“I am 49 years old. Between the ages of 23 & 47 I weighed anywhere between 250-280 pounds, fluctuating with feeble attempts at dieting. Before I knew it, I could not walk up steps without my knees and hips aching. I couldn’t exercise because I couldn’t breathe and everything hurt—knees, hips, back and shoulders. I was on medicine for diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol and pain. Finally in February of 2015, I had gastric bypass surgery. Many think this is the easy way out—after landing in the ICU and staying an extra week for surgery complications, I can assure anyone this was not the easy way. I lost 110 pounds and now take no medicine at all!
I started walking slowly a month after surgery. By summer I was able to walk 3 miles; November I was walking 5-6 miles. In February of 2016, I was complaining about how long it takes to walk, easily 2-3 hours. After using the elliptical for an hour, I decided to try and run. It wasn’t much, but I was very surprised that my knee did not, in fact, EXPLODE! I felt good! I tried it again that week and did 3 miles in 45 minutes, which was unbelievable. Three months later, I ran my first 5K with my year old daughter. Could not believe I made it, and I have never looked back. My motto is “Not Fast, But Not Last”. Love this new life! Never give up! “