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What is Back to Normal After Gastric Bypass Surgery?
It is common for new WLS patients to ask, "How soon after surgery will I get back to normal?" This is understandable. We've spent a lifetime dieting for the short-term - the 30-day diet, the six-week program, the lose-ten-pounds-over-the-weekend diet. Remember thinking, "If I can stick with this plan for just 10 days, then I can go back to normal."
The diet industry has conditioned us to think long-term lifestyle changes are unnecessary to accomplish weight loss. We are impatient and demanding, we want a quick fix. Expectations are unrealistic and result in failure, disappointment and self-loathing.
But weight loss surgery is for life.To that end, we must re-define normal:
Normal is living without co-morbidities: asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heartburn, and knee and back pain.
Normal is feeling your body in motion, walking up stairs briskly, and bending to tie your shoes.
Normal is playing children's games on the floor and getting up without struggling.
Normal is hearing compliments about how great you look.
Normal is ACCEPTING compliments about how great you look.
Normal is fastening an airplane lap belt and pulling it tight.
Normal is enjoying clothes shopping.
Normal is the thrill of amusement park rides.
Normal is waking up early to jump on the scale - and thrilling at the number.
Normal is living without the incessant distraction of food and the relentless hunger.
Normal is feeling proud - not ashamed - of your body.
Normal is savoring food one bite at a time, not ravaging it.
Normal is having the power - the tiny tummy - to control eating behavior.
Normal is eating three meals a day and not snacking in between - and doing just fine.
Normal is feeling immediate discomfort when too much food, or the wrong food is consumed.
Normal is taking vitamins every day.
Normal is drinking water - lots of water.
Normal is enjoying exercising!
Normal is boundless energy.
Normal is a positive outlook, not fearing the doom of an early, miserable death for obesity related health complications.
Normal is eating lean protein at every meal.
Normal is declining doughnuts or pizza - and not feeling deprived!
Normal is making healthy eating and behavior modification a lifestyle for the whole family.
Normal is quality food, not gluttonous quantity.
Normal is taking responsibility for your own health and wellness.
Normal is respecting the science of your body, respecting the tiny tummy, and respecting yourself.
Normal is constant attention to weight maintenance.
Normal is feeling deep compassion for the obese.
Normal is being scared of the rapid transformation your body makes.
Normal is bouts of anger over years of self-loathing, discrimination, isolation and suffering.
Normal is the occasional departure from the rules that results in dumping or vomiting.
Normal is a rapid return to appropriate eating behavior.
Normal is seeing, for a time, a stranger in the mirror.
Normal is freeing yourself from obesity's prison.
Normal is understanding that the pre-surgical behaviors and habits were unhealthy, destructive and abusive.
Copyright © 2005 Kaye Bailey - All Rights Reserved.
Kaye Bailey is a weight loss surgery success story having maintained her health and goal weight for 5+ years. An award winning journalist, she is the author and webmaster of http://www.livingafterwls.com and http://www.livingafterwls.blogspot.com. Fresh & insightful content is added daily, check in often.
A Better Body - 5 Easy Steps That Anyone Can Take
If only there were a 'better body boot camp', we'd be there every February - before spring started to show itself and those lovely winter jackets had to come off.Although this isn't a better body boot camp, we can offer you 5 practical steps to a better body.
Saint Valentine Never Had it So Good
There are several theories on the origins of Valentine's Day. Some believe it originated on February 14, 269 A.
Record Your Meals To Lose Weight
Are you one of the many people who feel frustrated because you think you eat well and exercise regularly, but you just can't seem to lose weight? If so, a food journal is a great tool to help you reach your weight loss goals. It will help to determine any patterns in your eating habits, it will force you to be accountable for what you eat, and it will help you to see where you are consuming your "hidden" calories.
Starbucks and Kicking Bad Habits
Many of enjoy sitting down at Starbucks and enjoying a cup of coffee, many of us drink the frappachinos. Starbucks in fact is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Brownie Frappachino, which was interesting.
Fad Diets, And Why Theyre Bad For Your Weight Loss And Long Term Health
If you're serious about losing weight and getting fit, you probably can't go a week without hearing about the latest fad diet, and why you should drop what you're doing to buy the book. Each new diet gives us proof that fad diets aren't all that they're cracked up to be.
Weight Loss Superfecta
If you are a fan of horse racing, you are familiar with the exotic bet called the Superfecta. It requires that you pick the first four horses to cross the finish line.
South Beach Diet - South Beach Diet Plan Information
Perhaps you've had them too, nightmares about rice cakes, granola, and eight glasses of water a day. Do visions of diet supplements, green tea and mechanical scales dance through your head? If so, you are not alone.
5 Natural Weight Loss Tips For A More Beautiful You
Living a powerful, healthy, fit and trim life is a true goal for many of us. Despite the easy cures in the form of weightloss drugs and dangerous fad diets, there are still plenty of natural, safe habits we can make a part of our daily routine to start us on this path.
Are You Ready To Lose Weight?
I know, I know. What a crazy question!Considering that we've all tried so many diets until we can give calorie counts in our sleep - where do I get off asking a question like that?But bear with me please.
A Holistic Approach to Weight loss & Fitness
World Health Organization has observed that obesity has now reached epidemic proportions globally. More number of people are dying due to obesity and resultant disease.
The Evil of Carbohydrates (?)
In recent years, carbohydrates have been labeled as the nutrition 'bad guy' because of the increases in insulin that occurs during metabolic processes. The secretion of insulin is dependent primarily upon the concentration of blood glucose - an increase of blood sugar brings about an increase in the secretion of insulin.
Ten Important Things to Know Before You Join a Weight Loss Program
1. What is my BMI and how do I calculate it? BMI means Body Mass Index.
Empowerment and Self-Control - What it Really Takes to get Control of your Weight
Chant the following each day, several times. They are mantras that will save your life -- The choice to do nothing is still a choice and yields nothing.
7 Useful Tips That Will Help You Lose Weight
1. Increase your fiber intake.
Snooze to Lose Pounds
If you want to find a way to lose weight faster, and you think there is nothing new under the sun, then what I'm about to tell you will really make you nod off.According to Dr Kenneth Goodrick at Baylor University, a good night's sleep is a vital ingredient for weight loss.
Sale Offers, Ephedra, and Weight Loss... Are You A TARGET?
Today, Ephedra is an herb of controversy. It contains ephedrine, a stimulant alkaloid used in many weight loss medicines.
Weight Loss NOW or Else!
If you knew when you were going to die, would you really want to know? If you knew when you were going to lose your life, would you do anything differently? If you had a choice of living longer or living a better quality of life, which would you choose, longer or better?People say, "if only" they had known they were going to have this happen to me, they would have done things differently. IF ONLY?I had not stressed so much about life.
Water is an essential component of the human body and is critical to successful weight loss and exercising. Yet many people don't understand the importance of staying well-hydrated and what it takes to stay that way.
Diet Candy for Delicious Weight Loss
There are currently over 100 billion dollars sold in weight-loss and energy products each year. Weight-loss is a very serious and emotional issue.
High Carb & Low Carb Diets: How To Avoid The Dangers
There's a two hundred year history of people prescribing both high and low carb diets for weight loss. So how does one choose? One factor you should consider is the dangers associated with each diet.
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