For a few months, friends have suggested I start a blog. Now that I have had time to think about my platform and stance, I am now taking the first step in writing my first blog post. So without further ado, here I go…
For years I have grappled with the idea of getting bariatric surgery also known as “weight loss” surgery (WLS). I always decided against it because I did not want people to think that I was “taking the easy way out” or that I did not find myself beautiful.
After much thought, time, research and consultation, I decided to go through with bariatric surgery on July 17, 2015. I went in with the premise that the surgery would support me in my efforts to live a healthier lifestyle….a lifestyle that focuses on health, not on size.
There are a few common misconceptions surrounding WLS, including:
- The idea that you can eat whatever you want and lose weight
- Only people who are insecure about their body get WLS
Both of these perceptions are far from the truth. Weight loss surgery is a lifetime commitment and requires that you eat right and exercise regularly. It is not the answer to weight loss but instead, it is a tool to guide you in your efforts to live a healthier lifestyle.
So why did I decide to make my story public, you ask? I realized my fears were holding me back and were just reinforcing the stigma already surrounding the surgery. I refuse to be a part of the problem but instead, I want to be a part of the solution. I want to educate people around the realities of getting the surgery and I want to serve as a resource to those who might be considering it. In addition to this, I want my focus to be on health and not size because I find beauty beyond size.
So, a week before my surgery, after much hesitation I posted this on Facebook:
It has been almost five months since my surgery and making my story public through social media and now through this blog has been a big step for me. Not only has going public sparked much conversation but going public has also provided me with something completely unexpected. I now have a community that provides me ideas, helps hold me accountable to my actions and supports me in my efforts to be healthier.
With that said, I hope you enjoy reading about my journey. Feel free to ask questions or spark a dialogue. And remember, it’s about being healthy not skinny.