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Gastric Bypass Surgery: How Did It Change Your Life?

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Gastric Bypass Surgery: How Did It Change Your Life?
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Ginger explains how she feels when she looks at pictures of herself when she was obese and discusses how the surgery has changed her life.

How really big I was, I mean, I realized I was big, but people always said, “Well, you always dress nice so you didn’t look as big,” because a lot of people didn’t realize I was heavy as I was. But it’s like, “Oh, my God, I looked like a cow.” I did, and people won’t say it but it’s just like, I didn’t realize I looked that big in pictures, okay? Even though I really didn’t ever want my picture taken that much but it’s just like… I don’t know.

It makes you feel so much better. You know, it does, and it’s what the surgery is. I mean, about losing weight is people don’t realize that are thin, what people do go through about being heavy because, you know, I go to amusement park, you don’t fit on the ride. It’s kind of embarrassing when you have to get off the ride.

You don’t fit in the booth at the restaurant or on an airplane, or there are so many things that people don’t realize that you can’t do, and when you lost weight—like the first time I crossed my legs, I go, “Oh, my God! Look, I can cross my legs. Everybody come and look!” You know, because those are the little things.

And people that aren’t been overweight, they don’t really think of that, and I had a friend tell me that yesterday, “Ginger, I never really realized that until you told me that,” because she has been thin. But those are the things that make you feel good.

And then you don’t have to go to special stores, and you can buy things like other people, and you have more energy, totally more energy because you want to get up. When you are heavy, and you get heavier and heavier, you don’t want to get up. You don’t want to do anything, and I walk four miles a day, and before I didn’t want to walk any miles a day. And I just joined a gym.

And I don’t know, I recommend it to anybody if you are serious because it’s a life-changing thing, but it’s the best thing you could do. And a lot of people are scared because they hear the stories, “I might die,” or “people died.” Well, usually a lot of that is because they didn’t follow the rules. You have to follow it. You have to be in your mind you want to do this surgery.

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