"What is she gonna talk about now?"

Basically, I've always been the "fat friend", the "fat cousin", the "fat ____" you fill in the blank. Started gaining when I was young, around 8 or 9 years old. From then on I just kept getting bigger and bigger. I can diet and lose weight, but I can't keep it off by myself. I did this surgery to feel better. To be healthier. To give myself a chance to live longer. I want to know what it feels like to walk the mall without breathing hard and feeling like I'm gonna keel over! I want to ride bikes with my family. I'm going to be successful this time.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Post-Op Bucket List

Most post-ops have a list of things they hope to do after surgery, mostly things a large person either has a hard time doing or cannot do at all with all the weight they carry. It's not just a wish list. It's a goal list...a great motivation!  Most of these things are everyday things that thin, able-bodied people take for granted. I can't wait to start marking off the list! 

1. To walk up my stairs without pain in my knees.  DONE!

2. To walk even a short distance without being short of breath.  DONE!

3. Keep up with my husband or kids when we are out.

4. To stand for a long period without pain.

5. Be off insulin and to at least cut down on other meds.   DONE!

6. Cut down my risk of heart attack and stroke.

7. Bike with my guys.

8. Cross my legs.

9. Have the energy to do daily chores, cleaning without being in pain and exhaustion.

10. Fit in one airplane seat without an extender.

11. Ride amusement park rides with my husband.

12. Fit in a regular lawn chair.

13. Buy clothes off the rack instead of special ordering.

14. Have a smaller shoe size.

15. Not be "the fat friend".

16. Actually enjoy exercise.

17. Have a smaller ring size.

18. Spend a day hiking without feeling like I'm going to die.

19. Increase my chances of living longer.

20. Sit comfortably in and be able to get up and out of the bathtub.

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