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This is my story and my submission to @spectrumaesthetics weight loss champion contest 🙏🙏🙏 .
I started following @Spectrumaesthetics about the same time I was approved for bariatric surgery.
During my entire transformation, I have dreamed of the day I could become a #SpectrumAngel , but when I look down at my body, I dont see all the hard work, I don’t see the 120lb weight loss. I see the ghosts of my former unhealthy life. I see every bad decision I made, and the damage I have done. I, like most, tried everything: weight watchers, diet pills, south beach, doctors/nutritionists.. I was even a finalist for the Biggest Loser once.
Ultimately, weight loss surgery was the tool that brought me success, but even that did not come without its own set of challenges. I had complications with my vertical sleeve gastrectomy and had to undergo a second surgery. I was revised to gastric bypass 3 weeks after my wedding. At the time of my wedding, I had already lost over half my excess weight, but looking back at my wedding photos, All I can see is the excess skin under my dress.
My skin hangs so terribly, I don’t even have to use stickers to censor my photos. My skin covers my pubic area. It’s a painful, constant reminder and while I have this skin, I will always have one foot in the past. I want to move forward and build a beautiful life with my husband. One day, I want to see myself the way he sees me, and I believe Dr. Ortega and Spectrum Aesthetics could help make that happen!
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#tbt to that time I took 20+ pregnancy tests because I didn't believe the ER doctor when he told me I was pregnant. To be honest, its quite surprising these pregnancy tests tested positive considering the day I tested my HCG was only 49 (you're considered pregnant with an HCG over 5 so I was EXTREMELY early in my pregnancy). When I saw those two lines in the bathroom I broke down in tears. I never thought this day would come. Now to get a little personal.. I never thought I could get pregnant. This was a fear I only shared with my husband, my best friend and my doctor. It was a private and very secret fear. I was one of those rare severley overweight people who didn't have PCOS but still had very irrregular periods and didn't ovulate. Back when I was severely overweight and having irregular periods, I was referred to a doctor that specialized in PCOS. I went through all the tests for PCOS. The ultrasound of my ovaries came back perfect, my hormone levels were perfect as well except for slightly elevated testosterone but that was still in the normal range. My doctor told me that I had no reason I couldn't get pregnant, I just needed to lower my BMI. Still, I had a fear my dream of having a baby with my husband would never come true. You see and hear all the stories of those who also suffer from infertility and its devestating. There were nights I would cry in bed with my husband holding me because I was so scared we would never get pregnant. The day I heard we were pregnant was one of the happiest days of my life. It's hard to believe that we will be meeting our daughter in three short months. #bfp
It's been almost 3 years since my surgery and I'm doing great! I'm 12 lbs above my lowest weight but I'm sitting pretty at 160ish and I feel good. I'd like to lose 10 lbs just to get back to pre pregnancy weight. I make healthy choices as much as as possible but I still have candy. Everything in moderation, right? Now that I'm fully done nursing my daughter, I'd like to focus on really cleaning up my diet and incorporating heavy cardio/weights. Still firmly believe #gastricbypass was the best thing I ever did for myself!
Throwing it back to a time when I thought I was happy. I really was happy, but I didn't understand how much life I was missing out on! I'm so happy I've made life changes and lost the weight. I'm healthier and happier. I'm actually living life instead of watching it go by. #throwbackthursday