What I am looking forward:
• Of course weight lost.
Accomplished!!!• Get rid of my diabetes that I could not control without Insulin, but with insulin I gain weight. Bayetta did not affect my weight – but blood sugar stayed high (mornings on the average 200). Actually diabetes is bigger motivation than just weight loss. Gastric bypass supposed to eliminate 90% of diabetes and I hope I will be among that number.
Accomplished!!! Diabetes is a long forgotten history! Sweet!• Increased energy level. At work I could be full of energy – but at home I collapse. Instead of doing some physical activities I use to love to do, biking, walking, etc, I prefer to go to bed. A lot of times I am just incredibly exhausted…
Gee, I somehow remember that I had more energy than I have now, I guess I was not that good… OK – I am working on this one. I believe that the 'old' tiredness was caused by diabetes - not an extra weight.• I have become very conscious about my weight and for sure decided that I would not date any woman who is so overweight, and therefore I feel like a hypocrite when I expect women to ignore my looks.
There was a time after couple of failed relationships that I blamed my weight for their collapse. It does not matter if that was true or not, but that is how I ended up to see it. I am very happy with my looks now.
As Steward Smiley (I mean Senator...) used to say: "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me." 8^)What I am afraid:
• Changes in all food related activities, which really mean almost all social interaction.
It turned out to be true, but not so difficult to cope. No problem!• Replacing one disease (or handicap) with self-inflicted another.
Yes – but this one is very much controllable – take multivitamins, calcium, D3, B12, make sure that you have enough protein… No problem!• Lose skin and looking like 100 years old.
Not too bad – still looking younger than my 63, but the extra skin and loose muscles were fixed.• I understand that many people who underwent this surgery develop depression. I guess this is my fear number one.
Did not happen.• I am not sure how this procedure will affect my work. Teaching is not an easy job.
While it was physically difficult – the two major surgeries caused me to miss two lectures total. No problem!