Friday, May 25, 2012

My Weight Loss Story

I know that I have mentioned a few things about my weight loss in random posts over the past couple of years, but yesterday was a landmark day for me in my journey. It was the 2 year anniversary of my gastric bypass surgery.

Before surgery.

A little over two years ago, I weighed the most I had ever weighed in my life: 251 lbs. I was miserable. I couldn’t keep up with my son (who had just turned 2 at the time), I couldn’t walk far without being short of breath, and I had multiple medical conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. And I was only 27.

Making the decision to have such a life altering surgery that could possibly have very dangerous repercussions was scary. Thankfully I have a wonderful support group made up of my family and friends who have stood by me every single step of the way, which made thing so much easier!

The past 2 years have been a challenge. Gastric bypass surgery is a tool, not a cure-all pill that removes fat and keeps it away forever. I still follow a strict diet plan, have to work hard to make the right choices and have to exercise as well. I can very easily gain weight back if I am not careful. Here at the 2 year mark, I feel like I have really gained control of my new lifestyle, and I actually enjoy it.

 2 years and 117 lbs ago, I wore these pants!

So here I am today, 117 lbs lighter than I was before surgery. I still have a lot of toning to accomplish (and hopefully some new fitness product reviews to come that will help me out!), but overall, I am feeling great. My current goal for this year is to focus on fitness and continue to make the right dietary choices. I will NOT be that miserable girl again. Ever. I will keep up with my son, no matter how fast he moves. Well, I will try anyway… that is one quick little guy these days!


rubynreba said...

You look awesome! Congrats!

Unknown said...

Congrats on your accomplishments! I'm just gearing up for a weight-loss challenge starting June 1st that's open to any bloggers interested in coming along on the journey. It also involves monthly giveaways of some awesome health and weight loss tools if you're interested :)

Mom Caboodle said...

Congratulations!! You look Fabulous!

rj7777 said...

Wow!!! I am so proud of you. You are gorgeous!!! Rita Spratlen

Kristyn Martin said...

Sounds awesome, Danielle! I will definitely check that out!

Erin @ Simply Frugal Mom said...

Congrats! You look great. Thanks so much for linking up with Weight Weight Wednesday on Simply Frugal Mom.