Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I was overweight from the time I was a very young child on. I didn't realize just how overweight until I began looking back at my school pictures a few years ago. It really hit me that I had a major health problem before I even had any idea what healthy eating or being overweight was. I started dieting at age 14 or so. It wasn't hard to find friends to diet with at this age. We went on a lot of crazy magazine and made up diets and I began to lose and gain weight on a regular basis. I joined WW for the first time at 15 and lost a lot of weight. I had no idea how to keep it off, and it was back on, plus, by the time I was 17. More crazy diets followed that. I could lose 25-50 pounds fairly easily, but always gained it back. I felt horrible about myself, full of guilt and shame. Finally, after years and years of this cycle I was having more and more health problems, I was horribly depressed, and didn't know what to do. I went to see my PCP, and told him how I felt. He suggested surgery and asked his staff to start checking into it for me.
What was (is) the worst thing about being overweight?
The last year or so before my surgery I was no longer finding much enjoyment at all in life. I was so unhealthy, physically and emotionally that I found no joy in anything.
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 love that I can shop all day! I sleep well. I can buy clothes that fit right off the racks. I go dancing and really enjoy it! What I like the most is that my spirit has blossomed once again. I am really enjoying life!!!