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I began this journey in October of 2006. That was the final time when I knew this was the only way left to go. My cholesterol was out of control. I was on the border of high blood presure and diabetes. Every day I needed a nap of and hour or so. I had no energy and I wouldn't even think about getting on the floor with the kids. I took a step back and viewed my life. I was 45 with three little kids - 9, 7 and 5. My youngest has down syndrome and that has been such a focus for me since she was born. I have always thought "what would happen to her". I plan to be around for many years to make sure that she is well taken care of by ME!!! and my husband.
So, with the support of my family I started to investigate gastric bypass. I spoke to a lot of people and like most, I thought "well, that's not me". Ya, it was me. I went to my first meeting and was hooked. It became one meeting after another after that.
I had my surgery on April 9th 2007. It was a somewhat uneventful surgery. I came home and began the wonderful journey of weight loss. I am able to put in place all those Weight Watcher tips and healthy eating habits I have been taught over the years. Now, I have the tool to help me stop and NOT eat the bad stuff. I am confident that this was and is the best decision of my life.
I started in October of 06 at 277 pounds. At surgery (in April) I was 261. Today - July 28th I am 221. It seems to come off slow but it comes off. I also find that because of the negative impact of "junk food" I can't wallow in food. That is a true blessing!!!!!
My cholesterol has gone from 214 to 169 so I am off all the meds. My blood presure is normal and I am no longer a border diabetic. I just can't believe any of this.
I have begun to use my spare time by reading. A whole new world has opened up and I am proud and happy to have been the one to make these changes.