I Lost 230lbs But Can Surgery Fix My Excess Skin? | BRAND NEW ME

before I started my journey I remember waking up every morning thinking when's that day I'm not going to wake up due to how heavy I was I weighed in at 414 pounds and if I didn't make a change there was gonna be no more no oil I wasn't gonna be here anymore I've lost 234 pounds I have quite a bit of excess skin I don't feel very normal in 3 weeks I'll be having skin removal surgery I am very very nervous I'm about to go boom seen a little bit [Music] [Applause] throughout my childhood I was a gymnast so I was very very active my coaches were very strict with our eating habits anytime I would indulge they could see the next day in my performance and they would punish us when I quit gymnastics I was able to enjoy all the foods that I wasn't able to enjoy during my training so I overindulged and continued to overindulge that then turned into 15 almost 20 years of me abusing food a little different or a lot different when I met Kristin in 2004 I was around 325 pounds at that time someone had some moves huh you had a little bit of moves back then not the same person no I knew I wanted to become a mother we struggled quite a bit we tried for years and still could not become pregnant that caused just for my weight to spiral even more the weight just piled on I ended up over 350 pounds we had two failed adoptions and I hit almost 400 pounds at that point and then we decided to go an alternate route and that was through DCs in foster care to adopt our children we were successful and adopted four amazing children and then became pregnant two years after the adoption I was pretty proud in that moment I was excited yeah about six months before I started my journey I remember waking up every morning thinking oh my gosh I woke up I'm alive when's that day I'm not gonna wake up due to how heavy I was my weight held me back from everything I struggled walking I struggled putting my shoes on I struggled taking my kids anywhere six months waking up every day thinking you're lucky to be alive and I thought I am so lost though I have to lose over 200 pounds here how can I possibly do this I decided to face this Gail got home step in the scale the scale read error okay needs new batteries right surely put in new batteries stepped on it again at red error again I look up the scale max way element was 408 pounds it's in no way there's no way I hit 400 pounds back in my head I knew because of how miserable I'd never been this miserable before and sure enough we ordered another scale and I weighed in at 414 pounds and I was devastated my heart sank and I knew if I didn't make a change in that moment there was gonna be no more Noelle I wasn't gonna be here anymore the beginning of my journey I really focused on my nutrition for the first 11 months we used to not eat as well back then three or four times a week we right yeah but now we're eating better and once I got to a 200 pound weight loss I realized it was time to start working out I had all of this energy becoming that active after years a you know sitting on the couch was oh my gosh the high that I got from being at the gym was incredible she's just very determined you know she's always in here always working always trying to get a little bit better every time I see her she's a little bit more determined a little bit more just more of a purpose she's on a mission I went from being a mobile to very mobile and now the skies are blue I've lost 234 pounds and 14 months [Applause] [Music] I am very proud of myself I am very body-positive of however of course I have natural insecurities with the skin in three weeks I'll be having skin removal surgery just to not have to tuck it in all the time you know when I'm working out the skin slides right out during my workouts out of my pants I'll be having an extended arm lift so he'll be cutting me off from here all the way down into my armpit and then an extended tummy tuck which is going to go from hip to hip where he'll pull down all of my slough skin here and then I'm having a breast reduction and a breast lift to kind of put them back where they belong and that is going to be life-changing for me I am very very nervous about this surgery I'm here with dr.

Galvez he just marked me up and I'm all ready for tomorrow we are officially one day out of my surgery I I'm in the prio are I'm about to go to the operating room my surgery will be eight to nine hours seem a little bit [Music] but you know my wife's transformation her her outward appearance is amazing you can see the results that she's worked for I think the biggest thing for me is her mental transformation you know it doesn't it's like a new light has been turned on it's even brighter and she shines I'm able to see the true results now that the skin has been removed what it feels like now to be able to do all the things I couldn't do before is an indescribable feeling it's a feeling that I'll be forever grateful for and it continues to inspire me and motivate me to stay on the right track I'm able to live my life with my children enjoy watching them grow up and be in on the action that's the best part of this journey I've learned so much about myself and my relationship with food that I am worthy that I am enough boy it feels so good to feel free from these chains that held me back from being happy [Music] I want others to take from this story that they are worthy that they are enough and that no matter where you are in your journey you have to love who you are [Music] you.

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