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Feature Article: Defining Success After Weight Loss Surgery
Tell the truth - in your mind, how would you define success after weight loss surgery? Better health? Better mobility? A better appearance? Shopping in a normal store in the normal size department? All of the above? If you're really honest with yourself, chances are that you've answered "all of the above". As patients we want all the health benefits but make no mistake about it - we want the aesthetic benefits too! It's unlikely that you will find any WLS patient who could honestly say they didn't care about the improvement in their looks. As a result of this, we tend to define our success by the number on the tags in our clothing.

We begin this journey desperate for a solution for sleep apnea, diabetes, depression and more. Oftentimes we think we end the journey about 18 months after surgery when we've dipped down to our lowest weight and are continually looking over our shoulder waiting for someone from a modeling agency to discover us. We're invincible! Where does this attitude leave us at 24 months or 36 months after surgery when we've gained some weight back and leveled off? And what if, heaven forbid, we never fully reached our goal weight? Where does that leave us? Ladies and gentlemen, that seats us in the "100% normal" section following weight loss surgery. However, where we choose to go from here is what sets the successful patient apart from the patient who does not take full advantage of the tool they've been given.

It's about 36 months after surgery and let's say you lost 120 pounds allowing you to reach your goal weight. Considering that you're invincible, you no longer pay as much attention to what you eat and before you know it you've gained 20 pounds!! This rebound or regain places you at a monumental fork in the road. This can truly be the defining point in your success, or lack thereof, following WLS. Ask yourself some important questions. Am I healthier? Do I feel better? Most likely the answer to these questions will be "yes". Then ask yourself, "Am I satisfied with the person I see in the mirror?" Most likely your answer will, again, be "yes". Lastly, ask yourself if you can maintain your weight (including the 20 pound regain) with more attention to exercise and good nutrition but WITHOUT obsessing about your weight. If the answer is "yes" then most likely you've found your sweet spot; the weight where your body is most comfortable. A small regain isn't a disaster. In fact, it's normal and should be expected. It's what you do to stop further regain and maintain your weight defines your success as a WLS patient. It's being grateful for better health and an improved lifestyle that defines your success as a human being. WLS isn't about agonizing over being perfect; it's about finding joy in being better. WLS: It's a journey, not a destination. –Rona Scott WLS Lifestyles Magazine.
Do you need help staying on track?
Aspirus weight management clinic can help you maintain your success after surgery. We offer “Winning Weighs” classes both pre- and post- weight loss surgery. Winning Weighs is a program run by a team of medical professionals. This 12 week program includes:
  • 3 one-on-one consultations with a dietitian
  • Weekly classes
  • Participant manual
  • Food log
  • Personalized goal setting
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • And more!
We would love to tell you more about it. Call us to learn more about class availability or for more information. (715) 847-0024
Future Support Group Meetings:
Our support group is facilitated by a certified Bariatric Support Group Leader and Success Habits Instructor as well as a Registered and Certified Dietitian. Meetings are a free service provided by Aspirus Bariatrics. Join Us!!
Night Time Support Group:
Third Tuesday every month
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Medallion Room
Day Time Support Group:
First Thursday every month
On-line via the internet
Call to register 847-2380  24 hours in advance
Upcoming Topics:
December 19th : Open Discussion: Let’s use this time to discuss general pre-op and post-op questions, answers, problems or concerns.
January 16th : Winter Walking: Don’t let those snow flakes stop you from getting a great winter workout. We are going to try a fun exercise video for indoor walking.
February 20th : Tribute to our Supporters. Take the time to invite those close to you that have supported you along the way. We will celebrate the importance of the support we need with our weight loss journey.
March 20th: The Things I wish I knew Before Weight Loss Surgery: Are there things you would like to share with others looking into surgery? Now is the time to let down our guard and talk about everything we wish we knew before surgery.

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