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Fifty (or Five) Reasons to Have Weight Loss Surgery

Posted Dec 13 2008 10:45pm

I came across an article recently that was supposed to be the 50 reasons to have weight loss surgery.  Actually it turned out not to be a list, but just a way to get me to go to another website.  But the title got me thinking about myself and what my reasons were for having weight loss surgery.  So I started making a list, a very personal list. Some of my reasons were:

1. To improve my back. Carrying 125 extra pounds was wrecking havoc on my back. I was in constant pain.

2. To be able to live a longer and more full life with my husband. We are very active and love packing experiences into life.  I was not ready to just drift through life in pain waiting to die.

3. To improve my health.  Just before my surgery my PCP told me I was pre-diabetic. I have seen what this horrible disease has done to others.  I did not want to go down that path.

4. To set a good example for my daughter. It pained me the way kids had said to her, “Why is your mother so fat?” I wanted her to have a mother who is in control of her life and a mother who has a better chance of being with her for many years to come.

5. To look better. Yes, there was certainly vanity in my reasoning.  I wanted to look good in clothes. I wanted to be more attractive and have pride when I looked in the mirror.  I didn’t want to be ashamed anymore and too embarrassed to go to reunions, weddings, funerals and annual meetings.  I wanted to be able to go places where people would look at me and say, “Wow, she looks good,” rather than “She’s still gaining weight.”

It is always important to reflect on where you have been and how far you have come. So, what are your reasons? Email them to me so I can share some of them and perhaps even put a few in my upcoming book.

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