2012 - I had Vertical Sleeve Gastric Surgery in October 2012, and this is my journey to push the fat girl aside and start living life without fear of lawn chairs, the middle seat, clothing shops and high heels. Among other things.

2017 - I'm preop for the Duodenal Switch procedure for my sleeve to help me get to goal weight....and to fix another hiatal hernia.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

First of many.....

Yesterday afternoon I got the best compliment ever...  from my Chiropractor. 

"WOW, I can feel your collarbones". 

My neck adjustment was way easier too.   Talk about seeing some real benefits right away. She is so proud of me for taking control and making changes, she did also want to remind me that the VSG is not a magic bullet, and I am still responsible for what goes in my mouth, "you are what you eat". Yep, I am!!

There are a few other changes/Non-Scale Victories:

1. I put on a tee shirt without arm stretching it into a tent. Yep, just put it on. amazballz!

2. The stairs in our house are easier, and that's significant since we are in a 3 floor town home with high ceilings.  Its a lot of up and down. I don't dread forgetting something upstairs anymore.

Back to the Chiro - She is one of the few people that I've told about my surgery.  I'm not telling many people, a few close friends and the medical professionals that need to know. That sadly doesn't include my family, Husbeast (of course) is the exception. My family is just too messy to share with, they are the people that just have to tear down all efforts.  So, they are excluded.

I had a hiatal hernia repair while I was getting the VSG, and that is what all my casual friends, co-workers and family know.  It's a significant surgery in itself, and has about the same healing time.  I did pre everyone that I work with that as a result of my surgery (Hiatal hernias are exacerbated/caused by being obese) that I've been put on a doctor supervised liquid diet/diet and have joined a support group. 

I'm sure that there are going to be a number of people that will suspect, however I doubt that any of them will have the nuts to ask me straight out. If they do, I'll lie.

I'm so not happy to do that. However, here are my feelings on it:

I've been discriminated, teased and harassed long enough about my weight that I don't now feel the need to let everyone know that I had surgery to help me. That is between me and my doctor. Surgery is not the easy way out. It's going to be hard. Putting yourself first is hard. Making positive changes is good....no matter how they come. I'm proud of my decision, I'm proud of my efforts, and I don't need anyone looking down on me for not "doing it the right/hard way".

If there was someone you worked with who was sad looking, then they started looking happy, would you ask them what medications they are on? No, you wouldn't. That is personal, medical and none of your business.

I kind of figure that its going to be 6 months - year of people giving me the side-eye, then it will all blow over and they will forget.  Easy peasey lemon squeezy.

Okay. Enough of that song and dance.   Back to the happy.

Todays weigh in:  275.4lbs


  1. I was amazed when I could see my collarbone again. I love NSV stories! Keep them coming. :)

  2. Thanks Linda! Yep, that was a pretty nice thing to hear, and really, an affirmation that I did the right thing. I can't wait for more! :)

  3. Hi! Glad you are here! There is a theme this week in the blogs I read about how the world perceives those of us of larger size. I certainly understand about not telling everyone about your surgery. I hope to have my gastric bypass in a few months, and am considering who to tell to try to avoid those kind of judgments.