10 Years Ago Today!
May 15, 2016
Yes, you can tell by the title of this post that I am celebrating my 10 year surgiversay. Ten years ago I took a dramatic step towards health and wellness through weight loss and bariatric surgery. I lost 120 lbs post surgery (and 16 lbs preparing for surgery). I lost over 100 inches. I also lost my fear of walking into a room and worrying that others would judge me because of my size. I lost my fear of trying new things for fear that I wouldn't be able to physically accomplish them. I lost my fear of adventure, in fact I now embrace new adventures. I teach exercise classes, I travel, and I discovered that I love hiking, biking, kayaking, and more.
I am writing today because this site was so critical to my early success. I had so many questions and the folks on this site had such great wisdom and knowledge. Everyone was kind, supportive and generous of spirit. I am writing today because I hope my story can help even one person who is scared or struggling. I am writing today for the newby that is wondering what the future might bring, or the veteran who is slipping back into old (pre surgery) habits.
This isn't always easy. I have had to admit that I have a very unhealthy relationship with food and I sometimes find myself slipping back into old/presurgery habits. When I do, I gain weight. I now understand more than ever what everyone meant when they said the surgery is just a tool I have to do the work. Most times I do, sometimes I dont.
Where ever you are on your journey, don't give up, reach out to others when you struggle, love yourself and know that you are beautiful and worthy of all the happiness in the world - now go out and get it!