I was never overweight as a child. I was always skinny, even through I wasn't active. I was the one everyone hated. I could eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted and didn't gain an ounce. Perhaps it was because I was mostly living on cigarettes and Diet Coke. That all changed when I quit smoking 18 years ago. I began gaining weight here and there. I would watch the scale get higher and think, "I can take this off, no problem."
Well, eventually it became a problem. Before I realized what I was doing to myself (because it all came on so gradually) I went from 125 lbs. to 220 lbs. I couldn't stand myself. I now needed a CPAP machine to sleep at night and I couldn't climb a flight of stairs without being winded. I had more aches and pains than I ever had in my entire life and finally hit rock bottom when my niece of 4 said I was going to break the ladder I was climbing down. That's when I realized that I needed to do something or I was just going to get bigger.
Realizing the stigma attached to Weight Loss Surgery, I decided to just go and hear the spiel and then I would most likely go through the program and not do surgery. I mean, isn't that the 'easy way' to lose weight?
I can do this, right? I'm a strong, independent woman and it will be easy to just follow the plan and the weight will come off like crazy. How wrong I was. No matter what I did the weight was coming off at only a couple of pounds per month. The scale was going in the right direction, but not as fast as I had hoped.
I sat down and thought "Can I deal with this? Am I strong enough?" The answer, unfortunately, was "no". I needed to consider surgery. I discussed it with my husband and he said that he would support me in whatever decision I made. So I made the decision to go for it.
I am 12 days out and I could't be happier with my decision. I now realize I CAN do this!
Height: 5 feet 3 inches
Starting Weight: 221 lbs
Weight on Day of Surgery: 210 lbs
Current Weight: 181 lbs
Goal Weight: 130 lbs
Weight Lost: 40 lbs
Surgery: Gastric Sleeve
Surgery Status: Post Surgery
First Dr. Visit: 05/26/2015
Surgery Date: 04/29/2016
Hospital Stay: 1 Day
Surgery Funding: Insurance
Insurance Outcome: 1st Letter Approval
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Fallon Clinic - Westborough
106 East Main St
Westborough, MA 1608