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I have had a twisted view of food since the age of 7 when I started gymnastics. My coach repeatedly told my mother and I that I was fat. It took me years to be able to look at photos from that time and to realize that I was not overweight. As soon as puberty started my weight went up and down about 10 pounds. I felt like a whale. I slimmed down in my late teens but the weight started to creep up in my early 20s. I believe this is when the PCOS started to become problematic. I then gained approx. 10 pounds a year. I did every diet imaginable. At one time I was eating 1000 calories a day and walking 4 miles a day. I lost 4 pounds in a month. I also have hypothyroidism. I can't blame my medical problems for my weight gain because I did overeat. But I do think my health issues contributed. I also became a vegetarian for two years in my early 20s and gained 40 pounds. I ate lots of carbs because I didn't know how to eat a healthy vegetarian diet. By my late 20s I gave up. I have been existing, not living for the past 20 years because of my food issues. I have been to therapy and feel I have a grip on most of my issues but I will always struggle with food. I'm grateful that it's not heroin because I'd probably be dead. I have been researching weight loss surgery for the past five years (with terror). I finally made the decision in the fall of 2008 when my mobility became affected. I can no longer exercise and can stand for only a few minutes. I had decided on the RNY when I learned about the VSG and changed my mind after researching the differences. I am so grateful that my insurance has agreed to pay- I was certain I would have to pay for it. I am scheduled for my surgery on October 5, 2009. I am nervous but am looking forward to getting it over with and starting the work.