I had been prescribed high blood pressure medications since the age 22 when I was in college. Typically, you would think a young college student prescribed not one but two medications (Which was needed to control their blood pressure) would take their health a bit more serious and make necessary changes right?! Well not Kasia, because I was still living the amazing college life, partying, working and attending my full time classes. College life was the best and my health was not taken seriously because nothing else around me was wrong....AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT I TRICKED MYSELF TO BELIEVE!!
By the age of 26 I had graduated college, with my Master’s Degree, received my LCPAA(Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator), and was promoted to program director at my previous agency, which I was employed with the agency for 10 years. At this time in my life my weight was totally out of control but it was still something I did not make a priority.
I began to seek quick weight loss options as I made excuses that I was so consumed with my career I did not have time to work out, and just needed my weight to get under control quickly because it was starting to really slow me down. I had attempted to get weight loss surgery twice but my insurance would not cover the surgery, and I was not able to afford paying out of pocket for weight loss surgery.
By the age of 30, I was married, in brand new home, and had been promoted to program administrator which meant I held the highest position at the agency, only had to report to the CEO and my career was taking off to the next level.
In 2017 I had a total left knee replacement this was a time in my life that I was very miserable I was 33 years old with a total left knee replacement...finally the light went off in my head “KASIA you’re going to be dead soon if you don’t get your weight under control!”
By 2018, I was on several medications, high blood pressure medication , pre-diabetic meds, depression and anxiety meds! I was so miserable but kept a smile on my face. Easily having others around me thinking my life was perfect, and I was the unhappiest person on earth that could hardly get around!
Finally in 2019 I actually called my insurance company to get an explanation of exactly why they would not cover the weight loss surgery. Well that was the best phone call a person so desperately needing help could ever have with their insurance company!! I was advised that due to my weight almost 400lbs, BMI, and several health complications I qualified for the weight loss surgery, but had to follow their weight loss program requirements. I said where do I sign up!! Of course my husband, family, and close friends were nervous because all of the horrible stories you hear about people who have weight loss surgery. So this was a very mental and physical journey that I had to trust God and go for the ride. I knew my life would be coming to a end sooner than expected if I did not take control of my lifestyle and get my weight under control.
On 1/22/20 I had the gastric sleeve weight loss surgery. The day of surgery I weighed in at 344lbs, as I had to show I could loose weight before getting the surgery. When I initially started the weight loss program I was 372lbs in October 2019.
As of today my weight is 225lbs!!!!! I’m still not at my ideal weight but sure am close!! Now I’ve gotten the weight off the challenging part of my journey starts and that’s maintaining and keeping my health a priority since this is something I have control over! I WILL NOT allow myself to go back to where I’ve worked so hard to come from with my health. I’m so thankful to have a supportive husband, family and close friends!! God really has opened up my mind heart and spirit that Kasia if you take care of yourself like you do others and keep trusting God, life will be all you desire and more!!!
In closing I’d like to say thank you for taking time to read my story, and I pray that my story was able to inspire you or anyone that you know, whom has struggled with losing weight. Making several excuses why they are not able to get their life or health in better shape. I promise if you hear that lil voice in your soul that says “YOU GOT THIS” that’s confirmation you really do!!