Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I have never had the upper hand with my weight. I have always been on the losing end of my weight. I have been thin in the past when I took over the counter drugs or worked out for 2-4 hours a day. Or when I just plain starved myself in high school.
What was (is) the worst thing about being overweight?
The worst think about being overweight is when I look in the mirror and do not know who I am looking at. It surprises me almost everytime I see a picture and realize just how big I am..
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 to ride my bike, snow and water ski and just fitting in wherever I go... I love to dance with my kids and walk on the beach in shorts and a tankini and not feel like I am an elephant... I love to buy clothes and know what size will fit... I love being in pictures with my family!!! I love having my life back. It has been 10 years and I feel so blessed that I have maintained my weight but more importantly I am a role model for the success of this surgery and I am glad to quiet the skeptics. I know at any moment I could get out of control so that is why I respect what that scale says everyday. Not so much what the number is but that it is the same or within 1-2 pounds of the SAME number EVERY DAY!! I tell people who have done this - the number is irrelevant if you are happy - the key is keeping that number consistant each and every day... So in short what I enjoy doing most is...living....