Happy New Year. I know a lot of us try to make those new year's resolutions with the hopes of achieving them. Mine every year for the last 20 years has been weight loss. This is something I have struggled with for a long time.
I had a hysterectomy at age 35 and went into immediate menopause. Not good to start menopause at age 35! I also have thyroid disease that has my metabolism down to zero. So on top of not eating healthy and these health factors I have struggled with my weight for a long time.
I have tried every diet ever put out there. I alway start the year out with eating better and starting back to the gym only to lose momentum after a few months. Frustration of not losing anymore than 15 to 20 lbs at any one time with any diet and exercise, I was soooo frustrated.
Then this past year Terry and I decided to do something surgically for the weight loss.
I am going to share our stories with you but this by no means is the best solution for everyone. Everyone is different and has different issues and this should not be done lightly.
Here are some before pics of us.
|Last Year at Disney in May 2015|
|Hard for me to look at these pictures of us.|
Terry was weighing in at 300 lbs and I was at a whopping 268lbs. Yep this 5'3" body was carrying around a lot of extra baggage!!!!! Wow this is the first time I could actually write those numbers down for everyone to see.
We then decided to have a procedure called Gastric Sleeve. It is similar to Gastric bypass but not as radical. You do not lose your whole stomach with gastric sleeve like you do with gastric bypass. With still having your stomach just smaller you can absorb important nutrients and vitamins that need to be done in the stomach. So in a nut shell they go in laparoscopically and remove a major part of your stomach and leave you with a thin banana size stomach.
So we under went 3 months of preparation. Diet counseling, psychological counseling, saw our regular doctor on a monthly basis before being allowed this surgery procedure. They do prepare you physically and mentally for this surgery.
Terry had his surgery done October of last year and has lost 100 lbs and I had my surgery in May of last year and now have lost 68lbs and am still losing.