This morning I am undergoing weight loss surgery. It has been a 6-month journey to be approved by my insurance company, there have been many hoops to jump through and many criteria to be met. But all of that is behind me now and today is my reset button.
Weight has been a problem for me for many years, off and on. The decision to take this step was the result of many years of dieting and exercising, gaining and losing but mainly - always gaining it back.
When I got the diabetes diagnosis I got scared and lost some weight and was heading to a pretty good place. But when my mom came to live with me - those good eating habits went out the window and I pretty much came off the rails. Going to the nursing home straight from work every other day made a good meal schedule impossible and actually - I'm sure I was rewarding myself with food, you know - I've had a really long day, I deserve to just whip through that drive thru.
Writing about this here is not something I wanted to do right away. People have many ideas about weight loss surgery and the most common negative reaction is - it's the easy way out. I have confronted that with people, one exercise trainer specifically got me really mad with that attitude when he suggested I just exercise and to heck with the surgery. My response to him - after I told him he needed to get a different job - was that he had no idea what had brought me to this point. He was assuming I had never tried the exercise route. He was assuming I did not want to work for what I wanted. He was making a judgment of me based on his own experiences and what has worked for him.
Many people react the same way he did, and it hurts. Especially people who have never had a weight problem, like my old
For now, please wish me well and wish me success in this endeavor. There are many changes I need to make and I am hoping to have your support. Know I am not going into this lightly, this has been a huge decision for me. It is all part of getting control of my life and yes, starting over.