Health & Wellness Magazine Live + Thrive Magazine - Summer 2018 - Page 7

AT HOME WITH @Rosemarie_Fit ONE WOMAN'S GUIDE TO BARIATRIC SUCCESS MEET ROSEMARIE. After a trip to Sweden had her feeling that her weight gain over the years brought on by emotional eating was affecting her ability to get the most out of life, she finally decided to do something about it. Something that has helped her lose and keep off almost 90 pounds. We asked Rosemarie to share her experience with a type of surgery that may just turn your life around as well. Q: So Rosemarie, can you give us a little bit of background about your story? Rosemarie (R): I struggled with my weight since I was about 12 years old. For a brief period in my high school years, I was a normal weight, only because I basically stopped eating. I would eat one meal a day. Slowly, throughout my 20's, I packed on weight. Had struggled with a number of diets, personal trainers, and other strategies. I entered my 30's obese, and after a lot of restarting diets and failing, finally decided that I had had enough and needed help. I booked a consultation with [a] local bariatric surgeon and decided to go for it and take a leap of faith. It was the best decision of my life. That was December 2015, now about two and a half years out from the surgery, which was called vertical sleeve gastrectomy. It removed 75 percent of my stomach, leaving me with a stomach the size and shape of a banana. Since then, I’ve lost about 88 pounds. Q: R: What was your inspiration for getting the surgery? My inspiration stemmed mainly from a feeling that I had wasted my 20s. I found it difficult to live with that thought. In [my] 30s, I was lonely, felt like I had missed out on a lot. I had this problem with obesity that I was simply ready to move on from, and I didn’t want to live with and think about it anymore. I had a wakeup call when I visited a friend in Sweden in summer 2015 at my highest weight, 255 pounds. In Sweden, most people walk everywhere, and I remember walking around being miserable and in pain just from walking. I thought to myself, “You can’t keep living this way.” 7