A whole year has passed since I had my gastric sleeve operation. Now, I am very conscious of the fact that I don’t want all of my channels and social media to be too heavily focused on my surgery. However, I couldn’t let this day go by with popping up a blog post! If you had told me this time last year, the effect the gastric sleeve surgery has had, both mentally and physically, I wouldn’t have believed you. I thought I would share some pros and cons of having the surgery that I have experienced. It hasn’t all been plain sailing! I still have a little way to go, in terms of toning up and getting to know my body again. I am thinking about writing a post on things they don’t tell you about gastric sleeve. If that is something you would be interested in, let me know.
- The most obvious one is that I have lost weight. Just a little over 6 stone as I am writing this. When I went for my consultation the surgeon predicted I would lose about 6, perhaps a little more if I ate properly and exercised. I’ve a little more to go from my tummy and then it is all about toning up!
- I’m able to run up a flight of stairs without needing a lie down!
- I don’t struggle as much with anxiety. I think previously, a lot of my social anxiety was related to my weight and the way it made me feel. Now I have lost the weight, I am able to walk into places with my head up and a smile on my face. Don’t get me wrong, I still have wobbly moments! But nothing like I did before.
- I have more confidence when it comes to wearing what I want and playing around with fashion. This is something I have always longed for and finally being able to wear certain things has been lovely.
- My relationship with food has completely changed. I am much more aware of what I am consuming and what is good for me and what isn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I still have the odd slice of pizza! I guess I have a lot more respect for my body and want to treat it with the care it deserves.
The list of pros for me could be so much longer and I could go on and on. I am just generally a happier person, much more body confident and with a new lust for life which previously wasn’t there. The last 12 months have been a little tough at times, so here are a few cons I felt worth noting.
- It takes a lot of patience. Although now I know a lot more about what my body needs and what its limits are after surgery, this didn’t happen overnight.
- Constipation. By jingo this has been a tough one for me! Obviously, I am not having as much food, which means I am not having as much fibre. This has led to quite a lot of stomach ache and uncomfortableness since having the surgery. I make sure I have my Bran Flakes everyday for breakfast now! It is really important that I eat the right amount of the right foods so my digestive system doesn’t suffer.
- Getting to know my body all over again. I am still going through it with this one. Yes, it is wonderful to be a smaller size. However, when you have known and have been used to and dressed the same body for many, many years and suddenly it is very different – it is harder than you’d think.
- Not really knowing if enough is enough. After gastric sleeve surgery you are told, and you expect, to eat a lot less. The thing is there is no actual set guide which can prove quite tricky. Very early on I struggled with this. I was so worried about over eating and then being ill afterwards. It comes with time and I simply stop eating when I start to feel full but it’s something which took some getting used to.
- Although I am in a much better place mentally, the psychological impact of the surgery has been much more present than I ever thought. The social aspects take some getting used to. Not feeling well depending on what you eat. All the little issues build up and can take their toll mentally.
With all of the above said, I am sure most of you know by now that I still feel this was the best decision I have ever made, (apart from marrying Tommy!). Now, I need to lay low on the gastric sleeve front for a little while. I feel that is all I have been talking about recently!
Thank you so much for reading and all of your support as always, it means the world.