The First Month is Done! (Chocolate Addiction Conquered!)
By Kelley Narramore, LPN
Can you believe it’s been a month already? For me it seems like it has flown by – I have learned so many things. A lot of those things are things that you can’t learn from a book. I have a whole new understanding of what our patients go through everyday and a new level of respect for the struggle involved.
The bottom line is: I wouldn’t change anything. Some things about having surgery may not have been as easy as I thought (protein intake, carb intake) but man, do I feel good! I’ve lost a lot of weight and haven’t even really started exercising yet. This week I have begun walking, but nothing besides that yet. I had my one month post-op appointment today, so next week I will begin lifting weights again.
So, let’s talk about some of the things I have learned: I have learned that powder vitamins are not as bad as most people told me they would be. I have learned not to try and eat while standing or not paying attention to my meal (I ate way too fast and it didn’t work very well). I have learned that 1 1/2 ounces can fill me up even though it looks like a tiny amount of food. I have learned that I am stronger than I ever thought. Going into this process the thought of going without food for one month is one of the things that scared me more than anything. But when you aren’t hungry or have no appetite, food is no longer the object of obsession that it once was.
Let’s talk about food and obsessions: People always say you won’t have an appetite or you won’t want this or that after surgery, but I was born a skeptic. I didn’t believe them. Chocolate has always been my nemesis. I have craved chocolate I think, since I was a toddler. It is the one thing that I prayed would be gone after surgery. And you know what? It is! How exciting is that? When I say I have always had an obsession with chocolate, that is a mild description. It is the one thing I have always had a hard time saying “no” to. I could turn down cookies, pies, cakes (unless they were chocolate) but a Hershey bar? Probably not.
I am so happy to say that I have seen lots of chocolate things since surgery and it didn’t even enter my mind that I wanted it. I feel like a weight has been lifted. If you have ever had an addiction of any kind and been freed from it, you know what I’m talking about. If not, you’re clueless and that’s ok. I’m happy you never had to deal with it. If you are a new patient looking into surgery, I say go for it. I hope it cures you of whatever your addiction is/was. For me the bond is broken, chocolate will never have a hold over me again!
Til next time!
Kelley Narramore form Kelley’s Korner
Kelley Narramore is a LPN with New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery. She recently underwent weight loss surgery. This is her personal journey.