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