Weight Loss Surgery Network – Welcome…

Welcome to our new Weight Loss Surgery Networking Groupsuccess after weight loss surgery

Hi, I’m Susie 2.0 and I’d like to welcome you to our new Weight Loss Surgery Network group. I’m happy you are here.

I know that there are already lots of other WLS groups on Facebook, Pinterest, etc. so I appreciate you checking out this new one.

So why did I consider developing yet another WLS website and blog, and why now? There’s certainly lots of great ones already out there…

Well, the short answer is that I’ve thought about writing a blog of my WLS experiences for a couple of years now and after retiring from my job this past January, I found that I finally had some time to devote to it. Having lost 152 lbs since having surgery and keeping the weight off for the last four years, I feel like I have a lot that I can share which I hope will be helpful to others.

weight loss surgery before photo

The day before my weight loss surgery – March 5, 2012

bariatric surgery results

Yes, that’s me – in the same outfit some 14 months later after reaching my goal weight.

I figure that if you’re like me, you can never get enough of reading people’s experiences with WLS – both the positive and the negative. There are many that are still struggling to reach their goals, those just starting out and those that have reached their goals and maintained them for some time.

My original thought was to direct this mainly to post ops at least one year out and later.

However, after reading posts in several other groups I learned that there are also many people who are still contemplating surgery who really want to understand what they will be facing in the longer term and I didn’t want to just leave them out.

I have learned a tremendous amount from others, on Facebook groups, other WLS websites, in local support group meetings and ongoing discussions with several close friends who have also had weight loss surgery. In reality I owe a lot of my success to all of them – they picked me up when I needed it and I hope I returned the favor when they needed it. While I’m the one starting off this blog I truly hope that it will grow to be a larger group representing all WLS surgeries and stages of surgery.

There are now groups out there with literally thousands of members and we know that weight loss surgery has become more and more common each day. Yes, sure many people online are just lurkers (I have been one too) but the fact is that it’s easy to get lost in the crowd when you’re trying to get answers to your questions.  And then, of course, there’s the food police within some groups who have a real way of turning people off so members come and go.

I wrote my first blog post last night and I have many ideas for ones to follow.  If there is a topic you would like me to address in particular, let me know by replying using the ‘Contact Us’ button in the  menu at the top of this page. I promise to give you my honest and up-front input on my experiences and/or opinions based on what I’ve learned.

The categories I came up with to start are also shown in the top menu – Favorite Products, Recipes, Before & After, etc.  Those of the topics I tend to read the most about within other groups – and I still do.

Now let me say right up front – I am not a model patient.  While I’ve enjoyed success in reaching my goal weight and keeping it off for over 4 years now, I definitely consume some things we are told not to have.  And yet, still, I’ve succeeded which to me is the most important thing.  Bottom line is that I found what works for me.  I feel and look better than I did 25 years ago – and I’m a whole lot happier, fit and confident.  My advice is that one of your main goals should be the same – finding out what works best for you in order to succeed. We are all truly unique in many ways – there is no ‘one size, fits all’ approach, especially when it comes to weight loss.

Well I better get to writing the next post.  I was challenged to write one each day for 30 days… we’ll see how that goes.

Use this link to Contact Us  if you want to communicate with me privately.  On posts you can use the ‘Leave a Comment’ link, which is under the title of the post. Let me know if you have questions or would like to share your story and experiences with the group.

Thanks.

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