My name is Elizabeth and I am at my highest weight: 237.8. I was never an overweight child or teen, but after I got on birth control pills at the age of 20, I started gaining weight.
I lost and gained weight throughout the years, and after the birth of my last child, I was never able to get below 200lbs.
I decided to eat healthy, went to the gym, worked with a personal trainer; did the Atkins diet, the south beach diet and tried weight watchers.
I lost weight with each diet, only to gain it back each time. My mother is morbidly obese (290lbs), and my fear is that I will continue to gain 20lbs a year and by the time I reach 50, I will be exactly like her.
I am now pre-diabetic, and 2 1/2 years ago I had a hip replacement because of arthritis in my hip. I am now experiencing the same pain in the other hip. (For every 3 pounds I gain, it puts an 11lb stress on the new hip and it may cause the hip replacement to stop working within a few years. 2nd hip replacement have less than 60% rate of working.)
All of these health conditions finally convinced me that I have to find the best solution for my weight problem. November 23rd, I meet the surgeon to discuss Bariartic surgery.