I have been writing a lot of about my gastric bypass journey and how I had to do things before and after surgery. I wanted to post this with my lowest weight before I started gaining a little back with this pregnancy…I know once I start gaining I am not going to want to write about how proud I am of myself and I am 100% not going to want to see the picture of me in a Tankini since I am going to have a bump…! haha.
I have lost a total of 130lbs due to Gastric Bypass Surgery, and a lot of hard work. I do not liking giving my whole thanks to the surgery, because the surgery is just a tool….you can misuse the tool and gain weight and not use the tool correctly. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to use your tool correctly and get the results that you personally want. NEVER LET SOMEONE TELL YOU THIS SURGERY IS THE EASY WAY OUT. I have had a lot of people say things behind my back “if it wasn’t for the surgery she would still be fat.” Well hello captain obvious…yes I would be, but I put my life in a doctors hands to give me this tool to help me get healthy. I wish I was strong enough to lose weight the “easy” and “natural” way…but I admit, I couldn’t. I tried and fought with weight loss my whole life, it never worked. I did decide to rearrange my insides for life, change my whole life style in order to get control of my weight and be healthy for my family. Maybe from an uneducated person looking it, it looks like I dropped the weight easily, but they were not with me every step of the way, learning what I could and couldn’t eat, throwing up because I had just one bite too many, dumping because I forgot to look at the sugar/carb content…I can go on. There was a 3 month period that I was miserable. I was also at a stall for a little while because I was not getting enough protein into my body to actually lose weight. It is not easy. It is not easy learning how to eat again…it just isn’t.
When someone ever says to you something negative about you getting the surgery, never get mad. Try to educate the on why you made the choice (if you want to) or just say “maybe you should personally do some research on the subject then get back to me”. I always try to educate.
Also, you will get the people that say they are proud of you, but really are talking behind your back waiting for you to fail. (that post is coming later) I have learned soo much about myself, friends, and family after the surgery that I honestly didn’t think that I would learn. I learned who was really there for me, and who was there for me waiting for me to be a failure.
All in all…almost 2 years post op, I am down 130lbs….I went from 289lbs and right now I am 159lbs. It feels soo good to be healthy. According to the BMI Charts I am 9 lbs over weight. After this pregnancy I will get to my goal of 135lbs….that is my dream weight and I will do it.
I hope anyone considering this surgery will write me with questions…I will answer anything…even if you think it is dumb or private. I am open because this surgery has changed my life and I will never look back!