Published on April 13, 2016

Bucket List Moments

By Tina, professional, wife, mom, and bariatric patient

Tina and her dolphinI crossed something off my bucket list last month when I swam with the dolphins in beautiful, tropical Mexico!

Not only was the dolphin excursion an unforgettable experience, but my entire trip was so much fun! For the first time in a very long time, I felt comfortable in a swimsuit--and in my own skin.

It’s been over a year now since my gastric bypass surgery, and I truly know what it feels like to be at a healthy weight. At 140 lbs., my body and mind are connected (yes, I just told you my weight--and you know that age and weight are two of a woman’s most sacred pieces of information!). I no longer see a chubby girl when I look in the mirror, and I can do so much more today than I could 5, 10, even 20 years ago.

So, what’s so different about life after bariatric surgery for me?

A New Lease on Life

Now I start my mornings off with a 3-mile run at the gym vs. starting my day off with a donut. I also do some yoga and strength training--and whether by having my sister as a workout buddy at the gym or joining my coworker-friends for lunchtime workouts, physical activity is now an important part of my life.

Not only is it much easier and much more fun, my workout buddies help me stay motivated and accountable. If I skip a workout, I’ll be missed and I’ll be asked. But, most importantly, if I skip a workout, I miss it--and that’s a good thing!

I feel strong and am so proud of ME--for being committed to maintaining my weight by using my tool correctly. For being more confident because I look great and feel great on the outside AND the inside. For being the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. For knowing that it’s not selfish to carve out time from my busy schedule to exercise every day--in fact, it’s necessary.

My Bucket List Is Still Evolving

You didn't come this far to only come this farI have plenty of other things on my bucket list. I hope to run a marathon someday. I hope to travel to all of my dream vacation spots. Most of all, I hope to enjoy a long, healthy, and happy life, and having this surgery has greatly increased my odds of making that happen.

Another thing on my bucket list? To make a difference in the lives of others by sharing my experience and passion for what bariatric surgery has done for me. And, I suppose I could consider losing the weight a bucket list item, because for so long it was only something I dreamed of doing. It just wasn’t my reality.

What’s on your bucket list? Maybe it’s some of the things I’ve already mentioned, or possibly something like skydiving or learning a second language.

But, maybe you should put finding that healthier, leaner person inside of you at the top of your list, because I promise you that he or she is in there.

What are you waiting for? Contact the Genesis Center for Weight Management to learn how bariatric surgery can help you. Let today be the beginning of a new and brighter tomorrow--I’m so glad I did!

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