Tara Sutherland
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The Long Short Welcome

Feb 09, 2021

Yea, it's 2021. But to kick off on this new platform, I need to take you back for a few moments (a short post), to give you some context of who I am and why I'll be writing what I write.

In 2015, I hit the health wall - hard. With everything I had. All hundred and si...seve..eighty-something kilograms of me. I had a brilliant GP (General Practioner - Family Dr), Dr Oliver, rest in peace, you wonderful man. And when I went to him and cried about my health, he listened.

I'm not going to recreate every Diary entry here - but what I wrote on the day I was going to my first Weight Loss Surgery referral appointments is still true of the lifestyle I wanted to create and now I fight to hold on to:

I want to live a life of activity (I enjoy being outside, I like moving) – and I don’t want to create medical issues because of this body that I take full responsibility for creating.  I know my portion sizes are too large, I like eating.  I know carbohydrates are my nemesis, I often eat easy instead of taking a few more moments to prepare something.  And it's not like I don’t know which are the better foods to be eating!  I can read food labels, I even grow a mean vegetable.

That day, September 23rd 2015, was the beginning of the new Episode of my life.

SPOILER ALERT: the Weight Loss Surgery NZ Ltd team approved me for surgery.
I had my Gastric Bypass on November 13 2015. For the last five years, I have spent a lot of time and energy (and money) learning about how to operate this new digestive system of mine and the body it sits in. One of the biggest things I've learned, don't believe everything you read on the Internet.

Except for these words of mine - I wouldn't shit you ;)

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