Welcome…..I’m glad you are here. The past six months have be a crazy time for me. Transition does not even begin to describe it. This blog is different from any other blog you will see. This is a three phased approach: Food, Exercise, and Emotional.
I want to share with everyone my experiences. My experiences can hopefully help someone, as the motivation and inspiration that I have received had helped me. I feel that I have received so much support that I want to pay that forward to others. I am still learning and have a long way to go. I have a 100 pounds to go…80 or so lost forever…and lets do it together…GAME FREAKIN ON!!!!
Let me tell you about myself. I was always the heavy kid and have always felt socially awkward. I grew up in a normal family setting, one younger brother and two amazing parents. I had a pretty good childhood growing up. Then college hit. Even though I was going to school in my hometown, I felt alone. I had a ton of friends but felt that no one understood me. Food was my comfort and it made me feel better. In 2 short years I gained 50 pounds. Once you have gained the weight its hard to lose and easier to gain more. Then I moved from my home state to Texas and then the real weight gain started. I was constantly eating out and not eating healthy. I had left all my friends behind and was starting a new adventure…but I was alone. The food was always there and became one of my best friends. I used it as a crutch. Having the extra weight has lead to some health problems.
Last year, I had my biggest health scare of my life and I knew that I had to do something or it was not going to get better. Through this process I was able to mitigate it without drastic measures. All I knew was that I wanted to live a long and healthy life.
The type of surgery that I had was gastric sleeve. There are a lot of options out there and everyone has to decide on what surgery is the best for them. Even your surgeon may not know what is best for you. You have to be smart and selfish when it comes to this decision. Out of the options out there…this was the best option for me and I am happy with my decision.
I know there are times that I will fall. But I will not allow myself to fail. I have a lot of self doubt…much more than most people. I still look to food for comfort and have to remember that it is not the answer. I still have fears and doubts and there are times that I feel completely alone. I have the most amazing family. My mom believes in her kids way more than she should and my dad is our biggest cheerleader. I have a brother who is a rock and pillar of strength on which upon I draw upon. I have the best support team of fitness instructors and family at Studio Vida! I have the best surgical team that anyone could ask for. Yes, this is a lot of pressure to succeed and there are a lot of eyes watching me, but I won’t give up…EVER!