For someone who has always struggled with their weight, losing the weight was my biggest struggle, not gaining it. But after years of working out and eating healthy, I still could not seem to get rid of the weight, no matter how hard I tried. It wasn’t until I discovered bariatric surgery that I was able to shed that extra weight and become a healthier person in mind and body as well as in spirit...
I had always known that something needed to change. I felt tired, I had difficulty concentrating and it was hard to get out of bed every morning. For a while, I tried exercising regularly and eating well, but that wasn’t enough. At my heaviest weight, I was over 350 pounds—I would later learn that was considered morbidly obese and at risk for health complications such as diabetes and heart disease. When most people think about having weight-loss surgery, they worry about food restrictions or not being able to eat their favorite foods again.
I had no idea that when I went into surgery, I was going to be changed forever. There was so much more involved in recovering than I could have ever imagined, but I found that working on rebuilding a healthy lifestyle became less about weight loss and more about making positive changes for myself and my family. There’s been no greater motivation than getting back out there with our kids and finding physical activities we can do together. The only thing worse than losing a loved one is gaining extra weight from something you cannot control. Losing weight is hard enough, but it’s even harder to accept your body changes and what seems like your limited options for improving things for yourself.
The one thing I can tell you, though, is to get your due diligence in order. When you’re dealing with a procedure that could kill you—or, at minimum, leave you bedridden for days or a few weeks—you need all of your ducks in a row. You need to research every option and be sure about each choice before you decide. I think that’s a good approach for any major decision. But, when it comes to weight loss surgery, getting prepared is even more important. Because once that decision is made, there's no turning back . . . only forward.