In past posts I’ve talked about diets and exercise, of committing myself to successful application of both, and of doing what’s necessary to extend my life beyond my wife’s timeline – for her sake. I promised her I’d outlive her but I’m not doing much to make that promise a reality.
I’m here to tell you today that any form of diet have not worked. I’ve done Nutri-System, Weight Watchers, Paleo, Dash, low carb, high carb, Atkins, you name it. I’ve increased my activity level, but not yet to the degree I could say I’m “working out,” each day. Why not? I’ve got excuses aplenty. Here, pick one:
- No time
- Too busy with work and family obligations
- I’m unmotivated.
- None of the above, and/or All of the above.
Realistically I’ve come to realize two key facts that lead to my obesity: 1) I love food, and 2) I love more food. When I was young, age 7 to 12, I was an eating machine! I was certain that I was not “full” until my stomach hurt. So I ate until I felt it. From 13 to 21 I was eating to gain and maintain weight to play football on the highest competitive levels. I was so good at eating I could coach others on the tricks for maximizing their personal caloric intake. Yes, this is not good…
Maybe you think I was just lazy — too lazy to work out, to lazy to turn off the television and get moving. Not true! I do both very well. Exercise has just become an excuse to eat more. The more activity I engage in, the larger meal I can afford to eat.
I haven’t gained or lost a pound in almost eight months. Plateau city. Rock steady. Flat-line. So my options have narrowed to one of three choices of gastric-bypass surgery:
- Restrictive – Reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold but doesn’t interfere with normal digestion of food and nutrients.
- Malabsorptive – Shortens the digestive tract to limit the number of calories and nutrients that can be absorbed.
- Combination – Restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold and reduces the number of calories absorbed by altering the digestive tract.
My choice is a combination procedure called Roux en-y. Beyond the benefits of losing approximately 60% of my excess weight in the first year, the other health benefits are beyond reproach:
- Resolution of type 2 diabetes in 83.8% of patients often within days of surgery.
- Resolution of high blood pressure in 75.4% of patients.
- Improved cholesterol levels in 95% of patients with high cholesterol.
This is what I know at this point. I’ve just begun the process leading up to the procedure and will continue to update my blog here as I have experiences to relay.
Until next time…Keep It Relevant!