Red is for Springtime – awhhhhhhh – by far my favorite season! On the way to work today, I was thinking about a favorite childhood memory. I was about ten or eleven years old; it was springtime. I came home from school and my mother had all the windows open in the house. There was an unforgettable aroma that I can almost smell as I write. It was the fragrance of new life – freedom – the ability to just breathe. Today coming to work, I realized that is how I feel, one year and six months post gastric bypass surgery - shedding one hundred and three pounds and counting.
A quick update on what has been going on with me these last few months. I have returned to the gym. I am still struggling with getting into a consistent routine but I took that first step of going back. I am still amazed at how difficult it is sometimes to just do the right thing; however, once the right action is taken, I always feel better. That first step is just a struggle sometimes – what a phenomenon that is. Anyway, a quick funny story about the gym, so I am leaving the gym the other day, in my shorts (wearing gym shorts out in public is HUGE) and I realized I needed to run by Wal-Mart to pick up a few things. The fact that I wore gym shorts in Wal-Mart without the fear of showing up on the “The Faces of Wal-Mart” website was priceless!
I still have a distorted concept as to the size clothes I can wear. While trying on new dresses for Easter, I started out with dresses two sizes too large. In the end, it was a dress a friend gave me that was a size eight (that I didn’t think I could wear) that I wore to church. So I would say it is safe to say, I am still having some body image distortion. This is one of the challenges I was warned about when I went to the seminars and classes offered at Nash Surgical Weight Loss before my surgery.
Two years ago this month, six months after my friend Jackie had surgery and I watched her transformation with awe, I started highly considering surgery for myself. The first step I took was to call Nash Surgical Weight Loss and find out what I needed to do to see if I met the criteria for surgery. I was advised to attend a half day seminar at the surgical pavilion at Nash General Hospital. During this seminar, I would be weighed and medically screened for surgery qualification. I was given a manual that covered every step of the process before and after surgery. The different types of surgeries and the complications of each were discussed. It was during this seminar I made up my mind to have the gastric by-pass instead of the lap band based on my history with dieting. This decision would later be confirmed with other people’s experience. Today, I still refer to that manual when I have a question about what I can or cannot do.
I will be forever grateful to Nash Surgical Weight Loss and God for giving me a new life filled with freedom and the ability to just breathe.
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