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Struggling to Start Back Up After Bariatric Surgery

by Kathrine Haar

I had bariatric surgery and knew I needed to start my exercise routine. I had gotten to 325 pounds and had not really walked or exercised in years.

I walked during my first year and lost over 150 pounds just from the surgery and walking a little bit.

Once my weight loss stopped, I knew I had to try another option because I wasn't at the weight I wanted. So, I decided that my end goal was to run.

I started slowly every morning by walking one mile for the first week. Then I slowly increased the time I was walking that mile in week two.

At week three I decided to start running 1/4 of a mile then walk the other part of the mile. I did this for week three.

In week four I increased my run to 1/2 a mile and increased my entire route to 1 1/2 miles. This one I got stuck on. I struggled with the 1/2 mile run.

So, I continued to this for 2 weeks. Then I decided that it was a mental struggle. My body didn't really hurt and I knew that I was capable. I had just told myself that I couldn't because I knew I couldn't.

So the beginning of week 5 I decided no pain no gain. So I stretched on that first morning walked for a minute then started running, and I told myself there was no stopping until I made my first mile.

I made my first mile and kept going. I was able to run 1 1/2 miles without any problems. I was so excited!

Being heavy for so long, made me so afraid of working out. I now know that if you set your mind to it, you can do anything.

I have continued running for three months now and am running three miles everyday and increasing my speed every week.


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Note from Dr. Dan


Excellent results. Congratulations on really sticking with the exercise.

I think a lot of people probably have similar feelings to you. They don't think they can exercise. It's unfamiliar.

But it is doable if you just do a little and then gradually work up.

Dr. Dan

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