Easy? My ass!

I was reading another blog post today (on “Because I deserve to be Happy” by Melissa) and it goes over a topic that we are going to have to deal with over and over and over for the rest of our lives… people telling us that we are taking the easy way out. This infuriates me so much. Read Melissa’s post (here) and let me know what you think?

I think she hits all the topics spot on the head. We all got this surgery as a last resort. We have tried doing all the right things and one way or another they didn’t work for us. Having this surgery is not a light decision. It is a very serious one… One which we have to remember will affect the REST OF OUR LIVES. That’s not an easy choice to make. We will have to give up some of our favorite things forever and work just as hard on exercise. We also have to work on our minds to recondition them for this new lifestyle. We cannot just have a “free day” and eat whatever we want and start over then next day. This new lifestyle will take work, patience, and above all else, dedication.

If someone tells you this is the easy way out, educate them on all you have to go through and why you think it’s worth it. I guarantee you, they will not think it’s so easy after hearing all of that.



9 thoughts on “Easy? My ass!

  1. That was a pretty strong post. I remember sitting in the doctors office about a year ago, saying I didn’t need WLS because I know in my gut, that that was exactly what I thought. But sitting here today in the position of a WLS patient. Easy…never!

  2. She’s right. This is not easy. For me this decision was the hardest decision I have ever made. Easy? Hell no. I have tried so many different diets and no one helped. And for me it’s even harder to lose weight because one of my reumatical deseases makes my fatcells twice as big as for someone who doesn’t have the reumatical desease I have. 3 years ago I thought this surgery was a mistake. I thought it was better to lose weight by eating right and exercise. But now I know it’s not a mistake. In a way I knew that before too but I didn’t want to see it. I know now that I wasn’t ready for it. I am know. This surgery is my last way out of this overweight life. Unfortunetly there are these people who think it’s an easy way. They aren’t smart. They are dumb.

    • And you are getting surgery in a few hours! I’m thrilled for you Jen! πŸ™‚ I really cannot wait for you to join me and Joelle on this journey. We’ve got your back!

      It definitely isn’t an easy decision to make. I have trouble losing too (even after surgery) and that is because of my PCOS. We may have these issues but we are not letting them control our lives… not anymore. Everyday will be a struggle but the only way you will lose that battle is to give up or give in. That is not this day. This day we fight. Fight for what we want most… a healthy, happy life.

    • Thanks. I think the author of the article I linked hit it spot on too. When I read that she was denied putting her before and after pictures up because of WLS, it infuriated me. But with a whole lot of patience and understanding from us and a little education on their part, people will slowly start to understand the bigger picture and hopefully see it from our eyes.

      • sometimes i really despise other people. what a weird species we are. why don’t people want the sun to shine over other people? we are all on our own journey, whatever one’s road may be. live and let live. some bloody people! but yeah, we all can do some education around us wherever we are, and hopefully slowly but surely we can change people’s perception!
        have a nice day to you!

      • Thanks! I agree too. People should be happy for the good choices others make. Even if they don’t agree with the approach, they should see that they are working toward a healthier life and just be happy for them.

  3. I thought about you Dana on Easter. I took a day off from my diet and ate like there was no tomorrow. The following days I ate leftovers. I thought about you because I know you couldn’t eat the things that I was eating. You couldn’t have taken a day off on your diet. I don’t think its easy for any way of dieting. Because I was able to cheat, I gained weight. Weight loss is about being healthy and it only gets easier with time as long as you have a routine. People think that Gastric is the easy way out because they don’t understand that it is not only a lifestyle change but a LIFETIME change. I saw what you went through with surgery and heard about what you need to do for the rest of your life. It is not easy. I do not envy you. But you do inspire me.

    • Aww. I love you, Colleen! πŸ™‚ I’m glad I can inspire you. And you are right, Easter was 1/4 a cup of baked beans, 1/2 a piece of ham, one bite of green bean casserole and a few jelly beans.

      I used to be one of those people who thought surgery was easy. Education is the key. Reading up on it before I decided I wanted the surgery helped me to understand it’s going to take a lot of work. A lifetime of work, as you put it. πŸ™‚

      We are going to have to change our pig-out Chili’s happy hours to something a little more healthy. Bye bye a whole order of queso and wings… Hello minestrone soup. Lol. I’m glad I have you here with me through this journey! Muah!

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