Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
The emotional was harder then the behavioral. For me eating with loved ones was a way of sharing love and your day. Eating was equated with love for me so that is hard to change. The behavioral is a little tough but not as much as the emotional. The behavioral is about sticking to the plan given and then not beating yourself up when you slip. I use to give up when I slipped up and then just eat whatever, but now I enjoy the food more because it isn't equated with love, but it's like being normal. Eating because I need to physically not because it fills an emotional need.
What was (is) the worst thing about being overweight?
The worst things for me were; not being able to bend over and tie my shoes it was so hard and I would bruise my skin from bending over. Walking upstairs hurt my knees and was hard to breathe. But I think the absolute worst thing and most embarrassing is flying in an airplane and having to ask for a belt extender - I was always so ashamed to ask I would have my husband ask for me.
If you have had weight loss surgery already, what things do you most enjoy doing now that you weren't able to do before?
Being able to walk up my apartment stairs without feeling like I am dying for air. I can tie my shoes and give myself a pedicure. I don't have to worry about a seat belt fitting around me or a steering wheel rubbing my stomach