Me and My MGB | January

I want to share my story with everyone and anyone who has ever had a struggle with their weight.

Is it a lifelong struggle or one that developed later in life, I have experienced the prejudice that comes with being bigger than what “society” deems acceptable and the lack of self-esteem that goes along with it. Notice a bit of tension when I say society? You’re not wrong. It’s been years of being looked at as less than because of my weight. You are judged by a glance, never given a chance because the only thing people see is your appearance.

My journey has taken me so many places. If I named them all, I’m sure most of you would be nodding your head in agreement saying, me too! My final destination in my weight loss journey is the Mini-Gastric Bypass (MGB). I’ll get to that.

First, let’s talk about how I got here. Everyone always asks me when my “aha” moment was. You know that significant moment that motivates you to push forward in making a change. That moment when an idea lights up and you think to yourself, why haven’t you explored this idea before. My “aha” moment in having weight loss surgery happened during a party. There were professional photographers capturing moments throughout the evening and well, he captured one of the worst days of my life. It was in these photos that I realized, I was obese. I didn’t recognize myself. I was in complete disbelief. That was the day I knew something needed to change.

Aside from the multiple diets, naturopaths, gimmicks, and my favorite, starvation, the only thing that has truly helped me was the weight-loss surgery. I had the Lap-Band in 2007 and it was the greatest gift ever! Thanks to SmartShape and the amazing team of nurses and dietitians, I lost 80lbs and never felt better. The Lap-Band helped me throughout my struggles, but I reached a point where I knew I needed something more. Now don’t get me wrong, not everyone who has had the Lap-Band, experience the same journey as I have. After all, everyone is different right. Some people are completely satisfied with the Lap-Band. For me, as I said, I wanted more. I thought long and hard about some other options. It’s never an easy decision when choosing to have weight-loss surgery. You either have your family and friends cheering you on, or they try to talk you out of it. I had a bit of both but knew that this would be the right decision for me. I wanted more in life. I knew I deserved better. Once the decision was made, I was excited to start this new part of my journey.

Read more about Teresa’s weight loss journey in next month’s newsletter issue. “Me and My MGB” is an exclusive 12 part diary series of how a woman living with obesity changed her life when she made the decision to put herself first.

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