Life after Gastric Bypass

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It’s more than 10 years ago now, on October 19, 2006, that I was in New York City having gastric bypass surgery. I’m not boasting, but remembering and being grateful for so many amazing blessings that I have experienced.

grateful for so many amazing blessings that I have experienced. Click To Tweet

At the time I tipped the scales at 310 pounds. Just to give some perspective― I am 5’3 (63 inches) and had a 60-inch waist. So I was 3″ taller than I was round. I don’t state this as a proud moment in my life, but a truthful one.

The reason I decided to have this surgery was at the time I had two very young daughters. I knew I wouldn’t be around if I didn’t lose weight. I wanted to give them so much. Now that I have three daughters, I need the energy just to keep up. And what I am really grateful for is that my family has a dad who can be and do more than I ever could before…and THAT is awesome!!!

At the time I tipped the scales at 310 pounds Click To Tweet

I want to straight up encourage someone that dreams, passions and most importantly FAITH can, and will, take you anywhere you want to go. Today I’m a member of the Toronto Police Service. What a privilege to serve my community in this way. I love my family in blue and they have been a wonderful encouragement.

After the surgery I went from 310 to 155 in six months. I lost fat and muscle. Have I gained weight back? Yes. It is natural and I am happy where I am. I am comfortable in my body. People do mention to me that I should be careful because I’m putting the weight back on. I understand their concern, but please trust me…I am fully aware!!!

I have said it before, and will say it again that I am blown away by, and need to thank, my family (blood and church). They have supported me every step and I am forever grateful.

I am also in awe of my Heavenly Father’s limitless love and grace towards me. I do not know why He has blessed me with this second chance, but I hope I have been using it to glorify Him.

As I start my second decade, I know I still have much work to do. This is a continuous journey, but I am still up for the challenge!!!
And for anyone who is struggling, there is hope. Always hope!!!

And for anyone who is struggling, there is hope. Always hope!!! Click To Tweet

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