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I have been struggling with weight all my life and have battled thoughts of weightloss surgery (LapBand preferably). Well, I think that I am going to go through with it. I have an appt for a consultation but feel weird about it.<br><br><br><br>
I really want to lose weight on my own but I just can't seem to do it!! Even when I was vegan/vegetarian I learned a valuble lesson: overeating vegan food is just as bad.<br><br><br><br>
I told a raw foodist friend of mine about my plans. She begged me not to go through with this because she says, "the human body is a perfect machine. You can do it without surgey!" Why is it that I feel I can't? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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You would be amazed at the number of inquiries I get from people who have gone through this drastic surgery. They lost the weight the first year, then started to gain it back and fast, like it was out of control. They essentially put their body (and mind) through all that and were going back to square one like a train out of control.<br><br><br><br>
Do your research before doing this. Not just on what happens when you have it, or the amazing first years results. But those who were able to keep it off. If you aren't willing to change your habits, the surgery won't work.<br><br><br><br>
Weight loss....health is ultimately up to you. ONLY you have the power to do this.<br><br><br><br>
*hugs* to you. I know you feel so desperate right now, or you wouldn't be considering this.<br><br><br><br>
My wish for you is that you would take small steps, small changes, and transition into a healthy you. No surgery...all you.
 

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I know how you feel. For about 4 years I tried on and off to lose weight, but one day I got fed up enough and REALLY tried, and had my mind very set on it. I did the weight watchers point system which helped me to read labels, and actually know what I was putting in to me. I always wanted weight surgery also, but now I am extremely proud that I did it myself. Its a wonderful feeling to say *I* lost __ pounds, not I lost weight because of a surgeon.<br><br><br><br>
I would think that if you can't bring yourself to lose weight now, then you will gain it back after surgery and feel even more horrible.<br><br><br><br>
Be honost with yourself, I know many people who say they are on a "diet" (which is already wrong - it should be a lifestyle change) and I always see them eat overly processed junk foods and then they complain about not being able to lose weight. I lied to myself a lot by saying I was trying very hard and did everything possible, when in fact I wasn't so I felt even more terrible.<br><br><br><br>
Unless you are so overweight it is too difficult to excercise I say to keep on trying and wait until you are actually ready, not physically, but emotionally & mentally, its all a mind game. :)
 
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