I've struggled with weight my entire life. Although I was at a healthy weight in junior high and high school, I was already using food in very compulsive ways to stuff down my feelings. A teenage marriage and motherhood started me down the road of packing on the pounds. By the time I was 30 years old I was over 200 lbs.
At various times I have dieted and exercised my way down to 180 lbs - not a healthy weight but one where I was more comfortable. However, years of yo-yo dieting and my sugar addiction created a fertile ground for metabolic syndrome and, eventually, a diagnosis of Type II diabetes. At my highest weight I was 259 lbs. at only 5'3". Yikes!
I fought the idea of surgery for years until I found out I was damaging my liver. I don't know why but that was the last straw! I had my procedure done at a Center of Excellence on May 24, 2013.
I'm so glad to be making this journey with all the other courageous people here on OH.
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin