people, my focus through life thus far has been all about doing what I need to do in order to provide for my family… but I forgot to take care of myself in the process. There was always tomorrow to do that, right?
Now that my children are grown and starting out with their own lives I find myself wanting to enjoy life more with my wife. But... there is always a but... I also came to the realization looking in the mirror that I had deteriorated to the point that even though I am only 46 I won't live long enough to enjoy the freedom of we will have as empty-nesters. I've tried diets and other miscellaneous chants, potions and witch-doctory over the past few years with no success… it was time to take drastic measures.
Four or five years ago I had a doctor recommend that I look at weight loss surgery. I didn't know much about it and I never looked into it because I told myself, like many people do, that it was the "easy" way out. Recently my current doctor gave me the same recommendation and I decided this time that I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn't at least look into the option. The more I researched the science behind the surgery the more I realized that it was, as people say, a tool… not a magic bullet. The physical and chemical changes that result from the surgery are key to significant weight loss, but if you still eat the same way you did prior to the surgery the effects are negated. Like any tool if you want it to work correctly you have to keep good care of it and maintain it.
So this is where I am now, A few days from having Vertical Sleeve surgery and thinking that I better get started on this blog. Hopefully someone might get some useful information from my mental meanderings, and if not, at least I will have something to come back to and reflect upon as I go through this process.