There’s a whole lot of people out there that struggle with weight loss.
I’ve struggled with being overweight my whole life.
We have become a nation of fatties
According to this report, here in the US 40% of adults are obese. 40 freakin percent!! Along with obesity comes disease and a plethora of weight related health issues.
I know first hand how being overweight can rule over every aspect of your life.
Six years ago I decided to get serious about my health. I’ve had diabetes for about 20 years and was on copious amounts of medications to control my blood sugar including hundreds of units of insulin per day and several pills. Plus my cholesterol and blood pressure were starting to get out of hand as well.
I was in a lot of pain all the time. I had a hard time just walking around the house and climbing stairs was the worst! My aches and pains were so bad that I hardly slept unless I was so doped up that I was knocked out.
I was truly unhealthy at 55 with little to look forward to in my future.
I was a mess.
All because I was fat. Morbidly obese. 150 pounds over weight.
So, I decided to do something about it. That began my healthy living journey.
I got serious, and over the next year lost 58 pounds, started working out and weening myself off of pharmaceuticals for more natural holistic supplements that helped with most of my health issues. Of course losing the weight was a tremendous help in feeling better.
I changed my lifestyle. I started eating clean, very little processed foods, low carb, no sugar or artificial sweeteners, no wheat (discovered it makes me feel like crap), white rice or potatoes and I eat almost no starchy veggies.
I worked towards making our home toxin free by replacing household cleaners and personal care products with more natural options.
I felt a lot better and most of my inflammation went away, not to mention IBS with diarrhea (oops, guess I just mentioned it). My A1C went from a 10 down to 6.3. If you don’t know what that means, I was a bad diabetic and my numbers came down to almost borderline diabetic. Under 6 and you are no longer considered a diabetic.
I continued eating healthy and felt better, but the weight didn’t continue to come off.
My weight loss stalled at that 58 pound loss for several years. No matter what I ate or how much I dieted… nothing. As a matter of fact I plateaued hard, then the pounds started creeping back on and my lab results reflected it. I would gain and loose the same 5-7 pounds over and over. Eventually one pound at a time I would gain more than I lost. Gain 3 lose 2, gain 5 lose 4…until I had put 20 of those lost 58 pounds back on.
So, as a woman of a certain age, I’d become concerned about longevity. I’m not done living!
With diabetes and being morbidly obese, how long could I expect to live? Or how long before something serious would crop up to rob me of my health? Another 5-10 years maybe? I watched my mom’s feet rot off from diabetes and lack of circulation in her legs and feet. Literally rotting off! She died a slow agonizing death from this. I decided once and for all that I AM NOT going out that way. I’m going to fight the good fight to live a long healthy and mobile life. It was time for for drastic measures!
It was time for me to talk to my doctor about weight loss surgery.
When I told her I would like to have the Vertical Gastric sleeve surgery she was over the moon happy for me! She’s celebrated my successes with me over the past many years and she’s seen how hard I’ve tried.
My Doctor was totally on board with weight loss surgery for me.
My Bariatric surgeon tells me that hormones like insulin due to Diabetes are the issue, that “it’s not my fault.” Well, I do have to take credit for gaining much of this weight, Insulin didn’t make me gain it all. But I will let hormones take the fall for not losing it no matter how hard I’ve tried.
Three weeks ago I had Gastric Vertical Sleeve weight loss surgery. I spent months researching and learning about how it works, possible complications and how it would change my life from a health standpoint. This was not a decision that I took lightly. This surgery was a huge deal. But I felt like it was my only chance at a better, healthy and long life.
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I am going to be sharing my journey here on my blog and on my Facebook page My Happy Place
Hope you will support me and give me love on this journey.
Ask me questions along the way, I’m happy to share my experience with you.
We’ll talk soon!
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