As a teen my weight bothered me. In my eyes I was overweight. Looking back it was a distorted perception, I was no bigger than other teenage girls. I was pretty normal being 5’6″ and about 125. After my first son the weight came off fairly easy with a good diet plan, but over the years my weight crept up slowly. Exercise and Weight Watchers became a part of my life, but I would lose 20 or so pounds and then get bored. Eventually gaining it back. My “normal” weight became anywhere from 140-160, which I was NOT comfortable. After the birth of my fourth son, and reconciliation of my marriage my weight hit an all time high at 255. Women especially do not like to talk about weight, or even speak of the number on the scale but I am going to speak out.
At 35 years old I hit a low, or a high as in weight. I knew that if I did not do something to lose the weight, that in 10 years I would be another 100 pounds overweight. Thankfully I did not have any health issues…yet. But it would not be long before they developed if I continued on this path. In 2002 I decided to look into Gastric Bypass surgery. Yes, it was drastic. But I felt it was my only hope at finally losing the weight and keeping it off and being there for my kids and husband. I prayed about it and asked God that if it was His will, all the necessary doors would be opened. My doctor’s appointment was in June 2002 and approval came in record time for surgery mid-August of that year.
Here it is 11 years later and I have kept it off. I still tell people I cheated when they ask how I did it. My usual weight now is 125-130. People do not believe me when I tell them, and then I show them my photos. I keep them as a reminder. My mother-in-law recently sent me a photo she found of me in 2001, it is horrible. But I am also very thankful. I am healthy, and very blessed.
I tell you this as an encouragement if you are facing difficult battles whether it is weight or another issue. Many have said that they know someone who has had the same surgery and they have gained their weight back (countless times I have heard this) and how do I keep it off? I tell them that you have to make changes, and keep the changes. Yes, I still eat chocolate and I still usually put too much food on my plate. It is a daily battle and I am thankful for it.
Now, if I can just have the plastic surgery to put things back where God originally had them. Until then I am very thankful for great padded bras and Spanx! 🙂