My uncle had the stomach stapling surgery in 1980 or 1981. He lost a ton of weight with it, but now has lifelong problems. They used to narrow the opening to the stomach (some surgery options still do), so you have to super chew your food and if you don't, it will get stuck and eventually you will have to vomit. Also, with that surgery, over time you can restretch that stomach, or learn tricks to get certain foods without making you sick and regain. He regained a lot of the weight he lost (but did relose a lot of it again, but always looked sickly). My mom had that surgery in 1982, I think. And she had the same problems and she is still significantly overweight.
Now, I know they have changed the surgery now. And I know that there even more options and I've seen and heard of some GREAT successes with it - long term. But I also see several people I know who have had initial great success only to gain it all back AND get health problems associated with the surgery.
Plus, one thing it also says, "You must exercise and eat right." Well, isn't that what they should have been doing before, and didn't? Why would surgery make them exercise now? Maybe if someone is SERIOUSLY overweight (and I don't count my weight in that category - but so overweight they can't exercise without losing a ton of weight first), then maybe that is the only way to go. But I don't see surgery as an easy fix. Plus, the idea of surgery freaks me out. And even with the surgery, I would still have the high blood sugars issue to think about - same as now. And being thinner, doesn't mean being healthier. This is all about getting fit and changing my lifestyle to one where I can be active until I'm ancient!
So, to the stats. It's only been 5 days since I did measurements, but I want to get them on a sensible day. So, measurements/full stats will be on Mondays - a logical day. Not much change, but there is something! And, after today, I will have walked (on the balance board), 90 miles! Woo-hoo! I just joined a challenge to walk 1000 miles in 2011. I'm so up for it and I'm not even behind!
Stats for 1/31/11:
- * Weight: Beginning: 255.6 Now: 248.6 lbs
- Body Fat: Beginning: 49.8% Now: 48.9%
- Body Water: Beginning: 37.5% Now: 37.5%
- Muscle Mass: Beginning: 118 lbs Now: 120.8 lbs
- Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR): Beginning: 1866 Now: 1825 calories
- Metabolic Age: Continually 50 - their oldest age to show
- Bone Mass: Beginning: 6.4 lbs Now: 6.4 lbs
- Chest: Beginning: 47 Now: 47
- Waist: Beginning: 43 Now: 42.75
- Hips: Beginning: 50 Now: 50
- Left Upper thigh: Beginning: 29.5 Now: 29.25
- Right Upper thigh: Beginning: 30 Now: 29.5
- Upper arm: Beginning: 17.75 Now: 17.25
- Walked it Out/walking totals: 86.1 miles
- Exercise total: 26:50 hours