Client Profile: Vicki
When I was in fifth grade I learned that my parents were getting a divorce. This devastated me. My parents were and still are a very integral part of my life. I didn't know how to deal with this experience and found that eating made me feel better… for a minute. I had always been a little chunky, but soon after that year I started to put on the pounds. I am very much an emotional eater. Whenever something is bothering me, I want to eat. I am learning now to find other ways to deal with stress and emotional upset, but that pattern that was started so many years ago is still deeply embedded in my brain.
The decision to have gastric bypass surgery was not an easy one. After multiple attempts (and every diet known to man), some successful, others not so much, I was desperate to be the healthy person I deserved to be. Losing the weight was not always the hard part, keeping it off was a different story. My heaviest weight was 305 pounds and that was after more than 15 years of dieting.
Three years ago, when I found out my cousin was having gastric bypass, I thought she was taking the easy way out. I never thought of her as obese, she just seemed "chunky." When I saw her a year later, I was overwhelmed by how good she looked and how happy and confident she was. I never thought about how she may have been like me, quietly struggling with her weight with a smile on her face so no one knew how much she was hurting.
I started to hear commercials on the radio about gastric bypass, and did some research. I even read the book, "Weight Loss Surgery for Dummies," which was actually pretty informative. I realized that the surgery was a tool and that I would have to commit to a lifelong lifestyle change. With my history of dieting, I knew a lot about what I should and shouldn't eat. I also knew how important exercise is to losing weight. When I started thinking about everything I had tried in the past, I knew that gastric bypass surgery was anything but taking the easy way out.
I have lost 119 pounds and am maintaining a healthy weight. I couldn't be happier! I knew that my weight restricted me, but I never knew how much that bothered me. A whole new world has opened. This summer I was able to climb a 14-er with my dad…something I have wanted to do for at least ten years. I love all the activities I am able to do and my kids are more active now too. We all have a new way of life. My ten-year old daughter and I will be running our first 5K this February. Something I would have never thought possible. So many times people ask me, "if you had to do it all over again would you?" My answer is always "ABSOLUTELY!!!"