One of the toughest questions included listing ALL the weight loss programs you've tried in the past, how long you tried them, how much you lost, how much you gained back. My list is overwhelming.
- Weight Watchers (mulitple attempts)
- Physicians Weight Loss Center
- Low Fat Diet
- Herbal Life
- "Other Diet Plan" (anyone heard of the cabbage soup diet or the watermelon diet??)
- Slim Fast
- Health Clubs (don't care to think of how much money we've spent on membership fees only to stop going after a couple of months, but never cancel the membership)
Then I had to complete the task of completing any thoughts or images that come to mind:
- Food and Eating - love/hate!
- Dieting - doesn't work; frustrates me
- Being overweight - embarrassed, trapped, discouraged
- Being thin - I have no idea what that is like!
Rate the order of importance the reasons for having weight loss surgery:
- I am concerned that my health will deteriorate and my life will be shortened.
- I want to improve a current medical condition associated with my obesity.
- I am embarrassed socially by my weight.
- I lack physical fitness and want to be more active to enjoy life more.
- I am distressed by my physical appearance and need to improve it.
- Physical limitation of obesity makes day to day living very difficult.
- In social situations, I feel comfortable most of the time.
- I have more negative thoughts than positive thoughts about myself.
- I hate the way I look.
Please imagine that you have lost the weight you plan to. How do you anticipate your life to change?
I anticipate being able to ride a bike with my boys or go hiking with the family. I anticipate feeling like I am suppose to be on the arm of my husband rather than an embarrassment to him. I anticipate NOT being in pain every single day!
Do you have financial concerns which relate to this program? If yes, please explain.
Yes! Though insurance will cover the majority of the surgery, the added expense of the insurance premium, plus the out of pocket (and $375 up-front) on a tight budget makes me nervous. (Funny thing is this was the last question but other times when it asked for anticipated stressors I had listed financial!)
LOTS of stuff to process. LOTS of emotions swirling around. LOTS of encouragement too. I've still got more paperwork to read and more calls to make (to my Primary Care Physician), but though I'm overwhelmed, I'm still excited that the first step is over.
"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14