Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I had struggled my entire life, since grade school, so it took a deep look into my soul to come to the decision that I could NOT lose the weight on my own. Before coming to grips, I saw my considering surgery my own failure, but now I realize the failure was only in my emotions. Surgery is a tool, what you do with your tool dictates your success. I am still working on my success story, but now I have hope.
What was (is) the worst thing about being overweight?
Growing up fat, I had been active all my life until an injury left me unable to be as active. When you aren't active, you inevitably grow heavier, until in my case, I had mobility issues. My second worst fear was imagining how people would perceive me, fat and in some type of mobility device. My worst fear was dying from heart failure or some other malady that plagues the sedentary. That is when I came to terms and knew I needed help.
If you have had weight loss surgery already, what things do you most enjoy doing now that you weren't able to do before?
My stamina has grown in leaps and bounds. Before surgery, when I started swimming, I was initially able to swim 500 meters a day, three times a week. I slowly worked on my stamina, and before surgery my best daily swim was 2000 meters a day. After surgery, my best day of swimming was 6000 meters, or 3 3/4 miles in two hours. My first year after surgery I set a goal and achieved it - to swim 500 miles in one year. In 2012, I will be attempting 600 miles, and hopefully more.