On November 11, 2009 I had Lap Band Surgery. What a life changing day for me. Since that day I have lost 109 pounds and would do it again 50 times over. It gave me back my life and helped me break out of my shell and be the woman, wife and mother I was meant to be.
I have always been a “Big Girl” and all the life aspects that go along with that (not fitting into social groups, teasing, etc.). Therefore, in my lifetime, I have tried so many ways to lose weight: Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, etc. The list could go on and on; however, as I got older and had my babies my weight really started to get out of control.
My weight defined who I was. I was judged from the outside in instead of the inside out. My knees hurt; my feet would swell up by the end of the day due to all the extra weight – so much physical pain from being so obese. My level of denial was very high. I never consciously put the puzzle together that what I needed to do was lose weight and be active. I knew what the scale was saying but I just knew it was lying to me. I did not look my weight…so I thought.
Luckily, at the age of 38 and my highest weight of 284 pounds (BMI 45.8), I realized that I had a lifetime of heart issues, physical limitations and the fear of my kids and husband being ashamed by their obese mom/wife to look forward to. I decided to make a last-ditch effort by choosing gastric banding. The band has been a literal lifesaving choice for me.
My interest in Bariatrics began when I had Lap-Band surgery and wanted to help others to be just as successful. I believe very strongly in helping others achieve their weight loss goals, physical and mentally. I was very blessed to be given the opportunity to work with other bariatric patients as the bariatric coordinator at Atlantic General Hospital.
Thoughts to Live By:
Success is not a race, be patient.
Success leads to success.
Success is always a work in progress.
Success doesn't come to you--you go to it.
Success is a journey, not a destination. Focus on the process.
Some people dream about success... while others wake up and work hard at it.
Success is achieved and maintained by those who try – and keep trying.
Every day is a good day to SUCCEED!
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again