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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One Response to Life before the Weight Loss Surgery

  1. kelly says:

    Hi Jeff,
    Thanks for telling your story. I am rally interested in more about your life before weight loss. the issues you listed above, could you please explain them more, especially in buying clothing and personal interaction relationships. which issues influences you most and made you decide to lost weight. I would appreciate if you could reply this comment. Thank you so much.

    Best ,

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