I began having weight problems when I started high school. Although I was considered “thick” by my peers and coaches, I participated in high school sports and even lettered on the track team. After high school, my activity level dropped dramatically because of college and a full-time job, but my love of food did not. I tried every diet known to man and was successful at losing a few pounds every time. I would lose it and gain it back along with 10-15 pounds extra.
As my weight increased, so did my health problems. Migraines, high blood pressure, acid reflux, severe sleep apnea, depression and a significant increase in asthma attacks were just a few of my problems. I had no energy. I couldn’t keep up with my children. I didn’t want to leave home because of the way that I looked and I couldn’t walk without breaking out in a drenching sweat and getting winded. I was so ashamed and embarrassed. The turning point for me was when I went for a follow-up with my cardiologist to get some test results and he told me that if I did not lose weight I would not live to see my next birthday.
Since my surgery, I no longer have health issues and am off of most medications. I am smaller now than when I was in high school. I love doing outside activities and even started running again with my children. Did I mention how much fun clothes shopping can be???
If you are considering bariatric surgery, you need to know that it is not an instant fix. It is just a tool to help you become a healthier you. You will need to change your life, your habits and your thoughts about food.
Join the online community, come to support groups and seek the wisdom of others who have had the surgery. The encouragement, support and prayers that you get from others who have walked in your shoes will be immeasurable.
Please remember that sustained weight loss is very hard work, but the benefits that you will reap are worth it!