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.