Marcus’s Weight Loss Story
October 22, 2018
Pre-surgery, I was 400 lbs at my heaviest. I had sleep Apnea. It was so bad, I found myself feeling sleepy all the time. I was waking up every 2 or so hours at night having to go to the bathroom. I found myself very lazy and low energy. It was starting to be so depressing. I could not find clothes to fit anymore. I had gotten up to size 5 XL and 6 XL in shirts and 46-48 in the waist, and sometimes that can be rather difficult and expensive to find clothes when you are 6 feet 5 inches tall.
The process was ongoing from about 2012-2013 when I started gaining a lot of weight. I was traveling all the time with my kids for sports, and I was eating fast food while on the road all the time. Over time, I let myself go and stop exercising, always making excuses of why I couldn’t go and exercise.
One summer, after taking a cruise and seeing myself in photos, I said to myself, “WOW. This is it. I have to do something, or I won’t be here much longer.” So for about 2 years, I contemplated with the idea of having weight loss surgery. I talked it over with my wife, and from the jump, she said I should do what I thought was best for me. So I decided to have the surgery.
Post-surgery, I immediately felt better. I saw the weight dropping and knew that I wanted to lose more. I started exercising and really started watching how and what I ate. I followed the weight loss surgery protocol as close as possible and decided to make life changes.
I now exercise (treadmill, steps, light weights, etc.) at least 3 to 4 times a week. I have so much more energy now and feel really confident in myself and my appearance. I get so many compliments now, and I can really see the hard work paying off. It really is a lifestyle change once you have the surgery.
I am sure my phone gets tired of all the selfies that I take now after exercising, but I do it so that I can remind myself of how hard I have worked. I look back at the old me and see that I NEVER want to go back to that size ever again. I don’t weigh myself often, but at my last weigh-in I was 285 lbs. My clothes tell me exactly what I am doing and how I look and feel. It is an everyday struggle, but it is a struggle that I don’t mind taking. I know that I made a change on June 15, 2015 (surgery date) for the better, and it has change my life completely.