I have always been overweight, even from elementary school. I enjoyed sports and was active like other normal kids my age, but my weight was one thing that wasn’t normal. I was up to 170 and the weight kept climbing – to 240 pounds as a freshman, all the way to an eventual high point of 235 pounds – the last 60 to 80 of which I gained in just three years. By the time I was 27-years-old, I started to become immobile and passed some kind of threshold when my body was changing too quickly. I had no quality of life and no real hope that it would get any better.
My weight held me back from everything, and it was something I had to face no matter what I did, what I wore, where I went and so on. I couldn’t even stand for longer than 30 minutes. I had tried so many other times to lose weight, but when you’re morbidly obese, with hundreds of pounds to lose, dropping 20 or 30 pounds doesn’t make a difference. It gets very discouraging. I tried different diets on my own, with some success, but it just wasn’t enough.
I had the gastric bypass surgery 15 months ago in December of 2012. Dr. Alford did the surgery. I really liked him and he had a really kind energy to him—not so “doctor-ish.” He acted more like a really kind neighbor and so genuine. I arranged things specifically to have him do the surgery. And every time I go back, not only is he really sweet, but so are the people in his office. They make me feel special.
I’ve lost 135 pounds and it’s definitely worth it. Date night isn’t dinner anymore, but my husband and I realize that’s okay. It’s important to realize you can’t just live the way you used to. It doesn’t work that way. I started playing softball again and team sports. Today, at 27-years-old, I’m the same size or smaller than I was when I was 13 – smaller now than when I was in middle school. It’s a completely different world for me. The only limit is what I mentally put on myself.