September: As a grade-schooler this month always signaled the start of the school year that was ushered with the purchase of school clothes. While my classmates went shopping at the local hot spot known as “The Mall,” the place to see and be seen, Mom and I would schlep over to the “Chubbies” department at Sears. As the name suggests, “Chubbies” was a selection of “charming chubby-sized clothes” made for a chubby kid who did not fit into regular sizes. Shopping here was an embarrassment. My goal was to get in and get out as soon as possible.
It took thirty-something years for me to get out of the “Chubbies” section.
The Chubby Kid Says “Enough”
In 2003, I made a decision that would change my life. I underwent laproscopic RNY gastric bypass surgery. Read “My Gastric Bypass Story.” Since that time, I have been following a program of lifetime disease management to maintain long term weight loss. My program began with a safe and appropriate bariatric surgery followed by changes in the way I eat and a program of mild exercise. I also began attending Overeaters Anonymous meetings for support.
It took thirty-something years for me to get out of the “Chubbies” section. Today I am a size small and living larger than ever.
Everyone knows someone who has had weight-loss surgery and lost substantial weight only to regain some or all of it back. Moderate fluctuations are normal, but the majority of patients who regain weight are those who have relied on their operation alone. There is not any operation that a bariatric surgeon can perform that is foolproof. I’d be overjoyed if my surgeon would perform such an operation that allowed me to lose a great deal of weight that stays off NO MATTER WHAT I DO — I’d never have to change the way I eat, exercise regularly, or attend OA support groups.
Passing It On
Obesity is both a physical and psychological disease. I have maintained long term weight loss by supporting the weight lost after surgery with behavioral changes. It is concerning that so few programs employ this approach. It seems the focus will be on either bariatric surgery or psych counseling but seldom both. It is also concerning that patient’s lack education about using the weight-loss surgery “pouch tool” successfully.
These are the reasons that I, Cheryl Ann Borne, write these blog posts under the avatar My Bariatric Life. I write to share my personal weight-loss surgery experience and to share clinical data. I can then provide a resource center for bariatric surgery patients who have had or are contemplating a weight-loss surgery procedure. Those who are thinking about more conservative measures for losing weight, such as diet and exercise alone, may benefit from the postings on obesity treatment and the Get Fit section of MyBariatricLife.org.
It took thirty-something years for me to get out of the “Chubbies” section. Today I am a size small and living larger than ever. I invite you to read about my complete weight loss journey in these articles:
My Gastric Bypass Story
My Gastric Bypass Revision Story
Life Well-Lived After Weight Loss Surgery
Weight Loss Hero Behind My Bariatric Life
Plastic Surgery with Dr. Joseph F. Capella
Amazing Facelift with Dr. Catherine Winslow
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life