I hated how I looked so much that I would make goofy faces for the camera if I couldn’t avoid them all together.
In 2010 I hit my highest recorded weight of 339. There are very few pictures of my from the past several years. I was too ashamed and embarrassed by how I looked to want to have any pictures. My pain levels were constantly high and I didn’t like to exercise. The more active I was the more pain I had, what fun is that? I can see in my face in the picture below that even just giving the cat a bath wore me out.
I was in Paris for work for a week. Only one picture of me to prove I was there.
Visiting Collin on his first birthday when he had back surgery.
Joshua had a chess tournament in the city.
Working on bonding Cinderella and Rebecca.
The last Cephalon Christmas party, 2011.
I started the process to have gastric bypass in November 2011. I weighed in at 322.
Flower show 2012.
Therapy rabbit visits 2012.
I had gastric bypass on March 28, 2012. Five little marks that changed my life. After three weeks of an all liquid diet I weighed 295. The surgery went well and I was up walking the same day. I spent two nights at the hospital before I could safely drink liquids and go home. It was three weeks of recovery before I went back to work. I spent my days healing and starting to exercise again. I had to start off walking just 100 yards at a time then getting a little longer each day. I slowly built up my activity levels.
Here I am setting up the new turtle tank in April. Joshua put all the rocks and dirt in because I couldn’t lift them yet.
By May, I was able to walk around the park with the rabbits. Activity became so much easier as my pain levels went down. I was shocked that surgery didn’t create a fibromyalgia flare. Instead, I started to lose weight and was able to move joyfully. I expanded into water aerobics and strength training. I began walking during my lunch break since I didn’t feel like sitting around talking and shoveling food into my mouth. Now if I don’t get my mid-day walk I get irritable and can’t sit still. I still don’t feel like I”m a big exercise fan, but more of a person who enjoys activities.