I was turning 42 and battled my weight my entire life. I decided it was time to do something about it after countless years of every diet imaginable; Weight Watchers, Atkins, Nutri System and many others I need to make major changes in my lifestyle. That is when I decided on bariatric surgery.
I went for a consult with Dr. Abkin and decided that VSG (sleeve) was the best option for me. Sept 29, 2014 my life was changed forever, the day of my surgery and it was the best decision I have ever made for myself! I eat 3 meals a day and snack twice a day on healthy choices. I eat mostly chicken and fish and lots of vegetables along with some whole grains like quinoa and bulgar wheat and just started making buck wheat as well, I also do eat fruit in moderation mainly berries and apples with an occasional banana in my protein shake along with some powdered peanut butter. I stay away from bread, pasta and rice. I eat 64 oz protein and drink 64 oz of water. I start my day with a protein shake I blend myself.
I just recently went gluten and dairy free and omitted sugar from my diet except for natural sugars that come from fruits and veggies. I work out 5-6 days a week lifting free weights and also do core training and I do run 2 miles after my workout. I no longer have back pain or knee pain and my self confidence has gone above and beyond what I would have ever possible. Mentally I’m in a good place and I attribute that to exercise. Whoever say this is easy has no clue what they are talking about. The easy part was taking the weight off the hardest part is keeping it off. The only way to make this surgery successful is healthy eating and EXERCISE.
If you don’t exercise then the surgery will not work for you! When I look in the mirror and try on clothes I no longer worry if I’m hiding parts of my body I don’t want anyone to judge or see. I now proudly put on my clothes like what I see and march out the door with my head held high saying to myself “damn girl, you look good”. Without hard work and cleaning eating I could have never transformed my body to where it is today and I would not be able to exercise the way I do. My biggest inspiration honestly is watching myself and my body transform over time. When I see the reflection looking back at me it makes me want to work harder and makes me want to be the healthiest I can be and of course feeling and looking good in your own skin is an added bonus.
I cannot stress enough how you need to pair clean eating and exercise along with your surgery for it to be long term success. I did. It work this hard to fall back to my old habits. If exercise was easy everyone would be doing it. It is a battle I choose to fight and win. My husband has been a huge support in all of this, because without his help and encouragement it would have made my journey that much harder to go though.