If ever there was an indication of how quickly a year can fly by, one need only look at this first week. I cannot believe we are almost done with the first week of 2011 already!
Yesterday, I happened to catch part of a show (already in progress, so didn't catch the name). It was about gastric bypass surgery, based in Houston, I think. The show was following two or three patients. I didn't catch anything but a few minutes, but what an interesting few minutes. The surgeon was having a post-op consultation with one of the patients. (Everything was going great.) But, while she was thrilled to be losing weight already, he cautioned her that he wants to see about 10 lbs. per month coming off.
That is nothing to sneeze at, because it equals 120 lbs. in a year. But, I was surprised that was the figure, and it wasn't higher. (The patient DID lose more than that average, but the doc was telling her that 10 lbs per month is what he wanted to see, to minimize muscle tissue loss.)
That got me to thinking.
I looked at my own average. Sure enough, I'm losing on average (so far) about 10.5 lbs a month, albeit without surgery.
I am not opposed to surgery. There is a method of weight loss out there to suit every person and every circumstance. The portion of the show I saw was a real eye-opener on the process. I don't think anyone could go into that surgery without giving it serious thought and consideration, or have a tremendous need for the surgical intervention. The surgery is life-altering, and still requires an enormous dedication to diet (afterwards). That is not an easy thing to go through! And I thought dieting (alone) was tough ...
But there is a lesson there too. Sometimes, those are the measures that must be taken to save a life. I think people sometimes assume such surgery is a lazy person's quick fix or something. But, it is hardly that.
Instead, people need to recognize how dangerous (truly) obesity is, and outright life-threatening the longer such weight is carried. And, for those of us who don't feel surgery is right for us, we STILL need to recognize we are in very real danger too, if we are obese (and especially if we've been obese for a while).
My problem, until this diet attempt, is that I looked at this problem as something I "should" do something about, eventually. That was just pure Russian Roulette thinking.
It isn't "I should" but "I MUST" do something about this... and with some sense of urgency.
I can't ignore the issue anylonger. Youth is no longer on my side, protecting me. Middle age has come to roost, and is much less forgiving. I've tried the "bury my head in the sand" approach (ignore it, and it will magically just not be there). It didn't work. Not noticing doesn't mean it wasn't there after all. What a revelation.
My January doctor appointment is looming. I keep remembering what his nurse told me, more or less "great that I lost weight, but don't feel bad if I gain some back by the next visit - everyone does."
What the heck kind of observation is that to make? Well, apparently, the right one for me to hear, because I became that much more determined to not just keep the weight off, but to continue on ...
It is for me, that I do this. I'm just using the doctor appointments as a sort of official benchmark. Plus, I have strong incentive to see my numbers continue to improve. I was blown out of the water, that after just three months, I was able to lose (entirely) my cholesterol medication. My liver must love me.
I've lost another 30 lbs (approx.) since that last appointment, so far. This next one should be equally fun. I can't wait to see my doctor's reaction. He was so shocked last time. And if "everyone" gains some weight back (especially with a post-Christmas appointment), I can't imagine he won't be equally surprised this next visit. Mostly, though, I want to see my numbers continue to improve (or remain good), and maybe reduce further some medication.
My journey is about gaining health. Losing weight and eating properly is the vehicle that gets me there.