I began my transformation on April 13, 2009 when I underwent Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery. At this time, I weighed my heaviest. I was 5'9, 330 pounds. I had a registered bodyfat of 52%...This means that over half of my body was FAT! Not only was this a major concern for my heart and other major organs, but my joints and muscles were constantly aching from carrying the massive amount of weight. Aside from my body going downhill, I, like most overweight people, became very depressed. When I started my research, I started to feel like there was no hope. The first thing I was told was to figure out my BMI.
I had done this many times before, as I have "yo-yo dieted" my entire life. The first slap in the face was finding that this time, I did not even fit on the BMI Chart. I was seeing words like, "fat, over fat, obese, super obese, morbidly obese" and it stung each time I read them...only this time, there were no words to describe what I was. You see, at 52% bodyfat, the BMI chart makers must think you're a lost cause, because once I looked up my height, I started to scan over to find my weight and the chart stopped before I ever reached it!
My wife and I began discussing different options before going with Weight Loss Surgery. I have tried just about every diet known to man...Weight Watchers, Atkins, The Warrior Diet, Southbeach, The Soup Diet, CKD/TKD diets, Starvation, Refeeds, you name it, I've done it. I could usually stick to a fad diet for about 6-8 weeks and lose about 50lbs, only to regain about 70lbs each time!
One night, following a dinner with my entire family, my sister took a picture of me and my beautiful niece, Emma. What she didn't realize, was how important this one, single picture would be. Once she sent it to me, I couldn't look away. Was this what I've become? How could I have gone this long without ever doing something about it!? WHY CAN'T I LOSE WEIGHT!? It was right then and there that I told my wife I was ready to go forward with weight loss surgery. I made the initial consulation the next morning.
My job as a Police Officer is very rewarding but very demanding. I can recall countless times where I was in a situation where I prayed, "God, PLEASE don't let this guy run" for fear of knowing that at any time, anyone could get away from me. I started feeling ashamed to show up to work, knowing at any moment, my health would fade and I wouldn't be able to help my fellow brothers in need...
I decided to contact Dr. Paul Enochs of Bariatric Specialists of North Carolina. From there, I chose what surgery would work best for me!
The surgery was a success! The weight started to come off and for me, seeing was believing! It became easier and easier to adapt to a healthier lifestyle now that the pounds were coming off.
I started losing more and more weight and eventually underwent a second surgery to take care of the loose skin I had developed. Recovering from this surgery was exhausting to say the least.
After everything was said and done, I had become the exact opposite of what I was, and nothing like I had imagined...
Once I realized what I needed to do, I sat down and began to write questions that I demanded answers to. What I found, was that I was the only person who had undergone a weight loss surgery and then