258.6 – I will never forget that number on the Weight Watchers scale. I have been overweight for as long as I can remember. In college, my weight got out of control and I ballooned to my heaviest weight - 258.6 lbs. At 28 years old, I decided to regain control of my life and through Weight Watchers, I lost 70 lbs. While I celebrated my initial success and even wore a bikini on a vacation to Puerto Rico, over the next four years every single pound came back. I know this because the next time I went to Weight Watchers, the scale said 258.6 lbs. I cried knowing that I had gained back every single tenth of a pound I had fought so hard to lose. At this point, I was in my mid-30s and focused on “eating lean” and working out. I went to five boot camps a week and managed to stay between 210-220 lbs for the next four years. During this time, I thought of weight loss surgery on and off but never seriously considered it. In March 2016, a friend looked at me and said, “Shauna, you work harder than anyone I have ever seen at the gym and I just don’t see you getting anywhere. Have you ever thought about weight loss surgery?” That comment came from the sincerest part of my friend and I started researching immediately. It was time to change my life for good. I spent hours reading about gastric bypass and gastric sleeve and within two days, I booked an appointment for my consultation. Dr. Wright was referred to me by a friend who had weight loss surgery several years ago. As soon as I met him and his staff, I knew I was where I needed to be. Dr. Wright and his team made me feel comfortable from consultation, to surgery and throughout my follow up appointments. I spent time talking with friends who had weight loss surgery to learn more about what my journey would be like and I decided to share my decision with only my closest family and friends who I knew would support me unconditionally. My gastric sleeve surgery was on March 31, 2016. I weighed 232 lbs on the day of surgery. I was so excited to start the rest of my life, I didn’t have any emotion left to be scared. I woke up from surgery with a smile on my face. As soon as I got home, I started walking. After a week, I went back to the gym with my personal trainer. As of today, I weigh 164 lbs. I’m still considered “overweight” by a BMI chart but I have never been happier in my life. I wear a small to medium top and dress and a size 6 pant. I still workout with my trainer, lifting heavy weights twice a week and cardio workouts 4-5 times a week. Cardio consists of running, interval training, rowing, biking – anything to get my heart rate up. My entire attitude and outlook on life have changed. I may never be a “skinny” girl but I’m extremely fit and very happy with my body. I know I like who I am becoming.