Hi, I am Tina. I am 43 years young and I weigh 279lbs. Wow, I can't believe I am letting that out there. That is worse than a women telling her age, which has never really bothered me.
My family and I recently had a new family portrait made and needless to say, I was very upset at my appearance in those pictures. You might say that was the straw that broke the camels back. Look at the spare tire around my middle. Sometimes you wish people would be brutally honest and tell exactly what you look like.
I have been heavy all my life. My weight gain started the summer after I had my tonsils taken out at age 7. I have yoyo'd up and down on every diet known to man. As a result my metabolism is at rock bottom. I even starved myself at age 19 and lost to my smallest size 10. I even taught aerobics at a fitness center for a while.
I have decided I need help. I need to again control of my life and get fit. I recently had a physical and all my blood and cholesterol levels are good. But, what will they be in a year?
I have decided to have a Gastric Bypass. Surgery is scheduled for 29 September. I know some of you out there say that this is the easy way out, but I have been there too. When you have over 100lbs to lose it is hard to do it on you own.
Don't get me wrong, I applaud the men and women out there who have lost weight on their own. I don't have it in me to do this by myself. I have a great support group who all stand behind my decision.
I have decided to share this as my way of keeping myself on track. Over next few months I will talk about my journey to a new life beyond all the excess weight and the happiness and sorrows I am sure I will experience. I can't wait to see the beautiful butterfly once it emerges from it's cacoon.