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Wow I don't even know where to begin. I have been battling my weight all my life. I had parents that thought tough love was the way to motivate me to lose weight. That didn't work it just made me mad and feel unloved a lot. So I went through high school being called names, never having a date or going to any dances or even prom.
After high school I tried many different things to try and lose weight but ended up back where I started fat and miserable. I adventually met my first husband on a blind date and thought that my world as I knew it was gonna change.
Here I met a man and he actually seemed interested in me just the way I was. Well my life did change drastically I got pregnant, 8 months later I got married and 9 months later I had a beautiful baby boy. I thought for sure my life was headed in the right directions. Here I had met a man who payed attention to me, said he loved me and we just had a bouncing baby boy. And it was great for a while, until approximately 9 months later and I came up pregnant again, while I was on birth control.
Well needless to say things changed drastically the man that I had come to love and thought I was my knight in shining armor was no more. We did have another beautiful baby boy. But as the years went on things just progressiving got worse between us and I had given up on myself and had not lost any weight after giving birth. I did stick it out with him for 8 more years. I am one of those old fashioned people that beieves marriage should last a lifetime. Plus I was doing it for the children. I didn't want to tear up their family. But adventually I realized it was hurting them more by staying together.
During both of my pregnancies I had gestational diabetes. But after my second child the diabetes did not go away. So now on top of everything else I was diabetic. I had also been diagnosed when I was 18 as a manic depressant. By the time I was 35 was then diagnosed as Bi-Polar. Wow that was a huge blow to me.
So in the divorce I lost my house and my and the boys moved into an apartment outside of town. It was a huge change for all of us. I had to car pool them to school every day and then go to work. Then the boys had to go to an afterschool program each day until I got off work. They were both very resentful of the divorce and it was very hard on them. Their father had moved an hour away and was living with his girlfriend that he had had for years while we were married. Plus he made great money and they thought he was awesome because on the weekends he was super dad and took them all kinds of plays and I was the mean mom who had to make sure they went to bed, got their school work done each night and that they ate the right things. It got so hard that after a couple years I let him take over custody and I became the weekend parent.
At that point I realized I needed to frocus on myself again. So I attempted to diet again and try a the new cabbage soup diet and many others. Still no prevail. I also decided money wise I needed to get a second job. So I applied at a local convenient store/gas station and there is where I actually did meet the man of my life. He trained me and we became very good friends. Then one day we realized we both felt more and before you knew it we had moved in together and he had asked me to marry him. So I have been happily married to him for 3 1/2 years and I could not ask for a man that is more supportive with me. His mother also lives with us and she has been more of a mother to me than my own has ever been.
My husband had a partial bypass surgery back in 2003 at at that time he weighed more than 400 pounds and so he gave me the confidence and support to look into the surgery myself. Yes I had always thought about it. But with no support and not sure how I would financially do it I didn't go any further. He looks awesome now by the way!!!
So in April of 2008 we went to a Weight Loss Surgery Orientation at the Cleveland Clinic here in Ohio. There was probably 40 other participants in the orientation. I was the fortunate one that my insurance did not require a bunch of stuff before surgery.
So they set me up for my first appointments with the nutritionist, psychologist and surgeon. I continued to go about every other month and we adventually got me on the right track to schedule surgery.
I got the call one week after Thanksgiving 2008 that they wanted to do my surgery on Tuesday, Dec. 30. That also meant for the next 3 weeks I would be on a liquid diet, which they require before surgery. Wow no Christmas dinner or any goodies and I would be in the hospital on New Years Eve and Day. I moaned and groaned a lot and probably was a pain in the ass to everyone during that 3 weeks. But I knew it would all be worth it.
So on Tuesday, Dec. 30, weighing 337 pounds I underwent gastric bypass surgery. There is a lot more that has happened in my life I just tried to condense it so I wouldn't bore everyone. Thank you for listening. I hope to gain many many friends from obesityhelp, lots of support and gain huge amounts of information. Thanks again!!!!