In the words of “George Bernard Shaw” Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. I discuss how this journey changes your body from head to toe and your life as a whole. I share the impact that weight loss has on you psychologically and hence emotionally. I also highlight the cultural changes associated with weight and how your body readjusts to the BIG changes this journey proposes.
All in all, bariatric surgery greatly improves the quality of life of the patient over presurgery conditions but there are side effect that should be noted which i list and discuss as well in this chapter.
In this chapter, i discuss what is required as you start a new life – life changes forever after your Bariatric Surgery. Your new diet and your exercise regime are key areas that help you actualize the benefits of this journey. I also discuss the four stages of your postoperative diet.
I then share some points to keep at the back of your mind when picking solids. I also share some risks that occur, such as “dumping syndrome” in such surgeries. I discuss the cause of this and what the body is doing while this occurs. I also then give some guides to how this can be avoided.
Finally, I discuss the exercise regime. Your doctor will probably give you some sort of structured schedule and you should follow that strictly. I then share from experience, some very good post-surgery exercises.
In the words of Mark Twain, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started”. In this chapter, I discuss the reality I faced once the abdominal pain kicked in. I had started this whole journey with a lot of enthusiasm and mind preparation but reality fell on me like a tonne of bricks with the pain. Oh such pain… That said, the journey had started and there was no going back.
I share how this period was a very low point for me because for nearly a year, I was confined to my house which was, honestly speaking, very depressing. I also share a list of dos and don’ts for Surgery day. The duration of the surgery is short but waking up takes a bit of a mind reboot. At the end of the chapter, I make a humble submission that you should give yourself some time to fully accept the scope of this surgery and lay a strong foundation based on strong resolve and discipline for your new lease on life.
At this point, I hope you have made at least these two important decisions. First is to go ahead with Bariatric Surgery and second is you have picked the right Caregiver to help you through this journey. I discuss how you need to prepare your mind for the surgery from this point forward in the book. This phase is possibly the most crucial one for a happy and healthy surgery process.
I highlight a few things that you need such as preparing your body, speaking with patients who have gone through the same procedure and documenting your experience as you go along this journey. I also discuss important actions you need to take to help prepare your mind, your body and indeed yourself for this life changing event.
This decision is equally as important as deciding on going through with the procedure. In this chapter, I discuss industry safe pointers that you need to keep in mind while picking your care provider. In the words of Arnold Glasow, “Your body is the baggage you must carry through life. The more excess the baggage, the shorter the trip.
I also share recommendations from The NIH, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery on the topic of Caregivers for bariatric surgery.
It is very important and in my opinion absolutely necessary that you keep these important pointers in mind before you finalize your choice. I enumerate the important criteria that could help you pick the right people for this life changing journey.
Here I tackle the elephant in the room. “Do i really want to be cut open and reconfigured?”. Well, in the words of Mark Victor Hansen, “don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”
I share from my research a list of characteristics of people to whom bariatric surgery is generally recommended. This will help you see where you stand and possibly help you come to the decision you need to make to improve your life.
In this chapter, you will read about my story and how i ended up making the decision to go with the option of Bariatric Surgery. I discuss why I had to look into bariatric surgery for better physical and mental health. I also talk about which factors that stop people from making or motivating themselves to make a decision to have such a surgery.
In the graceful words of Steve Maraboli, “It is not just about losing the weight; it is about losing the lifestyle and the mind-set that got you there”. I share how shocked i was when everything else had failed and my general physician spoke to me and asked me to consider looking into weight-loss surgery. It was not what i thought i would have need at that point in my life but the more i looked into it, the more it made a lot more sense to consider this option in modern surgery.
Finally I describe what this surgery procedure is about in a bit more detail and the fact that this procedure increases the chances of survival in a morbidly obese person. These surgeries are a great option for people who have lost hope of living a normal life due to morbid obesity.
This chapter introduces the mental picture required by everyone choosing this lifestyle change. It is a “Change” mentality that is needed to be successful on this journey. WayneDyer said “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
I discuss how diet is not the answer for people who have a recurring challenge with their weight and who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 4o as well as the reasons why this is so. And unlike the normal perception in the world to day, I also discuss the reason why food might not be one of the reasons for obesity and overweight.
I highlight the fails of science and humanity where sugar as well as lack of personal discipline and lots more have created a stigma around people suffering from obesity and overweight.Finally, I highlight the fact that simple lifestyle changes can help in some and at time little ways, but the problem needs a silver bullet – hence Bariatric Surgery.