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

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

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