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"New Body" blues

Don’t be surprised if you’re not entirely comfortable in your new body right away.  Before having gastric bypass, we dream about how great we’ll look and feel when we finally shed all the weight we’ve been trying to lose forever.  But it doesn’t always work that way.

I’d been on diets almost as long as I can remember.  I always dreamed about how great I’d look and feel once one of the diets finally worked.  I wouldn’t be so shy anymore.  I wouldn’t have to shop in the plus size section anymore.  I’d have fun shopping for bathing suits. 

After having a date set for my gastric bypass, it seemed that I was about to get that new body that would make everything magically change about my appearance.  But, as the pounds started rapidly dropping off, my mind had a very hard time to catch up.

I still “felt” fat.  Still bought clothes that were baggy to hide my body.  Was still very self conscience about my belly, and the way I looked in shorts and a bathing suit.  What happened?  Why didn’t I feel great?  Loosing weight was going to change the way I felt about myself.

Well, it did.  But, it took a long while.  And I had to let go of the thought that once I lost the weight, I’d feel like some super model.  You’ll have some baggy skin.  You’ll have the stretch marks, and the fat mind set for a while.  But then, you’ll realize you feel so much better.  You can breathe walking up a flight of steps, and you can chase your child around the playground, and THAT’S when you will fall in love with your new body.  When you realize all it can now do. 

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Hello, I'm Kate, and I'm a 10 year gastric bypass post-op. I started this blog, as well as my nutritional website betterbariatric.net, to help other bariatric surgery post-op's on their journey as well as pre-op's with their decision if bariatric surgery is right for them or not.

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