August 2021

Bel Roberts

1. What made you decide to have WLS surgery?
sick of being a recluse, embarrassed to be seen, health declining, more medication, depression...a roundabout but not the good kind

2. What was your weight prior to your WLS, and... What’s the goal?
122kg and I’m currently sitting at 85 with 15-20 left to lose

3. Did you get to the weight you wanted?
On my way!

4. How do you feel now that you have had the surgery?
Never been happier! Best thing I have done in a very long time.

5. Were there any problems along the way?
Minor setbacks with re-introduction of some foods, but was happy to use trial and error in triode first few weeks

6. Would you do it again now that you know what you know?
Absolutely and I would have done it 10 years earlier!

7. What are some of the inspiring things you can think of that you have noticed along the way?
I have cut down medications, nothing in my wardrobe fits me- in a good way.! My hair, skin and nails look and feel better. I am getting compliments. Love taking selfies now. I realise I have a lovely smile.

8. Did you have some happy unexpected surprises?
Definitely the help of my family, colleagues and friends. They have all been willing to help pick me up if needed, help keep my eye on the end goal and are there if I need an ear to listen.

9. What advice do you have for anyone preparing for surgery?
No more excuses. Just get on with it, be honest with yourself about why you want it. Don’t ever ever look back.

10. What is the one very best thing that has resulted from your surgery? What has been the hardest part of your journey?
Apart from the health benefits which go without saying, the best thing is shopping for clothes in normal size stores. The hardest part for me has been eating out. I do miss eating out with friends, but I have adapted. I take a container with me for leftovers.