Do I remember my turning point? I remember the date and time! It was when I got home from dinner on May 27, 2009 at 10:30pm.
Was it after having my doctor beg me for 5 years to consider the surgery? Nope
Was it not fitting in chairs? Nope
Was it not being able to walk 1/2 block? Nope
Was it to better my health? I felt fine, as long as you didn't count the shortness of breath, the inabliltiy to walk, step off a curb, or go up my stairs without stopping twice to catch my breath. Not even mentioning not being able to walk the grocery stores.
What did it? Having my job and me eliminated! After crying, calling a friend and drinking my dinner (at Chevy's), the next morning I called the very same doctor who had been begging me to have the surgery. She made the referral that day and I had my first appointment with the South San Francisco Baraitrics Department the next day! A year later I had the surgery, and now another year later, I'm employed at my previous employer's competition!
I finally realized all of the above questions I had answered no to, should have been yes, Yes I needed to lose weight, I had known that for many many years, but I was comfortable. Too comfortable, I figured I had a good job, health coverage, why bother to lose weight? Well, please take a note from my book, bad things do happen to good people. I had been at my employer for 30 years always got outstanding service reviews, and yet, it still happened. I realized at 400 + pounds I was not employable, so I was forced to wake up. While the wake up call was quite brutel, it opened my eyes.
Sorry about the Great American Novel of an answer. If my story can open one other person's eyes, that it does happen to you and not always the other person, it was worth it.
HW: 408 SW: 380 CW: 323 GW: 150 Starting BMI: 70 - current BMI: 56