So there is something that I have been keeping, relatively, private the last year and I am feeling like I want to share it with everyone now. Because I have been feeling so low with the recent loss of my job, I wanted to share something that I am extremely fucking proud of.
Now, before I get into this, I want all to know that I honestly do not care if you disagree with my decisions, this was the only option for me and it has changed my life.
As some of you know (if you actually know me), I decided to take my health back into my own hands last year. I have known I was diabetic for 10 years now, and never cared enough to do anything about it for more than a month or two, mainly because I didn’t have any physical signs of it, or so I had thought. Off and on, I had worked to better my health by losing weight in various ways. I had tried keto, low carb, Slimfast, diet pills, over exercising, and many other methods that may work for a few pounds, but nothing more. I dealt with eating disorders (EDNOS, we can talk more on that later) throughout the years, and in the latter years of high school, I started a relationship that allowed me to focus less on not eating (as a note on this, this relationship is the best thing I have ever done, and we are now married happily). Unfortunately, I began gaining weight over the years going from 175 pounds in 2009 to a high of 264 pounds in 2013. From 2013-2016 I was able to lose 20 pounds, but was never able to break 245 pounds no matter what method I tried even after talking to multiple doctors and therapists about the issues I had been dealing with.
In 2017, my husband and I moved to Southern California, where I began working from home and walking our dogs twice a day, every day. I had lost 30 pounds at the beginning of 2018 and had thought it was due to the walking and low carb eating… Unfortunately, it was not. I had made a new years resolution, like every other year, to lose weight and get healthy and in order to do that, I needed to accept my diabetes. In February of 2018, I met with a new doctor to determine where my diabetes was and what I needed to do. I was in shock with the results.
According to my blood work, my A1C had significantly increased to 11.4 (this is the glucose levels in your blood on an average. Non-diabetics are under 6, and folks over 9 start to lose limbs typically and have a higher risk of heart attack, strokes etc.). I have seen therapists about my history with eating disorders and have been trying to avoid falling back into that lifestyle since I knew that was the only method that worked for me. What I hadn’t associated with my weight, were issues with reproductive systems. Though many of you don’t want to know the gory details, I will say that I have had extreme issues with my menstrual cycle and issues that cause infertility such as “anovulatory cycles”. This means that I do not ovulate normally and it was at this time that I knew I needed some divine intervention to truly reverse the issues with my diabetes and various other problems to allow me to be able to start a family.
Over the last year, I have been attending nutrition classes to prepare for bariatric surgery, which I finally had on January 21st 2019. This was the greatest decision I have ever made for myself. Many believe this to be the “easy way out”, however I challenge those to do some major research on Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. Yes, I can consume less, but I still have to do a significant amount of work in order for this tool to work.
I have lost a total of 50 pounds from my highest weight, and 29 pounds since surgery! I have also decreased my A1C from 11.4 to 5.8!!!! This places me in the “non-diabetic” range. I have not taken insulin or any medication for my diabetes since the day before surgery and am feeling fantastic. I will always be diabetic, but I am now able to manage it with my diet and exercise.
I will be posting more details about the surgery itself, life post-op, and what it means for my future, but I wanted to share with everyone that I will be documenting my progress here as well as on my Instagram (www.Instagram.com/plussizetopintsize).
The photo below does not belong to me and is only used to show the A1C levels mentioned above.