I know I should go way back, far enough back that it would have to start with "I've always been fat." But you can probably fill in the blanks there. Everyone's story is the same, with some variation here and there. I was the "always fat" - there wasn't a change or life event that caused me to put on weight. Life caused me to put on weight. So that's where I am.
I committed myself to losing weight starting in mid-November of 2014. I knew that I was going to look into having surgery but because it's such a long process, I wanted to be proactive and see if I could lose some weight on my own. I'm currently down 19 pounds. I'm not ready yet to share my actual weight - that will come later, maybe.
Stephen and I went to seminar at my surgeon's hospital on January 15th. I can't say that I learned very much, since I've been doing my own research. I did get a good feeling from the surgeon and the patients they had there to discuss their experiences. Stephen commented that he was more at ease with the surgery after the seminar.
My next step is an appointment with a nurse practitioner at the surgeon's office and then it's a 4-6 month process of dieticians, classes, meeting with a psychologist, etc etc. I don't know the finer points of what's required yet but I do know that I'm going to keep trying to lose weight before the surgery.
I guess this is my "before" picture. I'm probably not at my highest weight here but it will do. I'm about 5'4", for reference.
My main challenge will be remaining patient. Once I've decided on something, I want to do it NOW, so I need to keep that in check.