What would I tell my pre- weight loss surgery self?
Simply put, I would tell myself, “It is worth it!”
To Michelle a month before surgery,
You are about to embark on a great, wonderful, life changing, hard, challenging and empowering journey. You are worth it. You are worth all the hard work you are about to do. You will have moments and days that stretch you more than you think you can handle. You will feel sick, tired, and exhausted. You will miss food. You will struggle to see your progress. You will feel anxious and overwhelmed as you adjust to your new life. You will be angry that you were at a point where you needed surgery to help you. You will be frustrated that so many things revolve around food. You will feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster. You will work your butt off.
It is worth it!
All the downs are worth it because the benefits are 100 times greater than the downs. You will be proud of yourself. You will start to realize that you have the power within yourself to take control of your life. You will feel better in every way. Physically, mentally and emotionally you will be able to do more. You will begin to love buy phentermine and topiramate yourself, and build habits so you can continue to increasingly love yourself. You will do so many things that you didn’t do before. You will be happier than you have ever been. You will be more in tune with your body. You will enjoy all the things your body can do. You will take better care of your body. You will be nicer to yourself.
Your life will change in more ways than you can imagine. You will enjoy being active. You will start dating again. You will get married. You will go zip-lining and hiking on your honeymoon! Zip-lining and hiking! Can you believe it?!? You will go skydiving. You will run a half-marathon. You will buy a bike and start riding. You will go for walks. You will be able to do simple things more easily like getting in and out of your car, fitting in various seats, crossing your legs and walking up stairs without getting tired.
It is worth all the hard work! You will be confident, proud of yourself, feel empowered and start to learn how to love yourself.
You can do this! You can do hard things!
With much love,
Almost 4 years post-op Michelle