When I had weight loss surgery 4 months ago, it was born out of a need to be healthy all over. When I was approached about the possibility of weight loss surgery, my weight wasn’t even on the list of all that was wrong with me. I’d been overweight for most of my adult life, but given what I had been through since October 2013, we hadn’t considered the weight. I had gained throughout my illness, mostly due to one really bad drug, but weight loss surgery? Yah. No.
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Please note: I am sharing images that may make some folks feel uncomfortable. You should know, I know. But this is my life, my total health and wellness path; it doesn’t make any sense not to show all of it. Though, I did not include the nakeds. You are welcome. 🙂
Before getting sick with 24/7 head pain (and all that came after), I was relatively healthy. No diabetes, no high blood pressure, cholesterol was good…though being overweight isn’t really healthy, I wasn’t completely unhealthy, either. Before 2013, I led a fairly active lifestyle and even though I didn’t always watch what I ate, I was not what I became over these last 2.5 years.
And then that fateful day in October 2013 that began a rapid fall down the rabbit hole; I was told in 2015 that losing weight, going so far as to have weight loss surgery, may help all the other health issues going on in me. I wasn’t opposed to it at that time. Besides one random weight loss surgery meeting back in 2011 (I think), I hadn’t considered that my metabolism (or lack of a functioning…) could play such a major role in getting me back to healthy.
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But it was pretty obvious by the Summer 2015 that all the doctors and all the specialists couldn’t figure out what was ailing me (you try living with 24/7 head pain and…well…) and that’s when I met with a certain head pain specialist in Boston, who changed my life forever.
She got the ball rolling, anyway.
I began the Weight and Wellness Program in October 2015 and over the course of the next 7 months, prepared for majorly invasive weight loss surgery. Still not knowing if it would fix me, but as I learned more and more about all of it, very optimistic that it would give my metabolism the reboot it so desperately needed and put me on the right track, not just with weight loss, but everything else happening inside me.
It has been a whirlwind of activity since my surgery in early May. 4 months from weight loss surgery has flown by and I am so excited for the physical changes in me, but more importantly for the whole body wellness that is emerging.
Let’s see some stats!
May 11, 2016
- SW: 302.6
- Total inches: 301.5
September 10, 2016
- CW: 227.8
- Total inches: 234.25
Total loss since surgery?
- 74.8 lbs. GONE FOREVER.
- 67.25 inches GONE FOREVER.
Total pounds down since beginning the Weight and Wellness Program: 94.2 lbs. As you can see, even though I had a goal to lose before weight loss surgery, I didn’t lose but 20 lbs. from October to May. They knew then how truly fried my metabolism was.
And don’t get me wrong. I take full responsibility for massively wrecking my body for most of my adult life. Had I not gotten sick, I would have (most likely) continued on the path of losing 5 gaining 15 and on and on…
And the mind f%&k that is trying to lose weight for an overweight person who bares the scars of psychological warfare (against myself, mostly)? Yah. No.
My whole brain had to be retrained in order for all this to work. I’ve seen countless others who ultimately fail at this because they didn’t have the psychological support we so desperately need to be successful with weight loss surgery. It truly is: mind, body, and spirit – total health. And this is on a moment to moment basis, too.
Celebrating milestones, non-scale victories, hopping on the scale to see the shrinking.
It is all mixed up in one big pot that makes up what is my life, now.
And while I still have doubtful moments, for the most part, I am well on my way to being my healthiest – in all my adult life. I have embraced what constitutes better living and intend to keep on keepin’ on. And yes, I still have head pain (we aren’t out of the woods on that, yet), but so many of the other health issues are better or gone as a result of my weight loss surgery just 4 short months ago. I am more active, aware of what is fueling my body, continuing to work on the head, and in general, enjoying a much happier, healthier life.
4 months in and this is my life. I am blessed.
For your health and mine,
Big THANK YOU to so many for your continued and unwavering support. I am finally not doing this for anyone or thing but me; however, your kindness, understanding, and overwhelming support is insanely AWEsome! ♥
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