Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I have been heavy all my life. When I was a child I was teased by my peers and family. I have ya yo dieted all my life. I tried nutri system, weight watcher, atkins, phen phen, Zenical, and many other forms of diets. Nothing has ever kept the weigh off. I was depressed and to a point of considering using laxatives to get my weight under control. I was so embarrassed of how fat I was, I avoided and made excussed to not see my family and friends. That is when I talked to my doctor about gastric bypass and they got me headed in the right direction.
What was (is) the worst thing about being overweight?
I could not run, bike, jog, play sports, or games with my children. I would get winded just walking. I couldn't find clothes that were cute, everything was loose fitting and hung. But most of all, I didn't love myself anymore.
If you have had weight loss surgery already, what things do you most enjoy doing now that you weren't able to do before?
I can jog, yipee!!! I never could before. I can walk 4 blocks without getting winded! I can run and play with my kids. I can play volleyball with my team for the half hour practice and not feel like I am going to die!