MISTRESSOFPROSE
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A couple years ago, I came back on Spark People for what I thought was the last time, determined to stick with it. I was doing really well, but then I got in my own way again. It was very disheartening for me, and I became very depressed.

I realized for the first time, that I was the problem. I let my desire for junk food and my discomfort with change take over. I allowed myself to accept being fat. It was horrible. I was at a real low point in my life.

My best friend had had Gastric Bypass surgery the year before, and she had lost a ton of weight. I was happy for her and jealous all in the same blow. I had a really negative view of weight loss surgery for a long time because I felt like it was cheating. I know a lot of people feel this way as well. After a life time of struggling with my weight and failure, I had to ask myself some very hard questions.

Through much introspection and soul searching, along with a massive amount of research and therapy sessions, I decided to explore weight loss surgery.

It was not an easy decision for me. I still felt like I was cheating. When push came to shove however, I had to admit that what I really wanted was to be healthy, and I needed help to accomplish that. Weight loss surgery is not for everyone. It's a personal choice, and it is by no means an easy road. I understand now that you still must eat right and exercise to lose weight. The surgery is simply a tool to help you.

I understand that some people will not believe this and still think it's cheating, and that's okay. I don't blame them for thinking that. I did at one time too. For me, weight loss surgery was the right choice. For you, it may be something else.

It's been a year and a half since my surgery. My total weight loss (before and after surgery) has been 132 pounds. It is the most weight I have lost in my life. I'm feeling better, have more energy, and I am more confident in myself.

I graduated from UCLA with my BA in English in June of 2014. Two days after I graduated, started working for WGBH as a describer. I love my job and the people I work with, but I sit all day, so I try to stay as active as possible outside work.

I have just 8 more pound to go until my goal, and I'm really excited. I might choose to lose more weight after I reach my goal, but I want to see how I feel at 149 first.

I've been chronicling my weight loss journey through my personal blog. Feel free to check it out sometime. http://fatasthedickens.blogspot.com/


Member Since: 6/12/2010

Fitness Minutes: 2,878

My Goals:
To be more mindful about what foods I'm putting in my body and what they do for me and to me.


My Program:
I love to run. I've also started strength training recently, and I find that I enjoy it. Still, I would like to take a dance class or something.



Personal Information:
I am 34, married, and a mom. I have my BA in English from UCLA, and I work as a Describer for WGBH. I had Gastric Bypass surgery on July 22nd, 2013.


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My motto: You cannot blame others for what you choose not to do.




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