I"m a 41 year old married mother of 3 who's been a stocky person all her life; even when I was a size 5-6..had shoulders like a foot ball player; very broad.
With my first child (20 years ago) I gained about 70 pounds and lost less than 1/2 of that. When I had my second 2 years later, I gained 40 and lost none of it. When I got pregnant with my third child 11 years ago, I gain about 20 lbs, which took me to over the 200lb mark and I never looked back.
I began to gain alot of weight in the last 11 years and couldn't figure out how to loose it. About 5 years ago, I began taking the Phentermine prescribed tablets, exercising and joined a gym. I lost over 50 lbs. I thought this was it. I was at a weight I'd not seen in over 15 years to that point. Over time, as my body became less responsive to the medication, I started the weight gain. It took me about 3 years to gain the 50 lbs pounds back...plus an additional 10. It was funny because I exercised more; but couldn't control what I ate or how much of it I ate....so here I was again and feeling like a failure.
My blood pressure was high and I was now on meds and feeling lowsy. I had thought about WLS for a couple of years, but got serious about it in march of 2007. In October I made the decision to move forward with it.
I'm at a point where I'm very excited because I have my date and looking forward to feeling better. I love exercising i.e. biking, swimming and aerobics; but had grown tired of the aching knees and not being able to go for long periods of time; but I so look forward to shedding this weight and being able to get through that 45 minute aerobic class or 30 min spinning class again. I look forward to a healthy life and an added benefit of LOOKING better too. Although it'll be an uphill battle as far as cutting out all the foods that I know are bad for me; I actually look forward to doing it.
My husband has been the BEST support system a person could ask for. As I am cutting back and taking things out of my diet, he has decided to join me. He's not an overweight man; although he could stand to loose a bit of his 'gut'; but he is sacrificing as a show of support and unity. My how God has blessed me.
I hope, as I begin my journey, I can be a support to others out there that has had to face this unpleasant journey called Morbid Obesity.