Chelsea's Story

I remember when the scale first said that I weighed over 200lbs. I told myself “That’s it, don’t let it get to 300 lbs.” I have struggled with my weight all my life, trying multiple diet and exercise programs, but I was never able to keep the weight off. In May of 2015, I hit my highest weight of 310lbs and at first, I was in denial. I kept thinking that I don’t feel like someone who weighs that much. However, the more I thought about it the more I realized that my body was tired. My back hurt, my knees hurt – I was getting short of breath just walking to my car in the parking lot. I also had terrible self-esteem and felt disgusted that I had let myself get that bad. Fortunately, I did not have any weight-related health problems - yet. Heart disease runs in my family and I knew that I needed to do something before my weight and my health was more out of control.

I attended a bariatric seminar in June of 2015. I made the decision to have the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. I knew that it would be hard but I finally felt ready to make a commitment to my health. I was very fortunate to have a great support system. Without my family and the tools that I received from the Covenant Bariatric & Metabolic Center I would not have been able to go through with the surgery. I now log all of my food and try to make better choices when it comes to what I eat (protein first!). One of my goals was to walk a 5k after surgery. I had surgery 10 months ago and since then I have walked three 5ks. My next goal is to run an entire 5k from start to finish – which is a goal I would never have thought possible but now feels within reach. I lost weight, but I gained my life back. I have more energy and feel better about myself. I continue to work on my diet and exercise every day and will continue the commitment I made to better my health for the rest of my life.