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I had always considered myself in high school as "big-boned". Thats what we called it. I had a larger frame, but really looking back, a size 10 would be magnificent right about now. My weight sky-rocketed after my first year in college and I continued to add on the pounds each year thereafter. Living and having a ball at the University of Arizona. At 25, I remember after the birth of my son, I was still a big girl. It seems like a blur for so many years of never stepping on the scale unless I was doing a diet or "weighing-in" at a weight loss clinic or doctors office. Other than that, I didn't get on a scale. I just didn't want to know. I tried every diet you can imagine. My friends know of my past 5-year on-again-off-again battle at Slim-4-Life where the highest amount of weight loss recorded was a whopping 40 lbs back in 2008. After that, I leveled out, or plateued and couldn't seem to lose anymore weight. Well...when that happened, I got discouraged and quit. Each time I restarted, I'd lose, then gain it all back plus more! These weight loss clinics always seem to know how to "reel you in" with a new promo on buying weeks or a huge savings in supplements (which you had to buy to do this diet) which over the course of 5 years I believe I spent somewhere in the ballpark of 5k. I just hate being so unhealthy, but at the same time I don't want to do this anymore. I'm thinking there has to be something else wrong with me. My adrenals were so screwed up and nothing at this point was going to work. I was just a big girl. I knew I was big because I couldn't shop in the cute stores. I was limited to Nordstroms womens department (expensive) and Lane Bryant--easy online shopping, which was good because I found a size that works and bought a lot of it!!! This was it. So, I really have gotten to the point where I don't enjoy shopping, rather I really haven't bought any clothes for 2 years now. I just can't bear to buy another 3X or 22-24 size. It is just overwhelming at this point. Thank God, I have the most amazing friends and they understand my struggles!!!
I know I needed to do something when this past year, boarding a plane, I couldn't get the seatbelt lached. Wow. This was a sad depressing moment and I can't even describe the embarrasment I felt. I was suppose to be enjoying the start of an amazing spring break trip to Florida and I couldn't get excited. So there I was...sitting on the plane without a seatbelt on hiding it beneath my clothes. I told myself at that point that this was it. I'm done and I will never board a plane and have this embarrasment for myself or my son. This is when my journey started. I spent this trip researching doctors and weight loss surgery seminars. I found my doctor, Dr. Stanley Hoehn of the KC Bariatric Center. He has done over 3000 of these surgeries and I felt intrigued to go and meet him and listen to him speak. I just fell in love with him as a person and felt a sense of comfort. I knew sitting at this seminar I was going to have this surgery and he was going to be my surgeon. I have told a few friends and relatives and that is it. I won't be pulling a "Star Jones" and denying I've had something done. I can't wait to be an advocate to others and I hope I can help someone else with what I have struggled with for my entire adult life.