I do not remember a moment when I'm not overweight. At preschool, with only 5 years, weighing 90 pounds.
When I was 8 years old, when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (an illness that slowed my metabolism), I was not surprised. I had been through a system of early childhood health and I have never lost weight, so my diagnosis of hypothyroidism only confirmed that weight loss was more difficult for me.
After my diagnosis, I became as many sports as possible and I tried as many diets as I could, in an effort to do more to lose weight. Sometimes it worked; I would lose 20 pounds, but then I would go out and win again. I also have four sisters – including my twin – who are thin and high, so I constantly compared myself with them, which did not help with my self-esteem.
At 21, we weighed 260 pounds, so my doctor suggested surgery.
At that time, he had gained weight every year. For the sake of my weight gain in sight, my doctor told me about gastric bypass surgery. He explained that the procedure would reduce the size of my stomach with the size of soccer to the size of an egg and would restrict the amount of food that I could eat.
I wanted to do the surgery this year, but the skepticism of my family and friends about weight loss surgeries being "the easiest way" on top of my fears about surgical complications retained me.
I spent the next three years following closely the experiences of women who had had a gastric bypass surgery and shared their stories on YouTube and Instagram.
I also knew that surgery would help control portions, but my weight loss would still require the discipline I've been working on all my life. The only difference was this time, I actually saw results.
I knew I should finally have had surgery when the ankles were getting so swollen at the end of the day.
The swelling happened because my body and, above all, my legs had to bear my weight all day long. I went home crying for a day and immediately I went to my doctor to get another derivation of gastric bypass surgery, this time at 298 pounds.
Three months later, I went under the knife, and turned out to be the best decision I've ever taken.
After surgery, my diet was extremely limited, because my stomach could not eat much.
I also had to eat a lot of tasty food, so my stomach would not feel irritated, so I ate small portions of soft food such as rice and eggs.
But now, one year after the operation, I'm reintroducing my stomach to my favorite foods. Before surgery, as I did not eat at all, I often ate Mexican food, I stung a lot and I served large portions. But now, because my stomach does not flush, I do not eat meals bigger than the palm of my hand.
I also track my macronutrients using MyFitnessPal, my food preparation, and have found alternatives to my favorite meals, such as burrito balls made with a turkey and a zoodle. But, nevertheless, I will have a few bites of cake for the desserts of the goal.
When I eat at home, a day of meals may look like this:
- To have breakfast: Chobani juice or cheese and fruit with coffee
- Lunch: Salad with turkey or chicken or lettuce wrap
- Snack: A protein bar of happiness of ONE and Hummus almonds and vegetables
- Dinner: Zucchini Pizza
Since my gastric bypass surgery, I've lost 150 pounds.
While I am proud of my weight loss, my next goal is to build more muscle to fill the loose skin that I now have due to my rapid weight loss. I go to the gym five days a week and I try to incorporate a mix of cardiovascular and strength training (I also spent some time in the sauna after each workout to relax).
Now, I feel that I am finally happy and confident with me and my body. I know gastric bypass surgery is not the best option for everyone, but it was the best option for me, and it was definitely not the "easy way out." Not only did he help me see the results I never thought were possible due to my health condition, but it also helped keep me healthier while keeping weight under control.