Alan: Lost 116Lbs with the Gastric Sleeve
What weight loss has done for me so far:
At my pre-op weight, I couldn't walk more than a few feet without having to stop to rest. My knees and right hip hurt so much that I physically could not stand the pain. After only a few moments on my feet, my breathing became hard and I had to stop just to catch my breath. I missed going to numerous family events over the past 10-12 years, because I simply could not keep up with my wife and daughter.
- This year I was able to walk on my own at Disney,
and actually be a part of the group
- About 2 months ago my wife and I went to Zoo Miami
and spent 5 hours walking around the park taking photos.
- I can now sit in chairs with arms or booths at restaurants, where I used to have to stand and wait for special chairs. It has become a great joy not to have to worry about crushing chairs when I sit down, as ending up on the floor was always an extreme embarrassment.
- The biggest pitfall that I have experienced since surgery, is keeping up with my clothing. Shirts that once looked painted on me, now look like tents and I am on my 5th new belt since surgery.
I cannot say enough about how my life has changed for the better since surgery, adding only that one has to also follow the doctor's instructions regarding proper diet and exercise, which is something else I could not do before my procedure. Now I exercise daily and ENJOY it. But most important is that I know I am looking forward to more time to enjoy the things I had missed being so overweight.