I began the weight loss journey over and over again only to fail one more time. I had all but given up until a friend of mine had lost weight with gastric sleeve surgery. I didn’t think too much about it until my nephew who was 400+ pounds lost weight with the gastric sleeve. Wow, what a change for him.
I would walk across the parking lot at work and would be wheezing so loud that my co-worker could hear me and was concerned. It was embarrassing. I would always take the elevator and not the stairs. When I walked with other people I wouldn’t talk because I was always out of breath. The funniest thing of the weight loss is my sons tell me I’m half the women I use to be and they mean it literally. I can walk without wheezing and talk to others without being short of breath when walking. I can only tell you how good I feel. I didn’t realize how unhealthy I was until I started to lose weight.
I started the process in 2016. I went to the weight loss clinic at St. Mark’s Hospital in February. When I look at my BMI at that time of 50 and now within my journey or weight loss at 25 I am amazed at myself. I don’t really mean to sound narcissistic, I’m just real proud of my accomplishments.
I can’t say it has been easy, because I had a lot road blocks before surgery. One problem is that I fell in the parking lot at work and broke my foot 10 days before surgery, I thought this would delay my surgery.
But I preserved through it all. I went in before surgery weighing 282 pounds, and after a year my total weight loss has been 120 pounds weighing now at 166 pounds. I know I’m not finished. It will always be a battle of watching what I eat. It is a new journey now and a new beginning.
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