Our Weight is Over

A couple's journey through weight-loss surgery and beyond

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The Big Decision

Welcome! This blog is a place for my husband and I to anonymously share our weight-loss journey, photos, struggles, and tips.

My husband Greg’s doctor first recommended WLS (weight-loss surgery) to him sometime last year. At first I was horrified: all I could think of were the risks of death and long-term medical issues. We dismissed it out of hand and went on with trying to diet.

Then I heard from a good friend that she was getting WLS. I was worried for her as well and tried to avoid her discussions of it. Eventually I realized how well she was doing and that she was healthy and happy. A woman in my choir had WLS as well, and was very open about it. My perspective was slowly changing.

I started doing some real research and joined some Facebook groups. I talked to people who had gone through it. No one regretted it. I talked to Greg and explained my new view. He was tentatively on board, but of course wanted to learn more.

We attended a WLS info session at Brigham & Women’s. I left more sure than ever; Greg left nervous and unsure. We talked more. We discussed the risks and benefits. He agreed to continue with the process with the caveat that he still might change his mind. My mind was made up, whether he did it or not.

Three months later, we’re now almost done with our pre-op appointments. Our insurance covers WLS and doesn’t require six months of nutrition classes like some do. Due to family vacation plans, the earliest we’ll do surgery is August. Greg will likely go first, and I’ll follow in 6-8 weeks. We have a three-year-old daughter after all, that needs lifting and diaper-changing and playing with.

This is just an overview of what’s happened so far. In future posts, I’ll get more into our reasons for surgery instead of “just dieting and exercising,” what the pre-op appointments have been like, and how we’re feeling about the journey. Thank you for joining us!