What would Fran do?
Saturday, February 27, 2010
What would Fran do?
For those of you who do not know, Fran is my dear older sister and best friend who died three years ago from a 15 year battle with breast cancer. She was five years older than me and during our “growing up” years that five years was, at times, a big distance. As we grew older, we had our ups and down and then eventually became each other’s confidant, mentor, coach, counselor, cheerleader and most of all, best friend. And now, when I need to speak with her and hear her answers to my questions, she’s not here.
So I employ all of you, my internet friends, my diabetic friends, my weight loss buddies, my “sisters” and “brothers” to help me figure out “What would Fran do?”
I went to my endocrinologist yesterday and was surprised, well shocked, well no, not surprised, not shocked but smacked in the face with reality that I have been lying to myself and making excuses for my eating/exercising/weight loss plan (or lack thereof) for entirely too long. Yes, I’ve made some progress in getting “healthy”…I “fixed” my foot so I could exercise without pain; I stopped smoking!!! But then I used those to things to justify a weight gain of six pounds since December and my hgA1C climbing to an outrageous 7.3 from a 6.8. Who’s kidding who??
The most astounding words came out of my endo’s mouth: Lapband Surgery!! Ok, I have a BMI of 36 and I’m a diabetic, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, have about 70 pounds to lose and am a perfect candidate for this surgery. But WAIT!! I’m the one that has been so vocally, verbally, adamantly dead set against any kind of weight loss surgery for years now. I’ve felt it’s just a last resort because you don’t have any will power to know when to stop eating and need surgery to make sure the brain understands when you’re full. If I truly put your mind to it (like I did with stopping smoking) I can lose this weight. Or can I? And HOW could I face all of those people whom I told, “NO, NEVER, NOT ME!!”? And do I want to mess with Mother Nature?
My endo is giving me three months to lose weight and get my hgA1C back down. He wants me to join Weight Watchers or follow South Beach and lose about 10 pounds before I see him again.
So here’s where you guys come in. I need all of the input, good or bad, that you can possibly muster up. I’m not starting any “plan” until I figure out which would be the best for me. I plan on really structuring a “plan” that includes a specific “weight loss plan” to follow, exercise, vitamins, water, fruits, veggies, carbs/no carbs, etc. (Yes, I know all of this information is right here on SparkPeople BUT I want to hear what works for you, my friends.) AND I want your input on lapband surgery, for or against. Be honest, be brutally honest!!
Help me figure out “What would Fran do?”