On May 2 2017, due to numerous serious health issues and following the same path of my mother who passed away at 53 in 2000, I underwent roux en y gastric bypass surgery.

I’ve heard before that this is taking the easy way out.  Well, I am here to tell you it has been far from easy.  Prior to surgery, I started to change my diet and my mind set to a new healthy way of living.  I have done this many times in the past but my body would always fight against me and whatever weight I lost, I would gain it back, a vicious cycle. My endocrinologist advised me this cycle would continue to happen unless I had surgery.

I have a very strict diet I follow right now.  My new stomach is the size of an egg and can only hold 2-4 tablespoons at a time which means 500-800 calories a day.  Eventually my stomach will expand and I will be able to hold a half a cup of food (a normal stomach can hold 5-6 cups).  I walk daily and soon I will be able to start lifting weights which I am so excited about!

I am thankful every day that I continue to get healthier.  I am surprised and amazed how much energy I have and how my attitude has changed.    I no longer have type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and I am only a little over a month post-op.  My next goal to tackle is to get rid of my CPAP machine which I need to use nightly for my severe sleep apnea.

Through my rigorous weight management routine, I was 25 pounds down before surgery and now am 25 pounds down since my surgery date.  I am shocked daily with the transformation but, most of all, I am happy I have taken my life back and will be around for a long time for my 9 year old son and my very supportive husband.

I am so thankful for all the support I have received at work, with friends and family. It makes my journey so much easier.

I will continue to give updates in my future Rock Harbour Wealth Management blogs.

Yours in good health,