Before & After, by Susan Maria Leach

Before and After: Living and Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery I just finished reading this book, Before & After: Living and Eating Well After Weight Loss Surgery, by Susan Maria Leach. I checked it out from our library because the key words “living well” caught my attention — see, I was thinking of you Lively Women readers!

Actually, somebody in cover design did a great job because skinny Susan in her black dress and killer shoes, set against the bright pink cover drew my eyes to this book immediately.

I confess I’d never thought about weight loss surgery before, so this book was eye-opening for me. After a lifetime of being chubby as a child and morbidly obese as an adult, Susan underwent gastric bypass surgery, dropping from 278 pounds to a mere 135 pounds within a year or two. She’s a living success story. This book documents her decision-making process, and how the surgery changed her life afterward, including over 100 of Susan’s original low carb, high-protein recipes. You can learn more by visiting her website, Bariatric Eating.

I loved this book! I loved Susan’s positive, can-do attitude and her willingness to reveal details of her incredible journey to help others. She is a magnificent cook, and just reading her recipes made me want to get out my blender and whip up one of her healthy protein shakes. For those who choose to undergo bariatric surgery, it’s a matter of life and death to avoid sugar, greasy foods, and overeating. Forever. There’s no going back. Yet shouldn’t we ALL be doing this?

I’ve seen the same type of “before & after” pictures of women who have succeeded in long-term weight loss by working out at Curves and completely changing their lifestyle habits. The change occurs first in the MIND — with an attitude of “I care about myself, so I’m going to take care of this one body I have.” Susan’s extreme measure is only one example. Reading this book has already impacted one MAJOR change in my own life, which I’ll tell you about in my next post.

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    • Rhonda Reyes

      I read the book and the thing that stuck out most to me was that before her surgery she was in constant contact with her husband but afterward she hardly mentioned him.

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