Once upon a time I was really, really fat. My youngest sister happened to get a job with a place called "Lite Life" and they did stomach stapling. The before and after pictures she showed me really made me want to join the ranks and get healthier. After all, I'd been told my entire life I resembled my father's family and they were all dying young. As it turns out, my father died at 61.
Anyhow, I digress. I had the procedure done and lost 118 pounds. Sadly, that was 23 years ago and now I'm relegated to eating small portions, throwing up often, and in starvation mode which has caused me to gain back a great deal of what I lost. I'm pretty sure, those pictures I saw have long ddisappeared I think there might be a few people who have viewed this surgery as a success, but I'm not one of them. In fact, I've had six procedures in the past two years to stretch the opening into the pouch so food can pass through. Bariatric surgeons I've seen all want to do a gastric bypass as a cure, but that just seems to be opening another can of proverbial worms.
So...enter my other sister who is convinced she can make me thin and healthy. We start on Monday, but I'm not sure I can drink 96 ounces of water and do a Paleo diet, but I do expect I'll be in water aaerobics three times a week, killing myself on an elliptical till I can manage a half hour, and eating food I never expected to put into my mouth. What we do for the sake of vanity and health. Just the idea of being in a bathing suit if frightening enough.
Before I lost weight...I ate all kinds of pizza, burgers, pasta, sandwiches, fries, and all those things good. At least then I knew why I was fat. Now I breath air and gain weight. It sucks, and I'm actually looking forward to eating something other than crackers and cheese, one crispy taco, and chips and salsa. Of course, I do good to drink 16 ounces of water in a day...96???? Egads!
Maybe next Thanksgiving, I can share a much happier tale. In the meantime...chew on a turkey breast for me, eat lots, and give thanks for what you have, even if it's a spare tire...at least you can earn it.
OH..and trot on over to the other participants for their "mouthwatering" answers:
A.J. Maguire http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/
Fiona McGier http://www.fionamcgier.com/
Judith Copek http://lynx-sis.blogspot.com/
Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/
Ginger Simpson http://mizging.blogspot.com/
Victoria Chatham http://victoriachatham.webs.com/
Margaret Fieland http://www.margaretfieland.com/blog1/
Rachael Kosnski http://the-doodling-booktease.tumblr.com/
Anne Stenhouse http://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com/
Heidi M. Thomas http://heidiwriter.wordpress.com/
Helena Fairfax http://helenafairfax.com/
Kay Sisk http://kaysisk.blogspot.com
Rhobin Courtright http://www.rhobinleecourtright.com/