So I am currently stuck in Colombia, unable to leave because of the hurricanes coming towards Florida, and since I can't post anything fashion related or beauty related, I will tell you why I'm here. I had a gastric bypass in Colombia, South America.
I have been overweight my whole life but, in college I became morbidly obese. I wouldn't stress eat but, I would just make very poor choices food wise. Whatever my skinny friends were eating I would eat too. I never wanted to feel like to odd one out because I was eating a salad or not enjoy the various delicious foods NYC has to offer. This went on for 4 years and to make matters worse I got a job in the city too, and of course I would go out with friends to happy hour after work, or just plain old eat out during lunch. I got to a point where I couldn't stop/ didn't want to be stopped. My parents were more worried about my health than I was.
Two years after I graduated college I started to feel depressed or at least I was happy. I figured I had to do something with my weight so I started working out and dieting. I ended up losing 15 pounds in two weeks, but that wasn't enough motivation for me. Crazy, I know. My parents started mentioning surgery.
The idea of having surgery done was crazy to me. I always considered people who have had weight loss surgery to be lazy and just wanted to find the easy way out of losing weight. Boy, was I wrong. There is not enough mental preparation in the world to have you ready for surgery and especially post-surgery. There were so many ups and downs I had during my surgery. Immediately after my surgery I regretted it, I hated what I thought was a negative connotation of having surgery, I was worried that people were going to think I was lazy and what not. I also thought that I wasn't going to be able to east some of my favorite foods every again. Yet, that wasn't the case I got an out pour of love and support from family and friends and I found other bariatric patients eating what I wanted to eat but, I just had to be patient and eventually I will be able to eat burgers and fries just in much smaller amounts.
The food. The food had/ has been the hardest part for me. Its not that it tastes bad, I just got very tried of eating the same thing over and over for days. I still can't smell chicken soup without getting nauseous. My biggest problem right now is that I get full very easily so I don't eat the amounts that the nutritionist is giving me, which is both ok and bad. Its ok because I am eating what I can, but it is bad because I might be getting the sufficient amounts of nutrients that I need.
Now, the reason I got it done in Colombia and not in the states is that essentially its cheaper and contrary to what most people believe the doctors in Colombia are just as good if not better than the ones in the states. I absolutely love my surgeon and won't trade him for the world. He made me feel relax and confident that the surgery was going to go well, and it did.
For those of you wondering I had my surgery done on August 4th, 2017 and I have lost 18kgs which is around 40 pounds and I am only a month post surgery. My heaviest weight was 265 lbs or 120 kgs. I had my surgery at 260 lbs or 118 kgs. I'm also 5'5" just to give you a reference of what I exactly looked like.
I will tell you right now that if you or anyone you know is considering have surgery tell them this it is NOT easy, you will have bad days, you will have moments of regret, you will hate the food, but it is all completely worth it. There isn't a day that goes by without someone telling me that I look great or that I look happy. Trust me the hard work is worthwhile.
Thanks for reading my story if anyone has any question feel free to comment down below or send me an email.
PS. I will make month or bi-monthly posts on the surgery just to keep anyone informed about what its like to have bariatric surgery done.