Weight has been an issue since the birth of my first child November 1993. It seems as though I gave up on me and began to cater to my spouse and children’s needs not thinking about what I need to do for me. I am often called Fat or fatty from my own kids and spouse. Maybe that’s their way of trying to push me to do something about my weight. I’ve tried several diets and fade eating habits in hopes of losing the weight but it has been like a roller coaster ride always gaining more back than I would lose. I hate to look at pictures of vacations on the beach. It often depresses me about how I look and feel.
This year in March 07 I took the initiative to really change my life around. I made an appointment for a physical! I would later call this phase I. This was the start of my plan to bring myself to a better health level so that I would be able to see my kids grow up and see my grandchildren. Phase II was the breaking of my 23year chewing tobacco habit. With the help of prescription medication for 6 weeks I have been chewing tobacco free since April 2, 2007. Phase III involved my snoring, breathing and sleeping habits. I took a sleep study and found out I had severe sleep apnea. I am currently on a CPAP machine (since May 30,2007). This brings me to my follow-up from my physical in March 07 I now have high blood pressure and my cholesterol is over 400! I am currently on medication for high blood pressure and soon to be on for my cholesterol. This brings me to Phase IIII weight lose surgery to extend my life past the age of 50.
My blood pressure, low back and knee problems, sleep apnea and lack of self confidence are all side effects of my obesity that is shorting my life.
My life will change after weight loss surgery by allowing me to lose the weight that has been restricting me from running around with my children, without being tired. It will also help me in turning around a family history of obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. Also with this surgery comes support that will help me in making better choices not only for myself but for the future of my family.