Life before the Weight Loss Surgery

I thought I had better write about my issues prior to having Vertical Gasrectomy weight loss surgery.  In 2003 I was at my heaviest of 392 pounds. I normally don’t have a problem with my weight, but I started to grow concerned. I decided to diet, I had never wanted to diet but decided I better. I went on the Atkins low/no carb diet.  Over the course of 8 months I lost 71 pounds.  I was feeling better than 392 but still not right. Then I had an opportunity to move with the company and moved to Redding, CA.  I could never get back on track, I would say over the next 3-5 months I gained 30ish pounds back. Then July of 2004 I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy/congestive heart failure (CHF).  I went on special care and medications.  Did okay under care but never again did I feel 100%.  I was fatigued a lot and my back and knees were killing me.  Joints hurting was nothing compared to cardiomyopothy and congestive heart failure. Then May 2005 I had a serious heart problem. Wound up in the hospital for 5 weeks. See August 7, 2005 blog entry for more details.

Lets list problems associated to weight.

Joints hurting and deteriorating
Major Heart issues – Cardiomyopothy and Congestive Heart Failure
Sleep Apnea
Always Fatigued
Kids embarrassed with size of Dad
Had to buy special clothes (5XL in shirts, 50+ in pants)
Well that is life before weight loss surgery. We will see what happens over the next few months.

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