BLOG: Guerra is glad she didn't opt for gastric bypass

Annette Guerra
Jul 27, 2010


This past week has been an interesting one. I once again only got to work out once with my trainer, Kevin Gallagher of Anytime Fitness, because of conflicting schedules. But as for weight loss, it has been a good one.

It got interesting a few days ago, though, when I went out to eat.  Someone at the restaurant recognized me and congratulated me on my weight loss and then proceeded to tell me that their spouse had lost 40 pounds in 40 days.  Right then I thought to myself, the HCG diet. And I was right. That's exactly what that person is on.

You know, through this process, I've come to realize there is no "quick fix" for losing weight. It's a process that takes time and you really need to learn from it. Had I dropped 40 pounds in my first 40 days, I know 110 percent that I would gain it all back and then some because all I would of learned was how to take some "quick fix" medicine. 

I'm proud of the steps I've taken to become a healthier me and the people who have helped me get there.  

I have done this the "healthy" way. No pills, shots or surgeries. Just hard work and dedication. Sure, I've had my moments of wanting to quit, but you have to think to yourself about what's more important. Fighting through the down times? Or just plain giving up?

About five years ago, I went to see my family physician for a physical.  When he saw how much I weighed,  he immediately he suggested the gastric bypass surgery.  I was so happy when he told me that because I was like, "I can get this surgery done and be thin the rest of my life!"  

Looking back, I'm so glad I didn't do it. But it's a shame that never once did my doctor suggest a diet or plan to try to get me to lose some weight. Surgery is not the answer. It just takes a lot of hard work.  Trust me, I know it's hard. I'm trying to raise a family, work and save my own life.  

It's definitely not easy, but I'm so proud of myself and what I've accomplished.  And at the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror and say "Look at what I've done."




So glad to continue reading about your progress.  Too many people are looking for that "quick fix", and the only tried and true method is smart choices and regular physical activity.  One of my favorite sayings to people asking for weight loss advice is, "If losing weight was easy, then no one would be fat".  I think anyone who's followed your progress regularly is getting a very true to life portrayal of what it takes to make REAL changes in your lifestyle.  It's not always going to be easy and can frequently get discouraging--but we should always remember that old adage that we end up valuing the most what we work the hardest for.

I'm glad to see you embracing a positive attitude about the experience & so proud of you for sticking through your discouraging points.   I really think that from an all-around perspective, you are exactly what this contest is meant to highlight--someone who has LEARNED what it means to live a healthy lifestyle, not someone who just happened to find the right fad diet.


Thanks HKS, I really appreciate your comment.  It makes me feel good that people are following and happy with the progress I have made.

I was kind of weary about blogging about this cause sooo many people are doing the HCG and other "fad" diet, I really thought it might bring some negative feedback.

So it's very uplifting to hear from somebody like you!  Thanks again.


bodinbalance's picture

I am happy to hear you decided not to do gastric bypass.  It is an expensive proceedure that usually doesn't have lasting results.  People usually see a nutritionist to help with that part but never learn how to take care of their bodies physically.  It's like giving someone their diploma before they go to school and hoping they pick up the knowledge along the way. 

What you have learned about fitness will help your family as you can pass this info to them and help continue this healthy trend.  Nobody is perfect and there is always room for improvment at any physical level.  Just think how much of a head start your child can have on the other kids by just teaching what you have learned so far.