Health & Wellness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Why I’m Considering VSG

Some of you have been following my blog for over a year and have watched me lose 25lbs and 36 inches only to see me gain 30lbs over the course of 6 months. I am considering bariatric surgery…Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) in particular. The reason why I am considering VSG is mainly because of the past couple of months, I have been experiencing some health issues and that is a huge no-no for me because I have two small kids I have to be here for. Let me back up. First and foremost I have dieted and made lifestyle changes, lost weight, then found it and it brought new friends. To add to that, I am an emotional eater. I eat when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m celebrating, when I’m depressed, when I want to have a good time, etc. That has been something that has been difficult to break since childhood so I know that VSG can help with that. VSG is not an easy way out because I have to go through surgery as well as recovery as well as lifestyle changes, and thankfully with my stomach being half the size I can only eat so much, which will help with the emotional eating and overeating. I did not want to do the gastric bypass because I am not comfortable with having to take supplements for the rest of my life because my body no longer gets nutrients from my food or the other longterm side effects of it….but back to the health problems.

Over the past couple of months, I have had some crazy things going on with my body. Mind you I still get in my veggies and attend zumba as well as walk weekly. The arising health issues have been a wake up call because of family history. There is diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and female cancers (Uterus & Breast) on BOTH sides of my family. Thank God I don’t have any of those issues now but with a BMI of 48 who knows what will come. I want to be healthy and available for my children. My strongest prayer to God after keeping my family safe is for me to at least (praying for many more years though but at least) live long enough to raise my children. On top of that I am tired of squeezing into spanx almost everyday, I’m tired of my knees hurting when I walk up the stairs. I’m tired of not being happy with what I see when I look in the mirror. I’m tired of losing weight only to gain back even more weight, and I’m tired of limited shopping. Someone took a picture of me on my bad side (you know we all have our good side big or small) and I saw how big I’ve gotten and I was devastated. When you take your own photos you can disguise it how you like and be in denial but when you see what someone else sees it’s like 😱😮😫!

I’m choosing this for me first and my children second. They deserve a healthy, active mother. I want to be an example for my daughter because I NEVER want her to deal with obesity. I’ve prayed about it and I have peace with my decision. I am starting an Instagram page to document this journey as well as a VLOG on YouTube so those who are considering this process can share in this journey with me. I’m still coming up with a name but as soon as it’s up and going I will update you guys. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdttDd0lzzrYcsDETn-Eocw Is my current YouTube channel and it may change so I will Update you accordingly. I am prepared for the negativity and even more prepared for the positivity and good vibes. Like I always say I go through nothing for myself but only to help someone else. Agape and God’s speed.

-LR

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Exercise, Food, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized, Weight Loss

Moving Forward

I have been on my weight release (you don’t lose weight because what you lose you will find) journey for four months and have lost a total of 17 pounds. By now I wanted to be at least 50 pounds lighter but everyone’s journey is different. I hired a trainer and I even had 12 sessions of laser-like liposuction, which gave me results but they were pretty minor. I struggle with emotional eating, compulsive overeating and to be honest sometimes just plain ole lack of discipline. The main lesson that I have learned during this journey is that you CANNOT out exercise a bad diet. Believe me I have tried. I have went to the gym and worked my butt off and rewarded myself with crinkle fries from Zaxby’s with Zax sauce (you can’t forget the Zax sauce) and a milkshake. I’ve had cheat weekends full of Pizza Hut pizza and Sonic milkshakes and I’ve even snuck into my Dad’s snack cabinet a time or two. Now that I know that my eating is the problem, I have decided to do something about it. Not to long ago, I met Sedrek “the inner” Trainer. Unlike most trainers, Sedrek is a certified nutritionist and designs custom meal plans for his clients based on foods they like to eat. Sedrek holds you accountable and measures your weekly progress. He is also there for counseling. It is good to know that when I’m having a meltdown and I’m about to pick up that honeybun, I can call him and say, “Hey brother Sed I am having a meltdown over here and I need your encouragement”. After our first conversation, I was shocked to find out that a lot of things that I was eating and thought were healthy were not and that I was overeating a lot of foods that are good for me like nuts but only if I eat the correct amount. I also found out that I wasn’t eating as much as I should be and a lot of foods that I cut out of my diet, I can actually eat! He is known for getting off an average of 5-7 pounds a week and has assured me that through his program he can help this nursing mom lose at least 60 pounds by May. I’m definitely holding him to that because I don’t want to be on the beautiful beaches of Jamaica this summer with a swimsuit cover on. I have a few more sessions with my current trainer and I plan on continuing to work with her once a week for strength training to keep from having loose skin. I’m definitely looking forward to working with Sedrek and saying goodbye to this weight forever!

-LR