It’s really hard to find joy in the midst of pain. It’s difficult to see a clear vision when the path is blurry or to find motivation when all you feel is disappointment, but there is this breaking point whether you go down or up and that’s exactly how I felt when I stepped in the scale and reached 457 lbs. I’ve always struggled with being overweight. I’ve lost and gained weight, but almost a year ago, I reached my breaking point. I felt despair – I was too upset with myself to even know where to begin, but I knew I had to do something and I needed help. The burden of my weight, both physical and mental, was too much to bear all alone. I started the process for the gastric sleeve and I had my surgery six months after.
I have been sharing my weight loss journey on social media, but I have never disclosed my weight due to shame or fear, but today, I’m going to use this platform and share with you, what I have been able to accomplish so far. I’ve lost 100 pounds, and for many that is life transformation, for me is just one more step and the beginning to my process, this is just the beginning, I still have a lot to accomplish.
It did not take me too long before I realized that the gastric sleeve was just a tool, not the solution to my long term health. Many assume or have the misconception that a weight loss surgery will work like magic and hard work is not necessary to achieve weight loss success. Well.. that is not the situation, hard work, discipline, consistency, wise decisions and an active life are still necessary to loose weight. Sometimes, I wish things were easier or faster, but I keep reminding myself that I need to continue working and pushing myself even harder to achieve my goals and enjoy this journey of mine.
Remember, if you are struggling with overweight whether is 30 or 300 pounds, do not let disappointment or anger to stop you from reaching your dreams and goals. Everyday is a new day and a new opportunity to start again, do not let the past define your future. Find your inner strength and start taking care of yourself, that at the end you are all you got. #selflove # loveyourself.