Shannon explains how her activity level transformed after having gastric bypass surgery.
Since the surgery, I am up and about all the time, but whereas before I would sleep probably 12-13 hours a day. I was exhausted all the time. I would get off work and all I wanted to do was just home. Now, I go to the gym. I go out and hang out with my friends. I go to the beach. I go to Disneyland, whereas before that was almost a chore because it was just, I mean, I would sweat and it was just, and then all the walking and uphill and sometimes it didn’t even seem worth it.
I love baseball. So, Angels are my team and we go to the baseball games all the time and just even walking up the stairs at a baseball game was ridiculous, and now I can go and last night I was boogying my rear end off and not even sweating; it didn’t bother me at all. I didn’t even care. I stayed out there the entire night and didn’t even walk back and forth just to sit down and rest. So, that’s so much more energy. I play with my dogs. I throw balls with them, I mean, whereas before I just sit my butt on the couch and really do a whole lot of nothing.
Huge amount of freedom. There has been times where again, back to baseball, a fence you have to climb over and I am looking at myself going okay, there is no way I am going to get over that fence. Now, I don’t care; I’ll just climb over it.
Even walking into a room. Sometimes people don’t realize. When you are heavy you look at chairs because you are not sure if you are going to quite fit in that chair, you know, and going to Disneyland or Magic Mountain; those rides are not made for big people. They are made for little people.
And so, just knowing that, I mean, I can walk in to any clothing store now. I don’t have to go to the big girl section anymore. I can go into any section I want and know that they are going to have my size, and so that’s really nice. I mean, that makes you feel–it completely frees your life, like you don’t have to think about those silly things that when you are overweight.