In January 2015, I was at dinner with my dad and my dad looked at me in a very fatherly way, not in a mean way, just a fatherly way, he said, 'Have you thought about bariatric surgery?' I said, 'Dad, I really haven't, but Dad, I am going to do it.' ... He said it to me, and it clicked. Then he said, 'Thank you so much, I cannot imagine what it would be like to bury my child.' ... I knew at that moment, my head was in it, my heart was in it, and I knew I was going to do whatever it took to get this surgery approved.
I don't do diets. ...I hate that word. ...I am on a food program, a lifestyle of healthy living and healthy food." Breakfast is a protein shake. She has a colorful salad with salmon for lunch and dinner.
In November, she did her first 5K. In July, she did her first 50K. "During the work week, I bike four to five times per week, spinning. I do two hours of cardio at least four days a week. On the weekends, I run in the pool."
She credits her nutritionist and her surgeon for giving her huge support on her journey.
I don't see things coming my way as challenges anymore. It's been such a breakthrough - my mind and my heart are so strong. .. I don't have bad days anymore, I have harder days.
My life has changed dramatically. ...People tell me I am always smiling; I am radiant, I'm told.