Posts tagged ‘Weight Loss’

September 27, 2010

Why Weight Loss Surgery Isn’t for Me

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™
Gastric Banding

Gastric Banding - Image via Wikipedia

Greetings TVP Fam!

For the past day or so I’ve been involved in a discussion over at the official page of TVP on Facebook and on Curvy Goddess Lounge. In this discussion we are talking about weight loss surgeries and the dangers they pose. Everyone is different and what works for each of us that are on a path of increased health through weight loss varies. For me, I know that procedures such as Gastric Bypass and the Lap-Band System just would not work for me and here’s why:

It’s Just Too Darn Dangerous

The Lap-Band site lists over 30 complications and risks involved with their product including:

  • Spleen or liver damage (with the spleen sometimes needing to be removed
  • Weight regain
  • Death

Granted, all medical procedures have risk but I’m just not convinced that the benefits outweigh them. Especially when there are simpler alternatives available for me.

It’s Expensive

According to the bariatric weight loss surgery guide site, the average cost of gastrointestinal surgical procedures is about $25,000. You can by a gym membership (which averages about $40-$60 a month) for life!

Fortunately, because of the severity of the obesity epidemic in America, many insurance companies are beginning to pay for the procedure (It’s how my mom was able to afford the Lap-Band surgery).  I just can’t – and won’t – shell out that kid of money for a procedure that is unlikely to work for me.

It Doesn’t Address the Real Underlying Issue

For me, the biggest reason I wouldn’t invest in weight loss surgery is that it is an external means of addressing what is for many an internal issue. The surgery will have short-term success but in the long run, if the underlying problems associated with being overweight aren’t addressed then it will eventually lead you right back to square one.

In high school, I weighed close to what I weigh now which was close to 400 lbs. While I made up my mind to loss weight and get healthier I realize in retrospect that I wasn’t doing if for myself. I was doing it to please everyone but myself and even though I lost close to 250 lbs. I gained it all back because I didn’t address certain issues I had about my body, my weight and my eating habits.

To Each His Own

Weight loss surgery isn’t for me. I refuse to go under the knife to “get skinny”. Some people may see it as their only option to lose weight. Whatever you decide, for those of you considering surgery as a weight loss option, please do your research before committing to doing anything. Talk with your doctor, your family or a trusted friend and ask yourself “Am I doing this for me? Is there a safer way to lose this weight? Do I really want this?”

I’s sure there are people who both agree and disagree with my stance on weight loss surgery. I urge everyone to share their experiences and opinions in the comments below.

January 18, 2010

Positively Plus: Flossie Alexander of You Can NOW! Coaching Weight Loss Solutions, LLC!

by M Stagg | The Voluptua Project™

Flossie Alexander of You Can NOW! Coaching

Positively Plus features the men and women of the curvy community doing something to better the lives of others. Anyone is eligible for a feature. All that is required is a desire to uplift the community in which you live. Please provide the information below to be considered via the contact page:

Name | Business Name (if applicable) | Location (City/State/Province) | Contact # (Optional) | Primary Business Email Address | Your Background/Why You Started Your Business | Product/Service Offering (if applicable) | How are you/will you be of service to the community | A Brief Bio – Please Limit to 300 Words

This week, TVP is proud to feature Flossie Alexander and You Can NOW! Coaching!

Imagine weighing nearly 400 lbs. and barely able to walk 10 steps without feeling completely exhausted. Think about what would go through your mind if you were diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and were just a few pounds shy of having diabetes mellitus. That was the world Flossie Alexander found her self in for more than 20 years.

Like many of us, Flossie went from diet to diet, program to program searching for a solution to her weight problem only to meet with defeat time and time again … she nearly gave up hope of ever becoming healthy. Finally, faced with knee surgery before the age of 40 she embarked on a mission to find a method of weight loss that worked. Her many years of research led not only to the loss of 165 lbs.but to the creation of You Can NOW Coaching!, a weight loss and life coaching business dedicated to empowering clients with the gift of increased health and well being.

Today she is a a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach as well as a Certified Well and Corporate Wellness Coach. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women and Toastmasters International. Her comprehensive program provides 24 hour support to her clients in an effort to liberate others from the shackles of obesity. Not only have clients lost weight and kept it off, some of them have gone on to become coaches with You Can NOW! in order to help others find their own personal weight loss success!

When asked what makes You Can NoW Coaching different from other more established programs this is what she had to say:

“When you see those fad diets and weight loss programs on TV they always say that their results are not typical.You buy their expensive meals and go to their meetings and most times all you have to show for it are limited (if any) weight loss and a lot of frustration. Not so with You Can NOW! Coaching! There are no meals to buy and no mandatory classes to attend. What you do get is a comprehensive step by step weight loss plan tailored to your specific needs coupled with rock solid support and tools provided by our coaches. The result is a healthier new you because at You Can NOW! Coaching the results ARE typical!”

If you are looking for a weight loss solution that doesn’t make empty promises and provides 24 hour support from compassionate and diligent coaches you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to check out You Can NOW! Coaching. Don’t wait another minute! Flossie has  dedicated her life to helping people achieve their weight loss goals. Call or email today to find out how The You Can NOW! team can help you achieve the healthy life you’ve longed for.

You Can NOW! Coaching

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