As you may have noticed, I disappeared for 5 years. I’d love to say that in that time I lost all my excess weight, but that would be a lie. In truth, I’ve gained about 15 more pounds and am officially at my wit’s end.
Somewhere in the last 2 years, I developed heel spurs in both my heels, along with chronic Achilles tendonitis in both as well. So any grand plans for getting better at exercising (I even joined a gym last year), kind of went right out the window. Walking, or even standing, is pretty excruciating a good bit of the time, which of course, limits the sorts of exercising that I can do – I mean, it’s hard anyways, at this weight, and generally, walking is recommended, but when you can’t even do that, it really sucks. I’ve seen several doctors about the issues and none of them have been very helpful. A lot of… well it should clear up if you lose weight… but no real suggestions on how to do that properly, if I can’t actually exercise.
I came to the realization recently however, that if I keep on the way that I am, I’m going to be wheelchair-bound within the next year or so, and with an active 16-year old autistic son, this is not an outcome that I can accept. After much consideration, I’ve decided to have bariatric surgery. It’s not an ideal solution, and the idea of having to take nutritional supplements for the rest of my life seems like a daunting prospect, but I just don’t see any other way. It’s clear that regular diet and exercise aren’t going to work (I’ve been eating less, cutting out sweets/sodas. etc… without much success) so taking more drastic measures are all that is left to me.
I do have to spend the next 4 months on a fairly restrictive diet, due to my insurance requirements, and I can’t gain any weight during that time. Once my insurance does approve everything, my doctor is going to do a DS Switch. Anyways… I will be documenting my whoos and woes here as journey on my way.
Starting weight: 390 pounds.