I have been overweight as long as I could remember. As a child, the more I was told “no” to certain foods, the more I wanted them. As I got older, I would hit periods of “I don’t care what I look like,” and there were other times that I would hate the way I looked and go back to dieting. I hovered at the same weight until 2008 when I met my now-husband. We would go out to eat and drink with every meal. I gained more weight. Then I broke my foot and had to have surgery. That’s when I ballooned up to my high of 326 pounds.
The tipping point was when I went to pick out my wedding dress. I found the perfect dress. When I put it on, I didn’t feel like a “fat girl.” It hugged me in all the right places and covered up all the right places. When I placed my order, the woman told me I was “too big for the largest size.” I was mortified. She said I needed to lose a few pounds or purchase extra fabric to make sure it fit. I refused to buy extra material and I refused to leave without buying that dress. That night I came home and talked to my fiancé about surgery. The next day, I called NJBC to make my first appointment.
Since surgery, life has changed in so many ways. We got a puppy so we can go out walking after dinner. We cook more at home and eat out less. I enjoy shopping and watching the sizes go down. The biggest change is that I became pregnant 4 months post-op! The doctors said your fertility improves after weight loss surgery, and in my case, it sure did. When I became pregnant, I was so worried that the doctors would be upset with me that I called the office crying. Dr. Glasnapp said while it was not ideal to become pregnant soon so after surgery, not to worry. She told me to stop crying and made me an appointment to come into the office to talk about how I would be monitored. She was so supportive the whole time.
Now that I have taken this journey, I feel more confident. I no longer feel like that “fat girl.” Now I am the person I always knew I could be!
*According to national studies, bariatric surgery results in an average weight loss of 55-80 percent of excess body weight. Excess weight is the amount of weight one needs to lose in order to have a “healthy” BMI of 25.