My name is Samantha and three years ago, I looked like this….
I know I wasn’t skinny and I guess my chest will always be on the large side, but at least I felt comfortable and could wear pretty much what I wanted to wear.
I have had a lifelong battle with my weight, the typical yo-yo dieter we hear so much about. Over the last few years, I have been through a divorce, changed to a more sedentary job, given up my sport and quit smoking. I also went through the menopause.
Now, I look like this
I hate it! Look at the first slimmer picture… you can just about see, I was smiling. Not anymore.
When I tell you that it is really painful for me to show you the fat pictures, I am sure you will understand. That is why I am keeping my face hidden! Even my hands look pudgy!
I imagine it’s something that all people with body issues feel. To show the world how you really are is embarrassing and humiliating, you feel like a massive failure. I do my best to hide the fat but I’ve reached the point where I can’t hide it anymore, the loose clothes aren’t fooling anyone. No matter what I wear, I feel like a big ugly lump.
I KNOW you understand because you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t have a similar problem yourself.
Today, right now, I feel as though I am lost. Buried under the lard and becoming more and more invisible every day. Fat, frumpy and boring. To say I have lost my sparkle would be a massive understatement!
Well, I have had enough!
I am taking action to bring back the bright and bubbly person I know is buried under the pounds and pounds of fat.
I have been thinking about bariatric surgery for a while now and after a long chat with my family, I decided to ring round a few companies to find out more about the procedures on offer (and the prices too!).
I spoke to a few different people and one company stood out from the rest. The lady I spoke to at The National Obesity Surgery Centre (Sue) understood and seemed to know all about the various weight loss operations. She was much more knowledgeable than all the other companies I rang. She didn’t judge me and I felt comfortable talking to her. She also told me about the aftercare they give you following surgery, it sounded amazing. So much is included in the price! You get the operation, support for life, a telephone consultation with a personal trainer who will design a workout or get moving plan for you, a workshop with a nutritionist and online support, as well as all the usual aftercare. Once I finished talking to Sue, it was easy to make my final decision.
I am going to have a Sleeve Gastrectomy with the NOSC on 26th January 2018.
Now that the decision is finally made, I am SO excited. I can’t wait!!