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I seem to have suddenly gained a lot of views from Canada–hello to all of my Canadian visitors (and everyone else)!

So, Friday was a big day for me–my one-year Surgiversary!

At my highest weight, I was 292 pounds, tired, and feeling like a 60 year old woman with all of my aches and pains due to my weight. My knees hurt, my back hurt, my feet hurt, and my heart hurt from seeing myself miserable. I told myself that there had to be a better way, and after lots of research, I underwent a vertical sleeve gastrectomy. A year ago today, at this exact time, I was in a hospital room recovering. I was so nauseated from the anesthesia/pain meds/empty stomach for surgery and I was miserable, wondering what I’d done to myself and whether I’d made a mistake.

That was the last time I felt truly miserable about myself. Since then, I have lost 101 pounds, but I have gained so much more. I have gained knowledge of eating right. I have gained good habits. I have gained back self esteem that I didn’t even know was missing. I have gained a new respect for myself and what I can do. I have gained a whole new wardrobe and a love for fashion that I didn’t even know I had. But most importantly, I feel like I’ve gained myself back.

If you wake up in the morning feeling miserable about the way you look and/or feel, take time to reflect about what would make you happy and what you have to lose by taking that first step–chances are, you will lose nothing but regrets and “what-if”s. Take that first step, whether it be exercising more, eating less, taking the stairs, or a drastic route like mine. You are stronger than you think. You can do this.

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