In 2006, I had gastric bypass surgery. As a result of losing 135 lbs within 8 months, I went through emotional and psychological struggles. I refer to these struggles as “Reality vs. Mentality”. Reality – (on the outside) I’m thin and healthy. Mentality – (on the inside) I’m still obese. I give accounts to my weight loss journey and how I struggle to accept and embrace the “new me”.
I’m 38 yrs old, have been mostly a staunch conservative Christian my entire life, and struggled with obesity until 2006. At that time, I decided to undergo gastric bypass (aka wls, weight loss surgery, RNY) as I was facing three out of five cardiac risks. My life was miserable. I lived to eat, go to work, and pay bills. I had no future or hope that I would ever have children, get married, even get a date because I hated my body and my self esteem was so poor.
Since my gastric bypass, and dropping 135 lbs, my entire life has changed. I am happy now, and enjoying the life that I always wanted. Obesity stole so much from me, and I have taken everything back!
Originally from Illinois as a child, I moved to Tennessee when my family relocated over twenty years ago. I live in Nashville, TN and work in the healthcare industry.