Emotional rollercoaster

Updated on July 25, 2018 in General Support Thread
8 on July 21, 2018

My weight loss journey seems especially dynamic these days. Entering the second week after surgery, I feel that my mood goes up and down over little things so randomly. It’s hard to control my mood swings, and the family members have voiced their concerns too.

Is this normal? How should I deal with this?

 
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0 on July 21, 2018

You should mention it to your doctor when you go back for a checkup.  I think food is addictive and it’s hard to give it up both emotionally and physically,  Your body is also changing physically and sometimes that’s scary.  I went through something similar and keeping a journal seemed to help as did going for walks outside. 

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1 on July 21, 2018

Daylight, could you be going through sugar withdrawals or depression?  Eating is a way a lot of us self-medicate, when you remove that option, you need something healthy to fallback on.  

on July 24, 2018

I completely agree with you because food makes me feel better, but ended up eating too much and made my weight way above normal. As for my “healthier” sugar intake, my partner prepares fresh fruit juice with a teaspoon of honey.

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0 on July 23, 2018

It is hard to adjust to something we were not used to. Sometimes we need to ask more understanding from our family when we are going through changes in life after Bariatric surgery.

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0 on July 23, 2018

Steve hit the nail on the head.  Our eating was a way to cope with stress and other uncomfortable feelings.  When you take that away, you must replace it with something else – hopefully with a healthier way to deal with stress. 

I find that writing helps me get my feelings out in a constructive way.  I was also seeing a therapist for a while after my surgery to work on stress management. 

What do you enjoy doing?  You can try reading, taking a nice bath, going for a walk, playing with your pet (if you have one), listening to music, writing in a journal, or talking to a friend in order to deal with your feelings. 

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0 on July 23, 2018

I thank you all for the responses. I ended up talking about it with the rest of the family. I was glad that they were still supportive. I’ll have a look into the music and books as I’m not yet allowed for complicated activities.

SassySasha, how long did you meet the therapist? Was it recommended by your surgeon or a decision you made on your own?

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1 on July 24, 2018

@Daylight, my surgeon mentioned that it might be a good idea to see a therapist to help me cope with all the changes I needed to make in my life.  I gave it a shot, and it really did help to talk things out with someone who was impartial.  I saw her for about six months.  

She had some good suggestions, but even more than that, I appreciated her just listening to me and allowing me to express whatever feelings I was having at the time. 

on July 25, 2018

That’s amazing! It feels kind of silly to see a therapist just for something like this but looks like that’s a mindset I should change. I’ll keep it in mind even though I hope I don’t have to go that far.

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