About My Weight Loss Journey

When I started this blog, My about page was just 2 sentences long. Now that I’m more involved in the blog, and more and more people are discovering my blog, I thought maybe it’s time to write something more comprehensive.

For a couple years now, I have been considering weight loss surgery. I was a morbidly obese bulimic and my doctor suggested weight loss surgery as an alternative to binging and purging. I did a lot of research on the subject and in September of 2015 I finally pursued it as an option. I got a referral from my doctor to a surgeon and attended a weight loss surgery seminar, then met with the surgeon himself. The surgeon told me I weighed too much for weight loss surgery.

This sent me into a deep depression and gave me a sense of hopelessness. I felt like my last option for weight loss had been snatched from me because I was too fat even for that. I spent about a year in that depression. Then, in August 2016 I was cleaning out my purse because I got a new one when I found the business card to a weight loss doctor the surgeon had given me to see about working with to lose weight. I had completely forgotten about it after my appointment with the surgeon, all that flooded my mind was “you’re too fat for weight loss surgery”. Well, I called the weight loss doctor and their first appointment was on Halloween 2016. I jumped at the appointment and waited impatiently.

When I finally met with the weight loss doctor, she gave me renewed hope. She assured me that I would be able to lose enough to get down to the weight the surgeon required to have the surgery.

However, after a large initial weight loss, my weight loss slowed greatly to about 2 pounds per month and I knew that at this rate, it would take about 24 months to lose the amount that the surgeon required me to lose to qualify for surgery. Someone on instagram suggested I look for a new surgeon.

Not many bariatric surgeons take my insurance, but I finally found one that took my insurance AND would work with me at my current weight. I am now in the process of getting everything done to qualify for the surgery.

This is my weight loss surgery journey. I will be chronicling the journey leading up to the surgery and after the surgery, and my thoughts and feelings surrounding weight loss, the process, and what it’s like going through weight loss surgery as a recovering bulimic.

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41 thoughts on “About My Weight Loss Journey

    1. I appreciate your honesty and willing to put it on the line. My problem was the binging, and the only purging was through laxatives. I have been on every diet known to man, and do not remember a time when I did not want to lose weight. Even when I barely weighted 100 lbs., and bought kids clothes in Junior High. I am going through the sleeve surgery process myself, and I would love to follow you and offer encouragement. You can never have too many people in your corner!

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      1. Good morning weightywonder.
        You kindly ‘liked’ my post ‘believing in yourself’. I’m sorry, I haven’t ever been overweight so can’t really associate with your trials & tribulations. However, I’m an avid self-experimenter and can pass on some of my very peculiar, but hugely beneficial, experiments & outcomes if you think they’ll be of value? I’m pretty sure my approach wouldn’t necessarily be the best way forward for you but, it may fire your imagination and instill a curiosity that could move you away from the traditional dietary advice, that’s advised willy-nilly, regardless of situation or results.
        Good luck with your endeavours
        Paul

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  1. Remember when it comes to losing weight there are two basic mental principles. First, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Second, most people overestimate what they can drop and keep off in a month, and underestimate how much they can lose in a year.
    I would say good luck, but luck has nothing to do with it. Stay motivated. Best wishes…

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  2. Thank you for checking out my blog post regarding getting fit to buikd a tiny house myself. Take heart in your journey, I was bulimic for many years, food was one of many substances that soothed my uncomfortable emotions. Freedom from our out of control behaviors us achievable! Thanks for putting yourself out there, here’s to great success!

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  3. Hey! I just wanted to give you encouragement. Losing weight is difficult. You have to change your whole mindset and relationship with food and exercise. However, it is worth it! I was overweight for about 8 yrs. After I had my daughter 3.5yrs ago, I knew I needed to get healthy. Two months ago I had another baby and obviously gained weight. It’s hard! So, now I am back on the weight loss journey too. You can follow my blog for encouragement, recipes, and exercise suggestions. YOU CAN DO THIS!

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  4. I truly do wish you well and all the very best for the future. Not wanting yo be pushy BUT It may help you either side of the operations to read my first 6 blogs. Where I cover Obesity amongst other health problems. All the best x

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  5. I too thank you for finding my blog even though I didn’t think anyone was looking . I’m just in the process of setting it up. I feel for you, I really do. I know its easy to say but the power is within you, you just need to find it. If I can help at all, please drop me a line.

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  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! In looking at yours, and especially at your About page, I wanted to share a couple of things with you. I used to be bulimic in high school and college and in my twenties. I finally kicked the habit in my thirties around the time that I had my kids. I don’t know if that was a factor in being able to stop the bulimia or not. Although I had been in therapy for depression, the bulimia never came up, although in retrospect I think some of the bulimia had to do with depression and poor self body image, even though I was at a normal weight.

    I have a friend who, like you, had to lose weight in order to qualify for weight loss surgery. She worked on the weight loss and succeeded at it, which is important in that it is something, I understand from her, that you have to keep working at even after surgery. She is several years post-surgery now and is lovely and slender and keeps very fit. I know that you will be able to do the same thing for yourself. 🙂 One of her main disciplines then and now is to care gently for herself, and I hope that you will do the same for yourself. It’s something we should all do! 🙂

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  7. I admire your strength and courage in sharing your journey! You are very inspiring and by doing this you may be helping others out there who needs you. So Thank you. Stay strong. Don’t worry about the future, focus on today, on the next step in front of you…you can do this! 🙂

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    1. Honestly, I didn’t start exercising until a few days ago. Yesterday was rough, I was exhausted and in pain and didn’t want to work out. So, I got on instagram and looked at all the people I follow who were hitting the gym and it inspired me to just get up and do it. So, so far, my motivation has been external, by seeing others working out, it inspires me to do it too.

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  8. Thank you for liking my blog Weightywonder, its very brave of you to put yourself out there with such a personal issue. I am new to blogging and was interested to see how many people have come out to support you.I truly hope that what I will be posting will be able to help you and others like you. Education is the key as well as taking positive action and never giving up. I look forward to following your journey. Katherine @ Essential Nutrition Tips Blog

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