Jack over at Jack Sh*t Gets Fit is doing a series on Why I Do This Here or W.I.D.T.H. and I submitted these pictures to him. It was not an easy task but if I can save one person from the heartache I have endured then it was all worth it.

I have been overweight the majority of my life. In the past, when I attended social gatherings, people did not bock when I had a heaping plate and went back for seconds. When I went to a friend’s house for dinner, they would serve me a portion equal to or greater then a grown mans portion. It seemed normal at the time.

As my weight went up and up, I became more reclusive and depressed. It was a sad, sad time of my life. I think one of the things that snapped me out of it and made me realize that I had to do something was when one of my friends sat me down and said “Katie, I care about you and would like to see you around for years to come but if you don’t do something about your weight, you are going to die” D-I-E as in DEAD as in no more time on this planet and it was because of what I had done to myself.

It was harsh and I hated hearing it but I was SO thankful that someone cared enough to say it. In the deepest, darkest moments I didn’t really care if I lived or died. How sad is that?? How could I have let myself get so heavy? How did I get over 300 lbs.? I felt worthless, like a burden to my friends/family and hopeless. I was just wallowing in misery yet I did nothing about it. Something clicked though. I think between my Dr. telling me that WLS was my only option and my friends telling me they don’t want me to DIE woke me and got me motivated to lose the weight once and for all. That and all the pills, insulin and the CPAP machine as shown above.

People, these are the effects of Morbid Obesity

Now you may wonder why this time it’s different. Well, in the past I was on a diet of one kind or another and was always unsuccessful. This time I basically had to relearn how to eat, especially portion control. I had to do something that would be sustainable for the rest of my life. I basically had to make peace with food. Having the bodybugg has given me information that I can use daily to help keep myself on track. Also blogging has also been an integral part of my success. The wealth of knowledge out there, the caring and kindness that I have received from this blog can’t be expressed with mere words. I LOVE YOU GUYS and thank you from the bottom of my heart for sticking by me, reading and rooting me on.