Relax, You’re A Staller! After surgery we all go through the same categories. You haven’t hit a wall, you’re just a Staller.
It is normal for you to be second guessing your decision in these early weeks as you haven’t lost enough weight to justify the surgery. The benefits have not yet tipped scales in your favor but all that will change if you just hang on and give yourself the time and materials to heal. It usually all comes together and really rolls after the first 8 weeks. Here’s a helpful tip: STOP WEIGHING YOURSELF. During surgery they pumped you up full of fluids. Okay, I know you can’t stop weighing, so how about just every three days. Promise?
Truth is none of us jump off that operating room table able to do all of the things on our list of “things to do”. Start slowly, sip your water, get plenty of rest, and after a few days you can begin to think about eating a little egg custard or drinking more than a sip of protein drink, or maybe chewing a single vitamin tablet. It all comes in time and you don’t need to force the issue if you don’t feel good.
BOOM… the sound of your weight loss hitting the wall! One minute you’re losing 10 pounds every forty three minutes and now you haven’t lost a single pound in a month! Relax, welcome to what everyone calls a ‘Plateau’. After dropping a large amount of weight your body is trying to preserve its comfortable blanket of fat and is doing everything it can to stop the massive loss.
Remember that you have just undergone a major surgical procedure in which 7/8th of your stomach was either removed or cut in two with your intestines bypassed then reconnected through a handful of punched holes; it makes sense that a complete recovery will take time and that it is normal that the last thing you want to do is eat, drink and be merry. Your stomach and intestines are very swollen and tender from the trauma of this surgery. This was kind of a Big Deal. Keep in mind that this surgery does not start out as a day at the beach. Focus on the long term results and soon things will fall into place for you.
Focus on how far you’ve come rather than how far you have to go.
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Much success in your journey.
International Patient Facilitators – Cancun and Tijuana, Mexico
On behalf of Dr. Sergio Verboonen
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