Beth is an Admin & Coach on our amazing Facebook Support Groups and this is her story.
I had RNY surgery on 10/10/03, just 7 months after having my last child.
I had finally come to terms with the fact that if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be around long enough to see her or her siblings grow up. I had tried pretty much every diet, cleanse and program you could think of and would lose 30-40 pounds only to put it back on, and then some. This was my last resort and I’m so glad I did it as I lost 100 (known) pounds in the first 18 months and maintained that for about 12 years. Success, right?
Fast forward to 2015 and temps rising in south Texas. I grabbed my favorite pair of shorts from the previous summer and started to slide them on…and cried. They didn’t fit. I had regained weight.
I sobbed right there on the bathroom floor for a solid hour. How did this happen? What had changed?
While on my way to the store to buy bigger shorts, I started searching the web for help. Could I be “broken”? Have another surgery? What do I do? Am I alone in this? While crying and scrolling, the Bariatric Eating Support group appeared on my Facebook timeline with an article.
Can you guess which one? My best friend, something we lovingly refer to as the ‘Toast Skull’. I read it and that light bulb flipped instantly! I had started eating bread, potatoes, pizza, rice again “in moderation “. Nope. Doesn’t work.
I joined the group and started reading all I could and hopped in with both feet, no questions asked, well, okay there was one.
My first question to the group “What is BOT?” I was in! I followed Back On Track for about 2 week until I had my head screwed back on tightly and transitioned to BE Easy where I managed to lose all of my 23 pounds of regain plus an additional 12 pounds putting me at 138, my lowest weight of my adult life where I had maintained for a year.
These plans WORK. I am pretty competitive, mainly within myself, and recently set a new goal weight of 135. I started running this year and now have a new found love for it and exercise in general. It’s SO therapeutic!
On October 8, 2017 I woke to find my scale at goal! Was it easy? No. Is anything in life worth having easy? No. Was going from point A to point B a straight line? Heck no! I simply took a chance on myself and found that life begins at the end of my comfort zone. I’m happier, healthier and stronger than I’ve ever been.
SW: 251+ (left)
LW: 150 (right)
RW: 173 (bottom left)
CW: 135 (bottom right)