Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
I had spent about 25 years of my life steadily getting more and more heavy. I am a school teacher, married, with 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. I was constantly wishing I had the energy, flexibility, enthusiasm for doing the activities. I had difficulty fitting into airplane, bus, etc. seats when traveling w/students. I could no longer ride w/my husband on his Harley.
What was (is) the worst thing about being overweight?
I was embarrassed many times by being clumsy or slow. I am sure there were times that my friends, family, students were embarrassed to be seen with me. When I thought I looked pretty good in clothes--I look at pictures now and just shake my head. I just completely gave up hope of every doing anything about it. I was pretty sure I would die young--in my 60s. (I'm 62 right now)
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 believe in the message that we MUST STAY ACTIVE. I try to exercise by walking approx 2-3 miles about 3-4 times a week whenever possible. I am physically active during the summer months with gardening & other farm related activities. In the colder months, I attend our local fitness center and do resistance & cardio machines. I MUST eat my protein first so my belly gets full or I will snack on carbs that go down easy...that is part of why I bounce around at this weight. I have been around this weight for a year.
My goal this summer is to drop another 10 lbs w/lots of physical activity and watching my diet. (I am a teacher, so my schedule frees up in the summer, so I can do other things than grade papers and stress about lesson plans)
And, yes, I have made my goals of sitting on the floor w/my grandgirlies, riding our Harley behind my husband, and generally getting my life back. It has all been worth it, and I DO NOT intend to back slide into my former self.