by Melanie Wildman March 27, 2019 3 min read

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No One Willingly Chooses to be Obese

We are not lazy. We are not gluttonous. We are not stupid, or worthless. We are not failures. We are people. We are husbands, wives, mothers, brothers and grandparents. All of us have suffered from a poorly understood complex medical disorder called obesity. We did not “do this to ourselves”. We can - and we did - “put the fork down”. We’ve all dieted; we’ve all sacrificed and we have all suffered. We’ve all gone hungry, we’ve punished ourselves, and we have blamed ourselves for our failings. We need you to know we’ve been there too.

Weight Loss Surgery is About Courage

If you are reading this blog, it means you have joined the ever-growing ranks of brave men and women who have taken the courageous step to have a surgery in order to change - and save - our lives.

Melanie before after

It's NOT the Easy Way Out

Choosing surgery is not taking the easy way out. Choosing surgery is choosing life. For those of us who have had wls, we are a community of people who have a bond - a shared experience of being obese and of overcoming our obesity.

We aren’t just passionate about what we do because we have changed our own lives. We are passionate about what we do because we can help changed others’ lives. And together, as a team, as a community, we are about to change your life too.

Together, We've Got This!

So if you had surgery, or you are thinking about having surgery - Congratulations! And welcome to your new life! This weight loss surgery blog will help guide you through the months ahead. As we continue to add new helpful tips, information and material, you can use this blog as a reference when you have questions, struggles and harder days ahead.

The better you understand what you need to do, the more likely you are to enjoy the healthy life you have always wanted and you have always deserved.

Your Health Goals

We believe setting goals is critical to your success. No one wants to have weight loss surgery and not reach their true potential. Research shows patients who write down their goals and develop a plan to achieve those goals lose much more weight than those who want to “get on with it” without fully analyzing their weight loss and health goals.

It’s important to understand that goal setting is never about the end result.

It's About the Journey

It’s about the process of getting there: the skills you will foster, the behaviours you will learn and the new habits you will develop. Dreams are just the desired results. Goals are how you will accomplish your dreams. For example, wishing to win the lottery is a dream. But working hard, investing and saving for a secure future, that is a goal.

Melanie before weight loss surgery

We Are More than a Number

Having weight loss surgery means your goals should never be about the numbers on the scale. This journey is about changing your life. It’s about getting healthier, being more active and appreciating who you really are.

It’s about learning new skills, new strategies and new behaviours. It’s thinking about the world and your life in an entirely new way!

These are the goals that are the fundamental building blocks to achieving your new life.

We Are In This Together

As a bariatric patient and the founder of Nutracelle, I'm thrilled to be a part of this journey with you!

xo Melanie

 

Melanie Wildman
Melanie Wildman


1 Response

Melanie Moore
Melanie Moore

May 06, 2019

Dear Melanie,
You are an inspiration to those of us still struggling with losing weight. I had the gastric sleeve procedure done at the end of January. I am down 42 lbs since then but feel the weight should be coming off faster than it is, so I tend to get discouraged. I try and walk or do HIIT workouts everyday and have not cheated since the surgery but find I’m hungry every hour or so. I have the Vanilla Dream protein powder and although it is delicious, I am not a big fan of shakes so I haven’t used it in awhile. Any advice you can offer on foods that would help me feel fuller for longer periods of time would be greatly appreciated. I don’t want to give up or fall back on bad habits.

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