My name is Bonnie and I am new to this site. I had VSG on November 1st, so I still consider myself a newbie. I have had weight issues since I was 10 years old and now I'm in my 50's. That's a LONG time! I was able to lose over 100 lbs about 14 years ago and I kept it off for 10 years: I was in the Army and I was very physically fit. I was hurt in Afghanistan in 2012, and after that, I could not workout 5-6X a week, 1-2 hours a day. When I used to work out so vigorously, I was able to eat what I wanted. After I got hurt, I kept eating like a skinny person. Now eating like I was, not exercising, being post menopausal and getting older, I wasn't able to lose the weight on my own or with Weight Watchers. I kept gaining weight until I reached 242 lbs. For about a year, I thought about WLS, but I knew I wasn't quite 100 lbs over weight. I did my research, checked into my insurance and made the first steps of the journey. Now here I am! I lost 27 lbs pre-op and I've lost 31 since. I've really been a slow loser since surgery, which has been frustrating for me. However, on the day of surgery, my BMI was lower at 33. I keep trying to remind myself that this a journey and I need to embrace it. This is where all of YOU come in. I NEED YOUR SUPPORT! I hope to make friends here and gain valuable knowledge. I look forward to meeting you all.
Bonnie (retired Army Major)