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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

42


Today marks my 42nd birthday.

This year, more than any other, I really feel the day - not because i feel old or anything, but because it marks the last day before I embark on a drastically new life. You see, tomorrow, I am finally getting in for my much-needed weight loss surgery.

At 42 years of age, I weigh in at 300 pounds. Now, many in our hobby may shrug at that number, but for me it's a very dangerous number. Not only does it bring with it the same potential problems as anybody who is significantly overweight, but in my case it is a very compact and localized weight that gathers most of it in a dense packing in my abdomen. It says something, that nobody that sees me believes that I weigh 300 lbs. It's all packing in around my vital organs and that just adds to the danger of it.

I made the decision to have the surgery about a year ago, after my wife's successes with the same surgery two years prior. I had to do something to make sure I would be hear to see my girls grow up and to be there for my wife into our old age. Willpower, just wasn't enough and a life like this had already taxed my body to the point where exorcising was damaging my knees and ankles which have always been weak my whole life.

It all came down to this logic - If you are a marathon runner and you blow out your knees, you have surgery to fix them. I have been marathon eating and now I am having surgery to fix my stomach which has been so abused as to not function correctly in its normal food intake reflexes.

As I said, this birthday is a bit more poignant than others in the past.

Take care,

-Eli

17 comments:

  1. Happy birthday and fingers crossed for the surgery tomorrow!

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  2. Good luck on your surgery dude. And happy 42nd birhtday

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  3. Happy Life the Universe and Everything Day and best of luck with the surgery. A friend had it done and it changed her life.

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  4. Happy birthday and speedy recovery!

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  5. Happy Birthday and best wishes for the surgery

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  6. We have the same birthday! I too turn 42 today. Weird growing up in bits of the 80's and 90's and looking around now going "M'eh". I hope the surgery goes well. I'm generally too lazy to do the weight lifting thing, which for me at least, is part of what I need to do in order to lose weight because I've found that muscle mass does consume a lot more calaories and that's my downfall, the intake part. I've ruled out the surgery, and I don't want to scare you, but I ruled it out because one of my friend's husband's had it and they left dead intestine in him and well, it killed him. I'm sure things have improved since that happened but that was way too much for me. I hope things work out fantastic for you and that this is the start of a better life for you.

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    1. Joe,

      I appreciate the cautionary, however the surgery I am having removes nothing. I am having Lap Band surgery which leaves the stomach whole but adds a device to help fix the stomach's food responses. My wife's had hers for three years now and the only complications she has had are self-inflicted from not adhering to the right diet.

      -Eli

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  7. Good luck on your surgery my friend, all the best on the 42nd birthday...your a young-in still...)

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  8. happiest of B-Days, Eli. And a quick and healthy recovery from surgery, Sir.

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  9. Happy birthday! I hope the surgery goes well.

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  10. Happy Biryhday, and new life..best wishes with surgery

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  11. Happy birthday Eli. Like everyone else, I wish you the best of luck with the surgery, and a long and happy life with your family.

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  12. Hey, when I texted you I hadn't seen this post. Exciting stuff man, I wish you the best, keep us all posted!

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  13. Happy Birthday and Best Wishes for your surgery and a speedy recovery.

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  14. Happy belated Birthday Eli, and good luck with your surgery. All the best dude! Will

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  15. All the very best with the surgery - you'll be both half the man and twice the man!

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