After Weight Loss Surgery I See Myself in a Totally Different Light

By now, I am sure you have seen my most recent photo. I have to be honest, I really liked the pictures. That is saying a lot when it comes to me. I could dodge a camera quicker than you can imagine. In my last blog, I referred to steps as a Chinese ancient torture device. Well, the camera was just as offensive! Anytime I saw a picture of myself I would pick out each and every flaw. I fixed my hair, put my makeup on and would think I looked pretty okay. I was passable. I wasn’t beautiful, I was passable.

But today, when I saw the pictures, I saw myself for the first time in a totally different light. I looked pretty. I am still in awe of my reaction to my last photos.

Why are we so harsh on ourselves? For most of us, we are our biggest critic. I think we have to sit back and remember that we all come in different shapes and sizes. If you are not happy where you fit with your shape and size, make a change. I am so grateful that I took the chance to become a healthier me. Looking good on the outside has most certainly given me more confidence, but knowing that I will not develop the illnesses that I saw my father go through is the BEST perk!

I am officially ten months out from my sleeve gastrectomy and have lost 93 pounds! It goes without saying that my next goal is to reach that 100 mark. I am not sure how I want to celebrate that day. In the past, that celebration would have involved food. Now, I would rather celebrate by taking a “jog” around the football field. I put those quotation marks there because my jog might also be referred to as really fast walking (that made me laugh). One day at a time, one step at a time and one pound at a time!

I am going to leave you with my son’s philosophy of life that I have come to adopt:  Dream as if you will live forever and live as if you will die today.  I have certainly learned a beautiful lesson from his joy of life and I hope that you have too!

-Written by Diana Naanaa, LPN, Division of Bariatrics, Sinai Hospital

To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained physicians and find out why LifeBridge Health is Baltimore's premier health care organization, call 410-601-WELL.

Print this entry

1 Response

  1. Bettina
    You look wonderful and HEALTHY! Congratulations on your continued success!

Leave a comment

*

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

LinkedId

Instagram

Follow Me on Instagram
  • A great evening at Springwell Senior Living, one of #LifeBridgeHealth's newest partners. Members of our team recently joined residents and families for Springwell's third annual "Partners in Health Care Fair." Among the departments in attendance: outpatient pharmacy, Levindale physical therapy, @lifebridgefit, HomeCare Maryland, marketing and population health. Thanks to everyone who attended! #Baltimore #Maryland #healthcare #seniorliving #community

    lifebridgehealth: "A great evening at Springwell Senior Living, one of #LifeBridgeHealth's newest partners. Members of our team recently joined residents and families for Springwell's third annual "Partners in Health Care Fair." Among the departments in attendance: outpatient pharmacy, Levindale physical therapy, @lifebridgefit, HomeCare Maryland, marketing and population health. Thanks to everyone who attended! #Baltimore #Maryland #healthcare #seniorliving #community"
    14
    1
  • #Repost @councilmanyitzy ・・・ While door knocking in the Pimlico neighborhood over a year ago, I learned that many kids did not have access to books. I pledged to bring books to where the kids are. Tonight we delivered on that promise. It was an honor to rollout the little free library 📚 initiative with @lifebridgehealth & @phrenaissance tonight in the Pimlico neighborhood. #promiseskept #books #littlefreelibrary #baltiMORE #commUNITY #wecandobetter

    lifebridgehealth: "#Repost @councilmanyitzy ・・・
While door knocking in the Pimlico neighborhood over a year ago, I learned that many kids did not have access to books. I pledged to bring books to where the kids are. Tonight we delivered on that promise. It was an honor to rollout the little free library 📚 initiative with @lifebridgehealth & @phrenaissance tonight in the Pimlico neighborhood. #promiseskept #books #littlefreelibrary #baltiMORE #commUNITY #wecandobetter"
    17
    0
  • #LifeBridgeHealth is celebrating #SpiritDay! Employees from Sinai Community Care OB/GYN wore purple and took the Spirit Day Pledge to support LGBTQ family members and friends who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. #Baltimore #Maryland #hospital #sinaihospital

    lifebridgehealth: "#LifeBridgeHealth is celebrating #SpiritDay! Employees from Sinai Community Care OB/GYN wore purple and took the Spirit Day Pledge to support LGBTQ family members and friends who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. #Baltimore #Maryland #hospital #sinaihospital"
    16
    0
  • Congratulations to these #SinaiHospital employees who received recognition through the iCARE program, which gives patients the opportunity to recognize employees for providing excellent care and service. #PatientExperience director Katie Starkey delivered the good news to these deserving team members. See more pics on our Facebook page! #Baltimore #Maryland #hospital #healthcare #patientcare

    lifebridgehealth: "Congratulations to these #SinaiHospital employees who received recognition through the iCARE program, which gives patients the opportunity to recognize employees for providing excellent care and service. #PatientExperience director Katie Starkey delivered the good news to these deserving team members. See more pics on our Facebook page! #Baltimore #Maryland #hospital #healthcare #patientcare"
    14
    1
  • Seeing is believing, and this team from the Krieger Eye Institute definitely "walks the walk" when it comes to supporting our communities. They recently laced up their sneakers to participate in the annual walk to support the @amdiabetesassn. #LifeBridgeHealth #stopdiabetes #diabetes #health #maryland #baltimore

    lifebridgehealth: "Seeing is believing, and this team from the Krieger Eye Institute definitely "walks the walk" when it comes to supporting our communities. They recently laced up their sneakers to participate in the annual walk to support the @amdiabetesassn. #LifeBridgeHealth #stopdiabetes #diabetes #health #maryland #baltimore"
    20
    0
  • Today’s the big day! The 12th annual #SaveALimb Fund Fest is underway! Many thanks to our participants and volunteers for their show of support for a very worthy cause—patients in need at the Rubin Institute of Advanced #Orthopedics at #SinaiHospital. We’ll be sharing pictures from today’s event, so stay tuned! #Baltimore #Maryland #giveback

    lifebridgehealth: "Today’s the big day! The 12th annual #SaveALimb Fund Fest is underway! Many thanks to our participants and volunteers for their show of support for a very worthy cause—patients in need at the Rubin Institute of Advanced #Orthopedics at #SinaiHospital. We’ll be sharing pictures from today’s event, so stay tuned! #Baltimore #Maryland #giveback"
    14
    0
  • #Repost @carroll_hospital #lifebridgehealth ・・・ The CDC says, "Your best shot is the flu shot." #fluvaccine #fluseason #getyourflushot #healthcare

    lifebridgehealth: "#Repost @carroll_hospital #lifebridgehealth ・・・
The CDC says, "Your best shot is the flu shot." #fluvaccine #fluseason #getyourflushot #healthcare"
    9
    0
  • @wbaltv11 Baltimore recently interviewed this Eagle Scout who is volunteering his time to help children at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at #SinaiHospital. You can find out why on WBAL-TV's 5pm news on Wednesday, October 11. #Baltimore #Maryland #healthcare #hospital #childrenshospital #eaglescout

    lifebridgehealth: "@wbaltv11 Baltimore recently interviewed this Eagle Scout who is volunteering his time to help children at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital at #SinaiHospital. You can find out why on WBAL-TV's 5pm news on Wednesday, October 11. #Baltimore #Maryland #healthcare #hospital #childrenshospital #eaglescout"
    27
    1
  • #NorthwestHospital leaders recently welcomed Governor General Sir Rodney Williams of #Antigua and #Barbuda (second from left,) and his delegation to the hospital. Dr. Ronald Ginsberg presented the governor and his wife with a $2,500 gift from the Northwest Medical Staff to support the #hurricane relief effort. Northwest has a longstanding relationship with the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. #hurricanerelief

    lifebridgehealth: "#NorthwestHospital leaders recently welcomed Governor General Sir Rodney Williams of #Antigua and #Barbuda (second from left,) and his delegation to the hospital. Dr. Ronald Ginsberg presented the governor and his wife with a $2,500 gift from the Northwest Medical Staff to support the #hurricane relief effort. Northwest has a longstanding relationship with the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. #hurricanerelief"
    23
    0
  • Did you know that #SinaiHospital is a Level 2 #trauma center? Following the tragedy in #LasVegas, members of the trauma team spoke with WBAL-TV about how hospitals plan and prepare for emergency events. Watch for the story on WBAL-TV's 5 & 6 pm news. #ER #Emergency #Plan #EmergencyPlan #Prepare #Hospital #Healthcare #LifeBridgeHealth

    lifebridgehealth: "Did you know that #SinaiHospital is a Level 2 #trauma center? Following the tragedy in #LasVegas, members of the trauma team spoke with WBAL-TV about how hospitals plan and prepare for emergency events. Watch for the story on WBAL-TV's 5 & 6 pm news. #ER #Emergency #Plan #EmergencyPlan #Prepare #Hospital #Healthcare #LifeBridgeHealth"
    19
    0