I was very active in high school so my weight was never a big deal. After I graduated, I never gave much thought to how to take care of myself. I worked 12 hours a day at the time. Junk food was accessible all times of the day where I worked. I was hanging out with my friends late at night, going to the diner and eating at midnight. I just kept getting bigger and bigger. I didn’t have a care in the world.

Then my daughter was born, and I remember sitting on the floor playing with her and not being able to get up. Walking up and down stairs took my breath away. I had aches and pains that I knew was not normal for a 31-year-old. I wondered what happened to that 17-year-old kid who could do anything physically. I worried about my future with my wife and daughter and what would happen to them if something happened to me. I knew I had to do something.

Since having the LAP-BAND done in 2010, I’ve lost 120 pounds and found my life again. I’ve gotten back on the ball field and learned to play golf. I don’t need seatbelt extenders anymore. And I’ve discovered that people are treating me differently. You don’t realize how disrespectful people treat obese people. But now I get to have a life that I never knew existed. I get to live life happily ever after!

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    By: New Jersey Bariatric Center Staff

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