An exerpt from my full story (can be read on my website - totally free, no sign up or login required):
At 11 years out, I wear a Juniors size 11 comfortably (as a point of reference, I started out in Womenâ€™s 22-24). I continue to stay around 165, give or take 5 pounds. I honestly donâ€™t know what I weigh right now. My scale lives in my closet. I am told all the time that I look like I weigh much less than that (why, thank you!), but Iâ€™m not afraid to OWN my weight now.
Itâ€™s an amazing feeling:
To go to an amusement park with my kids and know I will fit on all the rides.
To cross my legs.
To sit in a swing on the playground.
To buckle my seatbelt.
To not pray that the waitress will sit us at a table rather than a booth.
But the part nobody talks aboutâ€¦the part that seems to be missing and forgotten at this point in the journey is thisâ€¦are you wondering when you are supposed to get HAPPY?
Iâ€™ve gone through ups and downs throughout this journey.Iâ€™ve suffered through some times where I have wondered why I bothered and then Iâ€™ve had other times that Iâ€™ve sang the praises of the surgery. Iâ€™ve had medical issues as a result of not staying on top of my nutritional needs, and even though I have learned much through my education as a counselor and my own experience on this journeyâ€¦
I still fallâ€¦I still cryâ€¦I still get angryâ€¦
But I get up and I keep going. And I know you can, too.
Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Starting Weight: 278 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery: 278 lbs
Current Weight: 165 lbs
Goal Weight: 165 lbs
Weight Lost: 113 lbs
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit:
Surgery Date: 01/03/2005
Hospital Stay: 3 Days
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval
Amanda Dutton LPC's Bariatric Surgeon
1250 JESSE JEWELL PKWY
GAINESVILLE, Georgia 30501