Well, its been just a little over 5 months since i took back control of my life. What a 5 months it has been! While i am yet nowhere near a healthy weight yet, it is amazing how much of a marginalized life i was living. I found that for years, i kinda trimmed the edges off of life, and missed so much! I am able to do so much more now, and cannot wait to see what happens when i have my hands wrapped around this whole health thing. I CANNOT WAIT for this spring. Opening day, i will be at Kings Dominion Theme park. I LOVE ROLLER COASTERS, and i have not been able to fit on one since 2003.
Speaking about not being able to fit.... here is a great story about small life changes... this past summer, Sarah and I went to Nashville for vacation. On the way home, while waiting at the gate, a very loud, flamboyant Southwest Ailines employee come up and very publicly asked me if i was aware of Southwest's Policy of "Travelers of Size", because he "guarentees 100% that you cannot fit in a seat". After resisting my urges of helping this guy "meet Jesus" I tried to explain to him that i was on my return flight, and i got there with no issue at all.... well he insisted that i be booked another seat... and guess what... this flight didnt have another seat, so i got bumped... when it was all said and done, there was still no empty seat next to me on the later flight... All that being said.... it was nice to have to tighten my seatbelt when we went home for Christmas... not to mention not having to ask the attendant for an extention... The little victories.
We were on the road a week for Christmas. As soon as we got back, i flew out the next day to Florida for a conference. i was on the road a total of 11 days... Eating out after surgery is never the same. After almost 3 meals a day for 11 days, i got sick more in those 11 days than i had the entire previous 4 months. Im glad to be home.
I had to buy some new jeans.... here is the tag next to the last pair of pants that i bought last summer.
It amazes me the stigma that weight loss surgery carries. I have people tell me that i will regret having the surgery because their sisters uncles wifes 3rd cousin had it, and never lost anything other than their hair....
Weight loss surgery is not magical. You have to work hard, and do what you are supposed to.... I will be the first to say that it is hard! and i regularly fail... But it is up to me to correct mistakes, and keep doing what i am supposed to....
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