1 year ago today I made a HUGE life altering decision and had Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Mexico. 115 pounds lighter my stomach wasn’t the only thing I left in Mexico. I also left behind the old me with some bad eating habits, a very painful knee, and sitting on the sidelines while watching my kids ride bikes.
It has not been an easy path!
No one tells you that strangers and family will grant themselves permission to critique your physical appearance. *Thanks for noting that my hips aren’t as wide.
That navigating the grocery store will cause you to forget that you no longer eat donuts and then be sad when you get in the car and realize you can’t have it.
They don’t put in the book that your hair will fall out and your son will flick the extra skin under your arms like a game.
You are told how great it will be when you buy smaller clothes! They first time I bought new jeans I was excited! The 3rd time I bought smaller jeans I was wishing jeans didn’t cost so much…
BUT don’t let that get you down!
I am stronger, healthier, and happier!
Mexico kept my stomach and they also kept my title of: “the fat friend”, “the girl with the pretty face”, they kept the pain in my knees, and some of my lack of self confidence.
Mexico can celebrate that they took my stomach and gave be back a life lived full and well; serving my family and others, working on the farm with more ease, and running full steam ahead to see what other adventures life throws our way!