It’s been 9 years!

10-3-2014 – My 9 year anniversary from my weight loss surgery

9-years

I live in South Carolina now. I have three children that all attend school all day long. I live in the same town as my parents. Man, oh, man has life changed a lot in the last year. But today, I stop to celebrate 9 years since my weight loss surgery. More so, I should say today I celebrate the day I made the most difficult decision of my life. But you know what? I completely was at peace with the decision then, and today, nine years later I’m still thankful and enjoying the new opportunity to live with less..Including less weight!  They surgery I had is called Gastric Bypass ( – RNY) and it was done laparoscopically. Losing 125+ lbs certainly is a life-changer!

Today I weigh 176 lbs, and although I am excited to work on losing 30 lbs, I am absolutely thankful that my hope is not in the size of my body, nor in the number of people that believe in me or are proud of my accomplishment. No, absolutely not. My hope and joy is in Jesus Christ alone and I am thankful for every single day that I have breath.

If you want to learn more about my journey, I welcome you to click here –my weight loss link for my entire weightloss journey.  I don’t share this each year for glory or to say, “Hey, look at me, I’m awesome.” But that stark reality is that I do it to publicly remind myself, as well as those that are new in my life that I am completely unashamed of all that I have experienced and I’m happy to share my story if it helps, encourages, or gives someone else hope on their weight loss journey.

10-3-2013

What a ride! Life has been great and it feels great to still have the majority of the weight off since my weight loss surgery back in October 2005 when I weighed in at 313 lbs.

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Since I had surgery (Gastric Bypass – RNY), I have had 2 additional children (totaling three) and I’ve moved several times. I’m not an advocate to say everyone that is morbidly obese needs to have surgery. But what I can say is that I used it as a tool to help me lose weight. It was a great momentum to continue on the weight loss journey to a healthier me. If you really like photos, be sure and read below. It’s my entire story in detail to include many many photos.

If you want to see more of what I’m up to, you can come check out the business I created and operate ElizabethtownFamily.com. If you live in Elizabethtown (or near Fort Knox) this is a wonderful resource!

10-3-2011

Today marks a very special day in my life.  It was on this very day six years ago that I had gastric bypass surgery.  I am so thankful that I did this as I feel it changed my life forever.  The new found energy that I had as I began to lose weight gave me a sense of ‘the real me’ that I always personally felt was there, despite the aches and pains I physically felt, along with the snickering, rude comments and unkind words I had heard my entire life.

It was a huge decision that I didn’t take lightly.  Having the support of my husband, family, and close friends made it all that much easier for me.  So, I always fondly think of this day, as a stepping stone in a healthier me!

To see my entire journey, please feel free to look at my weight loss link.  I’m an open book.  Today, I weigh 155.5 lbs, and although I still have about 9 lbs of baby weight from my third child I want to lose, I’m very content with where I am, and where I have come from.

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2 responses to “It’s been 9 years!

  1. Good Evening, I saw a reply you left on another website and I am hoping you can help me. I am 8 years post RNY and 6 weeks pregnant. I have 2 other children. While taking routine labs for the pregnancy the doctor discovered my hemoglobin was 7.7. I see a hematologist r/t a clotting disorder. They are recommending Venofer infusions starting this week then weekly x4 more weeks. I am so afraid and ready to say no! Did you have the iron infusions in the first trimester?

    • Hello Kim! Congratulations on your pregnancy! I did have the Venofer and to be honest I do not remember the exact timeline I was in my pregnancy. If memory serves me correct, I began them for certain in November (I had my son May 19th), which means that I may have been at the end of my first trimester. I had no problems with the Venofer at all and although it did make my labs go up, it seemed to be a very slow progression, which is why I had the Venofer several times through my pregnancy. The recommendation that I absolutely do have is that you get the Venofer in your hemotologist’s office. They would be equip to handle very fast any situation ( due to any type of allergic reaction, etc) that may not be as readily available in a traditional office. If I can be of any more help, let me know!! – Heather

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