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WHY DID I START THIS JOURNEY?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I started this journey back in 2010. I was having health issues and becoming more and more depressed and frustrated with my weight. On a follow up visit with my doctor from a stay in the hospital from an asthma attack we were discussing my weight and the problems I was having. We had discussed my weight several times but he just said try to exercise more. This time I was depressed, crying and hating myself for being so out of control with things. He approached the subject of weight loss as I was as he worded it, morbidly obese. And he seem to think losing my weight would help improve my health. So he suggested I see a surgeon and check into weight loss surgery. Well I did have Gastric sleeve surgery (also known as gastrectomy) in November 2010. My initial visit with the doctor my weight was 299 pounds. Before my surgery I lost 40 pounds. I have lost 142 pounds since I started and here are the benefits losing the weight has made in my life compared to what it was before the weight loss. Here are just a few.

1. I am off of all the medication I was taking before i started this journey. Blood pressure is back to normal. No more signs of diabetes. The only health issue I still deal with is my Asthma but even that is 100% better than it was before. I very seldom need my emergency inhaler.

2. When this started I was wearing size 26-28 jeans and women top size 3X. Today I am wearing a size 14 jeans and depending on style medium top. 3 years ago I never thought
I would ever be this small again. All I can say is it feels amazing to go shopping and really
be able to look at clothes that I like and not pick out something just because it fits.

3. Today I can walk for a couple hours without a break, before I would walk 20-25 minutes and have to sit down and rest. I couldn't do stairs at all, I always took the elevator before. About a month ago my husband Bobby and I went to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky and did the New Entrance Tour is a 2 hour tour, 3/4 mile has Total Stairs: 500, including 280 on the initial staircase descent and Moderate difficulty and they tell you all this before you do the tour. 3 years ago I would never have attempted this but I did this tour with no issues. I felt
amazing afterward, I admit I was a little winded but I did it and that was all that mattered.

So what have I learned from my weight loss. That I am worthy of love and I deserve a good life. I always felt the reason I was so big is I didn't deserve to be any other way because I wouldn't try to be better. WELL I LEARNED I COULD DO IT. I learned I could do exercise and I enjoyed doing it. I learned how to say NO to those who want to make me feel like I need to eat that 2nd helping, or dessert. Today I am healthy, happy and content with my life. I still have about 25 pounds I would like to lose and I know I will get there but for now I feel better and can do the things I want without any problems. Something I couldn't have said before 2010. What keeps me motivated and going is the feeling I Can Do Anything. Something until I started this journey I didn't believe. BUT TODAY I KNOW THAT I CAN DO ANYTHING............... emoticon






I AM BLESSED, BEAUTIFUL, LOVED AND I BELIEVE IN MYSELF
AND KNOW THAT TODAY WILL BE WONDERFUL AND IN ALL THINGS I WILL SUCCEED.

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PAULAAUTUMN 7/20/2013 10:56AM

    emoticon you are a real inspiration emoticon You are emoticon thanks for posting this it makes me realise that I can do this.

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NANCYPAT1 7/19/2013 12:59AM

    Great blog and a truly inspirational story - thanks for sharing it with us.

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OUTDOORGIRL69 7/18/2013 8:59PM

    Great job and love the Positive Attitude you have. This is a awesome blog.

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HAWTGRANNY2014 7/18/2013 8:47PM

    awesome. That is a lot of difference. Looks like 2 different people. Great blog. thanks for sharing it with us.

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NEWVINE 7/18/2013 6:47PM

   
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DETERMINEDJANET 7/18/2013 6:12PM

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MARYANNB25 7/18/2013 6:11PM

    Thank you ladies. I am just happy that I have came this far. And believe me if I can do it ANYONE CAN. We sometimes forget how strong we really are and I used to have to remind myself of this daily. But like my mantra says and I BELIEVE THIS.

I AM BLESSED, BEAUTIFUL, LOVED AND I BELIEVE IN MYSELF
AND KNOW THAT TODAY WILL BE WONDERFUL AND IN ALL THINGS I WILL SUCCEED.

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PEGTIGER 7/18/2013 5:32PM

    Great blog. Thanks so much for sharing your story. For those of us that haven't lost yet, we need to keep reminding ourselves others have done it and so can we!

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LETHA_ 7/18/2013 5:28PM

    Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing the story of your success.
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MSLZZY 7/18/2013 4:42PM

    What an inspiration! YOU ROCK!

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