My Gastric Sleeve Journey

My Gastric Sleeve Journey

My Gastric Sleeve Journey

on January 4, 2015

I was really at a loss as how to start this blog. I wanted to chronicle my journey and really only meant it for me, but there is something final about committing it to a public forum. Readers will keep me on track – honest.  I hope!

My history is such that I have not really had any conviction when it came to my weight goals. Not since I was a teen anyway. I have SO many excuses, but they all boil down to one thing – I would always start out strong, but after a few months, my desire to be healthy was outweighed by my desire to be with friends, drinking beer and eating donairs, pizza or whatever.  Unfortunately, all of this terrible abuse to my body has taken a toll. I have growths in my stomach and my health is generally not awesome.

About a year ago, I made a decision to stop the cycle. Due to my health (and a waiting list), I was invited to join a forum for gastric sleeve surgery. My friend Amanda came with me and there we met the nutritionist, nurse, psychologist, and surgeon. We learned a lot about the surgery.  It’s simple. The surgeon will laproscopically cut off 80-85% of my stomach, staple the edges of what is left together and remove the rest through my belly button. Easy peasy right? And from that moment on, my life changes forever.

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I also had a chance to observe my fellow surgery candidates.  Listen to them. I could fully understand why we were all fat. So much whining about what was needed. Why bother coming to the forum if there was no intention of following through? This may sound weird, but it angered me and bolstered my determination to succeed.

I followed the diet and lost weight. I exercised. I found the summer much more bearable. Old clothes fit better. Newer clothes did not fit at all. I was happy. But old habits tried very hard to step in. I still was eating donairs and pizza and drinking with my pals. So the weight loss slowed. But it was there. And if I could lose that weight, then I could continue to lose it, with some help.

I look forward to the day when I am not always sick to my stomach. I look forward to the day I am healthy. I look forward to the day when I am back to my fighting weight. I look forward to sleeping well. I look forward to being driven again by desire and not food.

I look forward to a time when I can be 100% the person I was meant and want to be. Thanks for joining me on my journey!

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