BWLW Online Community Tracey E.’s before and after photos are very popular in our community.
“My inital lost of 100 pounds was changing my diet and exercising. I had to lose that weight the before they would consider surgery and then it took a little time for my insurance to apporive it and all the other technicalities I had to go through to get approval for the bariatric doctor to do the surgery. I had tried for years and went through the big weight lost only to gain it all back plus. I was frustrated and my mother was asking my general practitioner to please recommend me for something because she and my dad were worried that I would pass before either of them. I had not other issues except diabeties and the excessive weight but that would eventually lead to the other problems of high blood pressure and other complications that diabeities could cause. I had been diabetic for over 20 years. I was finally approved for weight loss surgery in October/November 2008 and had my surgery 4 days before Christmas.
I had gastric bypass surgery. It has almost been 4 years and the doctor told me that after 18 months I would continue to lose but not as rapid. At almost 2 years I decided I would crank up my exercise routine which was nothing more at the time them trying to walk more than normal. Parking my car a little farther in the lot. Walking to the other building to eat in the cafeteria instead of my desk. I moved up to water aerobics 3 times a week and now I have added a little weight lifting for toning and walking about an extra miles everyday. I still have issues with learning to walk correctly and I have pain in my knees if I walk too much but my muscles are getting stronger and that issue has almost been alleviated.
I have lost over 220 pounds total. I know I am not where I need to be and I am at a serious plateau right now, in fact I have gained a little back. I did get rid of all my medications and now I am taking lots of vitamins and I must eat a lot of protein so I still have a challenge because I must eat better and eat the right things. So weight loss surgery does not make it much easier. You can still gain your weight back with one slip or eating the wrong foods. I am finding thatout each time I reach a plateau. I just have an internal tool that help me control my weight. It still can be defeated and you have to have the right mindset to accomplish this.
Once I saw the result, I was determined that I would never go back. I have changed my whole attitude and I am reminded everyday that I have done a good job and I look so much better. I never thought I looked so bad until I saw I could lose the weight and I could look a lot better. I learned a lesson from just thee weight loss. We learn to live with where we are and then we just stop trying and live how we have become. May not make any sense but until you succedd in losing the weight and feel how different you are you will never understand where you been and how you can accomplish your goals. Never give up no matter what. As I have said my struggle was not to lose the weight but to maintain what I have accomplished and that will be a lifelong struggle. I did not gain the weight over night and I knew I would not lose the weight over night but the losing is not the issue. The keeping it off is my real goal!
Let me stop here since I could go on forever but I just want to emphasis that just becuse I had weight loss surgery doesn’t make my struggle any easier that anyone else losing weight. Since I am almost 55 and have been overweight my entire life, I did not want to let my weight issues take over my life anymore. I tried the weight loss from the very beginning but it was not working and as I got older it worked even less. So there is my stroy in a nutshell but it is not the end. Thanks for all your encouragement because also without it and from many others, I probably would not have gotten as far as I have today. Thanks for all you have done for ladies like us. You are such an inspiration. Keep up the good work!.”
Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Tracey!