Brittany Nicholson / Jewelery Butron
I first noticed I was heavier than other girls of my age at the beginning of high school. I got about 25 pounds the summer before and went at the first day at around £ 175. Although never knowing that much weight in such a short amount of time, I didn't feel like I was exposed because of My size.
This really took a turn a few months later, though. I was 16 and experienced a terrible stomach. A medical examination I validated ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal imbalance that affects ovaries.
In my case, the pain is caused by a ruptured cyst. As a result, in order to regulate my symptoms and menstrual cycle, I was required to have a birth control shot administered to me every three months for the foreseeable future. I soon realized, though, that I was way hungry than ever before since I started shooting.
During my first three years of birth control, I went from weighing £ 175 to weighing 250.
I couldn't stop comparing my body to the other girls and I wanted to make a change. So, I tried diet programs including Jenny Craig and Nutrisist, or I would eat in a dramatic calorie deficit limiting up to 500 calories a day while hitting the gym with my father about three times a week. But I was uncomfortable and practicing methods that are not sustainable for me. No matter what I tried, I never saw the results, so I'd give up before trying again a few months later – and then giving up again.
Frustrated, I thought: What is the point of trying to be healthy if my weight is not growing anyway? I finished my days with fast food. For example, in college, I spent some time in classes, my work, and my internship at the driveway to pick up a quick meal. My routine was soon to eat around 3,000 calories of greasy food and drink two or three sodas a day. And by the time I was at school, about £ 285, I would have given up trying to lose weight. I was busy, plus, nothing I'd done before worked anyway.
After graduating from 25, I went to my doctor to discuss weight-loss plans.
He mentioned surgery, which was something I never thought before. I basically wrote this off because it seemed like a dramatic option. I can only cut back on soda and try to live a healthier lifestyle instead of paying a large amount to go under the knife.
So, I gave a lifestyle change to one shot. I stopped getting the birth control shot, since I believed to be responsible for my weight gain. I committed to eating healthier foods and exercising. I was happy to see that I lost some weight, but then my CIS came back and I had to get back on the birth control. I tried other birth controls to see if they could affect my hunger levels differently, but I soon realized that the shot was my best option. But my weight back up 280 pounds, so I decided that surgical-vertical surgery-made me feel like it.
Preparations for my surgery including six months of supervised nutrition and exercise classes.
These courses ensure I maintain a healthy lifestyle after getting an operation head. I got surgery in September 2018 and have removed 80 percent of my stomach, meaning I'm feeling much better.
During my first six months I lost £ 80 post-app. Since I was still adjusting to the new size of my stomach, I was limited to eating about six of us a day at first. Month by month, I was able to add more and more food to my diet.
A lot of people who get this operation go back to eating pork foods and gaining back the weight they've been losing. But I was determined to put in the work required to finally see a change in my body. I eat when I'm full and I eat treats in moderation. I eat about 1,000 calories a day (which is good for my stomach size), do intermittent fasting and restrict my intake.
A day of meals usually look like this to me:
- Breakfast (noon): Shake yoghurt and fruit or a protein
- Lunch: Chicken or ground turkey with cheese and cauliflower or broccoli
- Dinner: Chicken or ground turkey with fruit or spaghetti
Even if it's not an intensive workout, I'm sure to do exercise every day too: I'm doing Orangethey, a high-intensity training class that consists of cardio workouts and strength training four times a week. And I also work in the gym (Planet fitness) once or twice a week. Plus, I take a long walk with my dog every day.
Although it may seem like some people, the weight loss operation is * not the easy way out.
I no longer feel like my life turns around. For me, seeing how surgery helped change my body gave me the motivation I needed to be consistently well-instead of falling into fad diets and then giving them up.
I want people to understand, especially my followers of the program, that surgery does not make weight loss a less valid and maintaining lifestyle changes require tons of focus, hard work, and sacrifice.