Growing up I always struggled with weight issues. It was a constant battle with my everyday living. While others around me were eating “Snicker” bars, I was always eating protein bars. Since the age of 12, I was on some form of diet. Believe me, I have tried every diet out there, and took any pill to help with weight loss. Nothing seemed to help. At the age of 12, I began the Zone diet and I lost 50 pounds. Yes…I couldn’t believe it. Over time, the weight began to creep back up and I soon gained all my weight back…plus more. I began to give up with diets, because I just couldn’t understand that the harder I tried nothing seemed to help. I always had friends who loved me for “me” and not for my size.
By the time I entered high school I was in a size 16. My weight began to affect my social life. I wasn’t as outgoing as the other girls around me. While others were out buying “skinny” clothes, I was hoping to find something young and stylish in the “plus” sizes. I was so embarrassed to go shopping, because I could never wear the cute name brand clothing everyone else could. When I graduated high school I was in a size 18.
I heard others mention weight loss surgery, and I immediately shut down the idea. I said, ” Never would I do something like that as much as I love to eat.” On November 6th, 2006 I went to the weight loss surgery class. I weighed in at 260 pounds with a BMI of 47. I was shocked and couldn’t believe the number on the scale and how I let my weight get out of control. I spoke with my family and told them that I needed to do this for my health. On February 6th, 2007 my weight loss surgery began by having Gastric Bypass. I was 18 years old, so this was a big life style commitment that I had made.
My life has changed completely for the best since surgery. I now eat to live, not live to eat. I have lost a total of 120 pounds and dropped from a size 20 to a size 6. I am more active and my life doesn’t revolve around food. So many people ask me would I do this all over and the answer is YES!!!! It’s not just a diet, but this is a lifestyle change. After all I am still the same Brittany I have always been, just smaller and healthier. I thank God for all the wonderful support and help I received along the way.