Day 30 – Thankful for Weight Loss Surgery
I guess you could say this is my official announcement on the blog, but I’ve decided to have weight loss surgery and it’s scheduled for December 30 in Dallas. It’s been a tough decision and I hope to not get a lot of negative feedback, but today I’m thankful for the resources and the decision to have weight loss surgery.
This is Howard and me in June 2015 before our weight loss surgery.
I’ve mentioned briefly in some of my posts that Howard had weight loss surgery, specifically Gastric Sleeve surgery, on August 17, 2015. As of today, he has lost 122 lbs and is feeling so much better. He still has a few heart issues and can’t go back to work yet because of his defibrillator being put in, but he almost feels like a new person these days.
I didn’t know how I felt about the surgery at first, but I knew that he needed it in order to lose the weight and start to get better. He was having so many health issues and was approaching 500 lbs so it needed to be done. Now that he’s had such a successful surgery and is doing so much better, I’ve decided that it’s my turn!
On December 30, I am going to head to Dallas and have the Gastric Sleeve surgery for myself. It’s not an easy decision, and I hope I don’t get a lot of negative feedback, but I know this is something I need to do for myself. I’ve tried diets. I’ve tried lifestyle changes. I’ve tried eating the right things and exercising. I’ve lost weight and gained it back. I have come to the conclusion that this is what I need to make the changes in my life that will get my health back.
As of today, I weight 350 lbs (at 5’6″ tall) and I’m super morbidly obese. I know this surgery is not a “fix”, but it is a tool that will force me to make better choices about what I put in my body. I will only be able to eat about a quarter cup of food at one time so I’ll need to make the right choices with that quarter cup. I’m making some big sacrifices for this surgery so I know I’ll make this successful.
I can’t wait to keep you all updated on my progress!
I know there are people out there who will disagree with my decision and I know that some of my friends are even completely against it altogether, but I hope that they will respect my decision to handle my body in my own way and trust that I have thought about and tried other options that are less intrusive.
At this point, I can’t think about all the negative anymore and I can only look forward to the surgery and my new life. I see the positive changes in Howard every single day and I know that I can do this. I’m excited to get things going and start the rest of my life!
So, today I’m thankful for weight loss surgery and for the potential for some positive changes in my life and my family’s lives.
I want to thank all of you who followed this #CrazyThankful series throughout the month of November. It was probably the most difficult and most rewarding series I have ever written on this blog. It’s no easy feat to write a post a day about being thankful (and getting pneumonia right in the middle of it wasn’t fun, either), but I feel good about all of the posts and I feel better about life in general. If you missed a post, just check back to my Thankful posts round-up to catch up. Thank you for sticking around with me and I hope you enjoyed it!