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Wow! What a difference a year makes! I started my journey weighing 264 lbs and wearing a size 18.
I certainly tried losing weight by going to the gym every once in a while, but I couldn't jog or ride a bike very comfortably, and working out was just plain tiring! I also tried "watching" what I ate, but I just couldn't seem to lose any weight. I didn't see myself as being obese — just "a little overweight and out of shape".
I was actually quite happy, and never really had a problem with my self-confidence or self-esteem, but I finally realized that I was walking a tightrope. Although I felt pretty good and didn't have any major health problems, I realized that there were just too many health problems looming around the corner if I continued down the path I was traveling on. Bottom line, I made the decision to pursue bariatric surgery because I wanted to be around for a long time for my husband, my kids and future grandkids, and most importantly for myself.
I must admit that it wasn't effortless. I knew that I only had about a year to really take advantage of the surgery, and that I had to completely change my exercise and eating habits.
I had to learn to change my cravings and adjust my portion sizes. I also started going to the gym nearly every day. At first it was very challenging, but gradually my energy went up, and the weight started shedding off and then muscle started piling on.
I am now a size 6 and have lost a whopping 111 lbs!
I actually enjoy working out now, and not only have I achieved most of my fitness goals, I'm actually getting to be pretty buff. I just passed an official Air Force fitness test, will participate in my first ever 5K run soon. I'm also planning on hiking to the top of Mt. Fuji with my family this summer. Wow! What a difference a year makes!
Thank you Dr. Peterson!