I have struggled, off and on, for much of my life, with weight and associated health issues. I have tried nearly every diet known to man, and some, rather unorthodox. I am familiar with Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Opti-Fast, and, finally, weight loss surgery, most specifically, gastric bypass surgery.
I understand the impact that extra weight can have on one’s life, socially, economically, behaviorally, medically, and even in professional ways. I also understand what it is to be diagnosed with multiple health issues, i.e., as the doctors call it, comorbidity, such as Type II Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Asthma, bone and joint issues and diseases, COPD, and, I believe my personal understanding of many of these issues makes me an empathetic and kind listener. Rather than just saying, “I understand how you feel…” I actually DO understand, and indeed, know how you feel.
During my personal journey, I’ve become convinced of a mind and body connection, and have been working on achieving “balance” in all aspects of my life. My physical health is tied into my emotional and mental health, and I find it impossible to separate these states of health from each other. I’ve lost over 100 pounds from Roux en Y Gastric Bypass Surgery in June 2013, and am now very active with hiking and slow meanders with my therapy dog, Winnie! I am in the process of successfully navigating the weight loss battle and am coming out on the other side, and am eager to join you on your own personal journey towards emotional, physical and mental health.