August 2021

Margaret Woodhouse

1. What made you decide to have WLS surgery?
I had been yo-yo dieting for 50 years and was having great difficulty walking and doing exercise

2. What was your weight prior to your WLS, and... What’s the goal?
127.5kgs. My goal is 85kgs. I also want to avoid comorbidities and become fit.

3. Did you get to the weight you wanted?
I’m 1kg off with still one month to my sleeve anniversary.

4. How do you feel now that you have had the surgery?
Like a million dollars. Happy, healthy, fit and with heaps of energy.

5. Were there any problems along the way?
I did have a bit of mental health issues, mainly due to the Covid virus and also the size of my meals, but my psychologist soon helped with that.

6. Would you do it again now that you know what you know?
Absolutely. I encourage people who ask, to research and talk to their GP.

7. What are some of the inspiring things you can think of that you have noticed along the way?
I think, learning more about nutrition. This has inspired me to cook differently. My husband has lost some kgs as well because I serve less. I’m also inspired by reading other people’s journeys on the Facebook page

8. Did you have some happy unexpected surprises?
Yes. My daughters all tell me I look like my mother, who died 34 years ago, and I wasn’t really prepared for how often my husband tells me how great I look. I also can’t believe I now choose to walk rather than drive, and use stairs rather than lifts!

9. What advice do you have for anyone preparing for surgery?
Research is really important. Keep your decision private. Don’t tell everyone because there are lots of naysayers out there. It’s your own personal journey. Most of all....just do it!

10. What is the one very best thing that has resulted from your surgery? What has been the hardest part of your journey?
I’m so well. I had a heart scan when my brother died unexpectedly from heart disease. It came back with less than 10% chance of heart disease. The hardest part was when a really good friend never once commented on my loss. All my friends and acquaintances have, even people I don’t know very well, but this one friend hasn’t said a word. That hurts