This week, we celebrate the successful weight loss of Rebekah Joy Hunter. Here’s her story:
The past 9 months have been a rollercoaster ride, one that I am definitely thankful I got on! The highs have been exhilarating – hello, only taking 15 minutes to find a pair of jeans that fit, now that’s a rush, haha! – and the lows, well, the lows have been scary.
I have never shared this before but a few weeks after I had surgery I found myself regretting my decision. It was scary to be eating a spoonful of food and feeling painfully stuffed. I felt sad preparing wonderful healthy dishes only to find myself unable to experience the satisfaction of eating them. I felt like I would never fit in or be normal again.
Though it seemed like it would be this way forever, it actually passed relatively quickly (thank God!), and what I discovered on the other side was better than I had dreamed/imagined.
It’s taken time to find my way with fuelling my new tiny tummy. It’s still a work in progress, but one I feel capable of managing now. The joy of eating has returned, it just isn’t what drives me anymore.
Seemingly small things like bounding up a flight of stairs, running with my son, sitting cross-legged in small chairs, dancing without holding back, have brought me huge amounts of joy!
It’s in those moments that I feel a deep sense of gratitude, a surety that my Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) was absolutely the right decision. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
I’m adjusting to this new body and new life. And I’m still working towards my fitness goals, but boy oh boy am I proud of how far I’ve come!
The numbers aren’t what I focus on, my focus is on how I feel and what I’m capable of. Those numbers are also something I’m not ashamed of, so here they are:
SW 107.9 kg (237.8 lbs)
CW 73 kg (160.9 lbs)
GW 65 kg (143.3 lbs)
The me of 9 months ago would be bawling her eyes out if she could see me now. I’m so thankful she was brave enough to choose change so I could be standing here now with a completely different life to enjoy.
Rebekah Joy Hunter
Message from WLSA:
Congratulations Rebekah, you truly have come so far – your bravery to go down this journey and to share with the community is a testament to that! Thank you for your honesty and sharing your story, we can’t wait to see where you go next ❤️
Felicity Cohen, CEO of WLSA
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*Disclaimer: Results may vary for each person