One year ago yesterday, Julie went to Mexico to have a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) performed. You can check out the amazing company and surgeon at Weight Loss Forever.
What can I say about her transformation? It is truly amazing! There are so many things I want to say, but I'm having trouble finding the words. She has always been beautiful, funny, outgoing. I think her humour was in part a defence for the lack of self esteem she felt though. It's easier and hurts less to make a joke about yourself before someone else does. Now, as every pound sheds, her self esteem and confidence increase. That is the most amazing part for me. Now everyone else can see the beautiful woman I fell in love with and no prejudge her on her appearance. It is still taking her a while to see what everyone else sees. She will look at clothes and say, 'this won't fit' and I tell her that 'yes, it will! You're a lot smaller than you think.' I guess old perceptions take a while to go away.
She can do a lot more things now too - like jump on the trampoline with the kids. I think this summer is the first time she has ever enjoyed spending extended periods of time out in the heat. She used to hate the heat, now she is always cold. I mean always! This is taking some getting used to for me. She has always been hot, and now it's the opposite. Her toes are like permanent ice cubes.
So here she is - physically she is less than two thirds of the person she was a year ago. Mentally, emotionally, spiritually, she is infinitely more. Way to go Julie! I am so proud of you. You are a great wife and a wonderful mother and role model for our girls. We are all lucky to have you in our lives.