I always battled my weight whether I was fat or not.

I tried everything to lose weight.   I did weight watchers,  slim fast, starving and working out like a crazy woman.  Nothing ever stuck.  I would lose a very little or alot but I couldn’t keep up the pace I had set.  That would depress me so of course I ate.

One day I saw a picture of myself and finally saw all 300 pounds.  I went to the doctor’s and found out that I had various health issues.   I ignored it and said I was fine.  I stopped taking pictures so I didn’t have to see myself.  

Then God blessed me with a precious gift.   A beautiful baby girl.  I said I was going to be the best Mom I could.  After she turned 6 it was almost impossible to keep up with her.  I tried again on my own to lose weight,  but I still wasn’t serious.    

Off to another trip to the doctor’s and I found out I had a mild stroke that effected my sight. I decided to listen to my doctor and consider weight loss surgery.  I wanted to save my life for myself, my daughter and my family.

I started the process with anew drive.  I was going to put my all into this because I felt it was my wake up call.  I started watching reality tv about people trying to lose weight to help me stay motivated.   I found myself getting into old habits of working out and starving myself to lose weight.  Then I met Sara.  God gives you everything you need.  

Sara and I worked together and I learned healthy ways to lose weight and prepare for my surgery.  I was able to stay focused and not hurt myself in the process.  I learned about portion size and how important protein is to our diet.  With hard work I lost 35 lbs before surgery.   I know….you’re thinking why have the surgery.  For me I saw the surgery as a life saver.  I felt this was my path to take.  I needed help to get healthy.

I have surgery and that was the easy part. LOL. Before surgery I was 278.  A little over a week after surgery I was 235.   After coming home I learned the true meaning of portion control.  I thought to myself what the heck did I do.  I can’t eat anymore.  The pain after the surgery was a beast.  Now I have to learn how to eat all over again….yea right.  I was going to do what I wanted.  That didn’t work at ALL.  Once I realized that I needed to go back to the healthier habits that I had learned before surgery it got a little easier.  

I struggled a bit after surgery with dizziness. I did not realize  that the blood pressure medication I was taking was dropping my blood pressure too low because I had lost so much weight. Once I talked to my medical team about my symptoms I was taken off of my medication.

I also went on an emotional roller coaster.  Weight loss is not just about losing weight.  It is mind, body and spirit.   I can finally say it is working well together.   Every  day the unhealthy and the healthy battle inside me but the healthy girl is winning most days. 

One year and four months I am now 183 by my scale and I see the light at the end of the tunnel.   I pray my story helps some out there.  Take it one day at a time. I am thankful for my great family support. Without my family and medical team I could not have gone from a size 26 to a size 12.