Before and After VSG with Brittany, down 130 pounds!September 28, 2021
Why I decided to have WLS
Before and After VSG with Brittany: The decision to have surgery was not one that I made lightly. I thought about it for years and even met with a couple of different surgeons before moving forward. I had tried everything possible to lose weight on my own, but it was never enough. This entire journey has been and even still is, very emotional and requires a lot of psychological strength to maintain.
I personally feel triumph in every day that I continue to make good choices for myself and my future. I had to be my own support. I had to learn to be patient with myself and then to have increased self-awareness to continue this journey. I had to understand that this was not a journey that had a start and an end; it is a new beginning to a lifelong style of living.
Pre-operatively, I just followed instructions given to me by my doctor, Dr. Nikhilesh Sekhar, did everything that I was told, and was disciplined about the next steps and what I could do. I made this a priority and did not dwell too much on how “annoying” it may have been to commute to so many appointments. I just did it.
Before and After VSG with Brittany
Total Weight Loss: 130 pounds
Surgery Type: VSG
Surgery Date: 2/5/2020
Surgeon: Dr. Nikhilesh Sekhar
My Surgery and Post-Op Life
After surgery, I stuck with all of the guides given to me by Dr. Nikhilesh Sekhar. I thought about how much I wanted this new life for myself, and that is what kept me determined to reach my goals. Starting to see results, is what kept me motivated to keep going.
I had a particularly hard time mentally because I was not supported by my family in the ways that I should have been. I started a video diary where I just spoke about what I was currently feeling. I hope that one day I will look back at them and be able to reflect and rejoice in my progress.
I have completely changed my relationship with food and have adapted so many healthy habits, that I will hold on to forever.
I am so loud and proud of my journey that I have even found myself becoming a mentor to and inspiring others. I never could have dreamt that people would be coming to me for advice on health. It makes me feel so good to be able to have an impact on others. I have even taken a second job in a bariatric center and I am just getting started. I look forward to taking on any opportunity that I can to share my journey with others and to continue to help others along the way.
Special Milestones / Non-Scale Victories
A few special milestones that I have had are: being able to share clothes with my friends, shopping in the same stores as my friends, keeping up with people while walking, fitting into rides at amusement parks.
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