The Heavy Truth

In July of 2017, I was quickly nearing 380 lbs. Yes, you read that right, I was severely obese. With the support of my doctor (actually a NP), my husband & medication, I drastically changed my eating habits & began to slowly lose the weight. I looked better, felt better, and had more energy. Things were progressing well. By December 2018 I had lost 80 lbs. I was so excited.

But then, I hit a plateau. The weight stopped coming off. I wasn’t gaining either, but no matter what I did, that scale just wasn’t moving. Things stayed like this for about a year.

My doctor & I had been trying multiple strategies but I was still stuck. Then the scale started creeping back up. We had talked about bariatric surgery in the past but I just wasn’t ready. But in early 2020, I decided it was time to at least investigate bariatric procedures. Then COVID-19 took over and the idea was put on hold again.

However:

May 27th – I participated in a Facebook Live Q&A by Dr. Cheregi of Advanced Bariatrics. I got all of my questions answered and felt better about moving forward.

June 15th – After much prayer, talking with my husband & my PCP. I had my first appointment with Dr. Cheregi & I knew I had come to the right place.

My surgery was tentatively scheduled for 7/28, pending approval from the insurance company, and the outcome of a psychiatric evaluation & many medical tests.

July 6th – I got a call from Dr. Cheregi’s office that there had been a cancellation & my procedure could be moved up to July 14. I immediately agreed to the change.

Exciting! Now to do the 10-day presurgery diet in just 7-days. I was VERY strict with myself & actually lost at around 8 lbs that week.

July 14th – Surgery day. My gastric sleeve procedure went exactly as planned & I was released from the hospital in just over 24 hours.

July 22nd – Follow-up Appointment #1. I lost 19.6 lbs in 1 week!

Today – As of this morning I have lost approximately 30 lbs since I started my presurgery diet 18 days ago!

I still have a long way to go but I have decided to obey my doctor & my dietitian πŸ’―%. I am also involved in a great support group through the hospital. I know that God brought me to this surgery at this point in time and that He will not let me fail.

I recently put the following scripture on my fridge so that I see it multiple times a day.
When you sit down to eat with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you; And put a knife to your throat If you are a man given to appetite. Do not desire his delicacies, For they are deceptive food. Proverbs 23:1-3 NKJV


I have added a new category, Journey to a Healthier Me to make it easier to follow my progress. I covet your prayers, as I have a long journey ahead.

35 comments

  1. Wow! I’m glad your surgery went well and I’m praying for you on this new journey. You were brave to go through with this. Blessings Barb! ❀️

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  2. Wow. That is brave of you. And I love that you are determined too. Where there is a will, there is indeed a way. Glad to know you are making progress – a huge one in fact. πŸ–
    Expecting the progress share too. 😊
    Stay safe ma’am. πŸ€—

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