The way I see it, I will be ending my fourth week post-op tomorrow. Time for one of my boring updates. Please bear with me. This blogging is also meant to be a form of journal for me so if you don't feel like reading on, you are forgiven.
I did a lot of research on my own, unfortunately after surgery, on the weight loss outcomes for older
Bariatric patients. By "older", the literature refers to all of us who are over age 60. In fact, we're referred to as "elderly" by the researchers. Blah, blah, blah.....outcomes are "different" with less success than in the younger patient groups. We are expected to lose slower and one of the reasons is our "sedentary" lifestyles.
Okay, let me set this out there....you will NEVER find me at a gym. I think they are seed beds for bacteria and icky diseases. From what my husband tells me, most of the people at his gym don't seem to have a clue about hygiene and he is meticulous, wiping every piece of equipment free of the sweat from the person before him. He never wears clothing that would allow his skin to come into contact with anything at the gym. He also tells me stories of the rude behavior and disgusting sights in the locker room. So, nope, I'll take a pass. Don't get me started on other things that happen at gyms.
So, I walk for exercise and I never sit still when at home. I'm up the stairs and down the stairs and up the stairs. For an "elderly" person, I'm fairly active and always looking for ways to get my butt in motion. So, maybe the theory applies somewhat but.....
I have not lost one single ounce since March 19th. and it was slow up until that point, when you look at the low caloric intake and the activity.And yes, I drink the buckets of fluid every day and just yesterday, took a 2 mile, brisk walk at the beach. Had to be brisk, it was cold and windy!
I put a call into the Bariatric Surgery group and await an answer. For the time being, I'm just ready to consider myself a statistic again.