Sunday, April 15, 2012

When My life Changed Forever

Nine years ago today, Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at about 9:30 am, my life changed forever.

I was in Port Huron with my dad, my brother Denny and my buddy Ron.

That moment in time was when I was wheeled into the operating room and had gastric bypass surgery performed by Dr. Akbar Ali.

My weight lose was rapid -- about a pound a day for the first three month.  I was closing in on the 100 pound mark just before my forty-second birthday on July 17.

And then I hit a brick wall and plateaued. I hung around the 98-99 total pounds lost for over a long, frustrating week. Shortly after my birthday, the weight began pealing off yet again.  When I reached the one-year anniversary of my surgery, I had lost just over 150 lbs.

That first summer I was riding bike and moving more than I had in years.  I actually felt like doing something other than sleeping or sitting in a chair.

Today, nine-years later, I've packed on a few of those lost pounds and they're not coming off as easily as that first summer after surgery. Bariatric surgery isn't a cure, it's a tool. And I know how to use it when I put my mind to it.

So, like I did nine-years ago, I'll watch my food intake (quantity AND quality of food) long with moving more and I'll watch those pounds disappear yet again.

Me in the fall of 2002
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