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Once you are in the weight loss surgery program, you get to take class when they say you are ready for them. You have passed tests, labs, your psych evaluation and it is now time to learn what to expect from this process. Major life changes are coming your way and , a good program, wants to make sure you are as educated as you can possible be for it.
I got a huge binder at my first of the three classes, and it is full of what to expect before, during and after the actual surgery. What kind of diet changes and exercise should one do to prepare? What kind of habits do you need to change now to make your post surgery life easier? what will your eating schedule be like while you are recovering from surgery and your body is healing? Why is it the easiest to lose weight the first year post surgery than it will ever be?
All of that was answered, with accompanying homework and reviews.
We talked recipe ideas, dinner tips, how to keep your head in the game for the long run win. It was totally worth the time invested and reassured me that this was the right team to be working with for this major change in my life. This surgery is simply a TOOL to change a life and these people were dedicated to making sure we all knew how to use it to the best of our abilities.
There is one more class to take, but it is after my surgery date is set. It has all the final details and hospital information too – I find out Wednesday when I get my invite to “class D”.
I am sipping my water in between meals. I am listening to my hunger cues. I am balancing protein and carbs. I am working out in the health club I just joined. I am drinking my protein shakes. I am waiting…