It was the most physically taxing thing I’ve ever done, but I hobbled through the last 2 miles and sprinted across the finish line to get my awesome finisher medal.I was very into tracking my fitness during the year with my Fitbit One Activity Tracker (add me on my Fitbit profile).It was such a happy trip, and I would not have been able to enjoy it so much had I not lost the weight from gastric bypass.
Most of the information I found about weight loss surgery was either a pamphlet at a doctor’s office or a website not detailed to give the whole story about bariatric surgery.I think there’s a real need in the marketplace for candid books about details about life before, during, and after weight loss surgery, and this book fits the bill nicely.I realized that I had achieved improved health and activity, but my mental health was still lacking.As a sufferer of depression and anxiety since my teen years, I’ve tried plenty of medications and met with quite a few mental health professionals.I was insecure about my weight loss success story because I was still technically obese.
While specific numerical weight goals were in my head, my real personal goals were physical health (reduction of comorbid conditions like sleep apnea and hypertension), mental health, and ability of participate in physical activities without my weight/size limiting me.
I was motivated to not only be a success for myself, but to inspire other people to do hard things. At the beginning, I wanted desperately to be able to glide into Onederland and be under 200 pounds. I hovered between 245 and 255 for the next year, struggling with reactive hypoglycemia, mono, peritonsillar abscesses and some deep mental health struggles.
In October 2013, I had a tonsillectomy which resolved the recurring infections and mono.
The pills and visits seemed to help me situationally, but I still would get into phases where my coping skills were poor.
And whereas food was a frequent coping mechanism prior to surgery, I had lost my ability to medicate with food to a degree.
I got many concerned messages from readers, and I wasn’t exactly sure what to say.