On July 17, 2015 I underwent a vertical sleeve gastrectomy (aka weight loss surgery). I am excited to announce that I have officially made it to my one year post operation day.
July 17 changed my life more than I knew it would at the time. I went in with the premise that if all of my health concerns went away I would be happy. One year later, not only are my health concerns gone, but I have actually reached a weight my doctors consider healthy. Additionally, because I have no more health concerns, I now have the ability to focus on shaping my body the way I want it to look. This is crazy to me!!!! I am proud of the progress I have made to change my life around. The surgery was not the solution for me but it was a tool and resource that guided me along the way.
So want to see some of my highlights? The area that I am most proud of is my back. I have always wanted to wear an open back dress but was always too afraid. I secretly love watching stars walk down the red carpet with backless dresses while they pose for a picture with their head to the side, showing off the back of the dress. They slayyyyyyyyy so much!!!! While I still have not taken that leap yet because I am nervous, I know my time is coming. I too soon will wear an open-back shirt or dress. I just need to get over my nerves.
While my highlights are amazing, I wanted to take a minute to thank the one person that has been at my side EVERY step and minute of the way: my boyfriend Chris. My friends and family have been very supportive as well but Chris’ support is on a different level. Going into the surgery, I was warned that your relationship with your spouse is the most at stake for challenges and changes. Why is this? Well, I was/am completely changing and evolving psychically and mentally into a different person. While Chris loves me, if you think about it, he is, in a way, “losing” some version of me. Chris had to adjust and evolve with me all-while being the anchor of the relationship when I felt insecure or unsure of what I was doing. From sleeping on the hospital couch for three days to constantly reassuring me how I looked still attracted him, he has been an amazing support. I feel stronger, healthier and encouraged to continuously stay on track in-part due to him. Heck, the man agreed to reenact our waterfall picture a year later just so I could say he kissed me like in the movies. Now that is some cheesy love.
I now have moved into phase 2 of my lifestyle change: maintenance. I hear this is the hardest part but I am up for the challenge. It all starts with me training for my first half marathon and raising money for my skin removal surgery. Wish me luck!
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