Three years ago on Thanksgiving, someone took the photo on the left, and when I saw it I had my light-bulb moment of realizing that if I didn’t do something, I was going to eat myself into an early grace. I was so ashamed of my body and I was in a very dark, lonely place inside my head.
I began researching weight loss surgery and started making small changes in my diet and activity levels, and the following March I attended the Risks & Benefits seminar hosted by Dr. Sherman buy phentermine k27 Smith. I still wasn’t sure if weight loss surgery was the right choice for me, so I kept working out on my own and tried to eat better most of the time. I lost 45 pounds on my own but the weight started creeping back up as I began experiencing diet fatigue and lost momentum at the gym. I was in denial for a bit, but when I stepped on a scale in early October and saw that I’d gained back 20 pounds, I decided that maybe bariatric surgery was my only option, since “doing it myself” just wasn’t working.
I submitted my information packet and began seeking insurance approval in mid-October 2014, and had my Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) done by Dr. Sherman Smith on March 31st, 2015. I had done countless hours of research and preparation, and thankfully my body healed quickly and responded very well to the diet and exercise. The support groups were absolutely critical to helping me keep my head in the game, because like so many of us, the mental struggles were just as intense as the physical challenges. I truly believe that if I had tried to go it totally alone without the support of everyone at groups and the wonderful staff at the RMAP office, I would never have reached my goals.
The photo on the right was taken this past Thanksgiving weekend, and I have been comfortably under my goal weight for a year now. I struggle occasionally with head games and food choices, but because of the tools Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians (RMAP) staff to lean on for support and advice, and I hope that by sharing my story I can help inspire and encourage even one of you towards reaching your own personal goals.
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