Andrea shares how she feels when she sees photographs of herself before bariatric surgery and explains how her life has changed since the procedure.
When I see photos of myself at my previous weight I cringe inside. I think I didn’t really look that way, but I know that I did. I am just very happy and pleased with the progress I have made.
When we all talked, first in support groups and when I talked to Dr. Barr, the psychologist, we all say we were doing this to improve our health and that was true for me because my mother had late onset diabetes within her 40s and I am 46 and I was concerned I was going to develop that and other health problems. So that definitely was a reason, but the reality is, it was very hard for me. I work with young children and they would make comments, not necessarily in an intentionally mean way. I found myself limited in activities that I could do.
There are things I can do now that I couldn’t do before my weight loss. Small things like riding on an airplane comfortably or at all or without asking for an extension on the seatbelt. Being able to move and have the energy to do daily activities and then I am actually really enjoying exercise to the point where my family and friends say I have a little bit of an excessive personality and that now I am turning it towards good things, and I have become a runner. The first time I ran a 10K it was very exciting for me. I have gone skiing for the first time in 15 or 20 years.
I was exercising on my own a lot, going to the gym and doing weights and running and exercise bikes and in the last couple of months I have started doing kickboxing and boot camp classes and I am just having a blast. I look forward to it. So being able to do things I couldn’t do before, but also enjoying the new things that I can do.
Condition: Obesity Morbid Obesity, Weight Loss, Morbidly Obese
Related Terms: Bariatric Surgery, Adjustable Gastric Band Procedure, Comorbidities, Nutrition, BMI, Weight Loss, Body Mass Index, REALIZE® Band
Health Care Provider: Banner Hospital, Banner Medical Center, Banner Bariatric, North Colorado Medical Center, Banner Health, Banner Bariatric Center
Location: Greenley, CO, Colorado, Cloverly, Alden, Johnstown, Hardman, Windsor, Auburn, La Salle, Gill, Elm, 80631
Expert: Dr. Michael W. Johnell, Dr. Johnell, Michael Johnell, M.D., Bariatric Surgeon Michael W. Johnell, Doctor Johnell
Expertise: Weight Management, Restorative Health, Bariatric Surgery, Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, Adjustable Gastric Band