After visiting an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) Doctor for what I thought was strep throat, he told me that he hadn’t seen me in 7 years – and 70 lbs ago… wow! That hit me in the face like a ton of bricks! Ouch! I had reached an all time low. What had I done to myself? I’ve let myself balloon (literally!) to nearly 300 pounds. For a 5’2″ frame, this was just unacceptable. I have to investigate the gastric bypass or sleeve surgery… like now!
So I asked the Dr. about these surgeries, what he thinks, and how do I get started? He suggested to see a specialist about them, however he does know that I would need to go through a sleep study to ensure that I don’t have sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea? You mean where you stop breathing in the middle of the night? Surely I couldn’t have that! Or do I? My dad has it and sleeps with a CPAP machine to help with his breathing at night. He’s also overweight, diabetic and… wait a minute! No offense dad, but I don’t want to turn into my father and have these kind of issues! I need to get out of my own way! I need to make some serious changes! Now!
I walked out of the doctor’s office that day depressed about my weight, but also a bit motivated to make a change. Not sure what change that was going to be. I was so hungry just thinking about this! And I took my lunch break to see the doctor. So what was next? McDonald’s! Something fast, I have to get back to work!
The next chance I had to investigate the surgeries I did. I read all I could about the surgeries, watched videos and even an information session that evening. I downloaded the paperwork to start this process and called the next day for an appointment – but it wouldn’t be for another week or so. Meanwhile I checked with my insurance to see if it would cover this. Nope! Flat out on my summary page it did not cover weight loss surgeries. Ugh! What am I supposed to do now? Pay for it out of pocket? How much would this cost? Is this something I can put on my credit card? Or do I have to finance it like a car? Doing it the old fashioned way with diet & exercise could work, but I’ve tried that before – like 100 times! It works, then I go off of it, and put back on the weight. I’ve bounced up and down my whole life like a yo-yo! More often than not bouncing back up and gaining more!
I was never really thin – always a bit on the hefty side. In high school more on the athletic side – kind of! I was a lifeguard in High School, one of the heavier ones, but still managed to keep in shape enough to pass swimming tests and keep up with my peers. These days I don’t even wear a swimsuit! Oh wait – I did wear one on a cruise that my family & I took about a year ago. I had to go out and buy a new swimsuit! How embarrassing since none of my old ones fit!?!?. Thank goodness nobody knew me on the boat, except my family!
The next day I noticed on my Facebook an add for a 20 pound weight loss challenge in 6 weeks- free! Hmmm… I had to check this out. I had a few emails back and forth with this company and signed up to come to one of their information sessions the following Saturday. Could this be the change that I need? Could this be the tipping point to turn my life around? It very well could be! Could this be the kick start that will get me on the path to loosing 100 pounds?