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My last classes!

Today I have officially attended my last classes of my undergrad career! Now all I have to do is survive finals. In the past I used to binge eat when I get stressed, so this year will be an interesting experience. What is encouraging is that Summer is almost here. This means not only that it’s swim suit season, but also my one year surgaversary is coming up on June 18. I can’t believe that it’s almost been a year since part of my stomach was removed.

I have learned a lot through this experience. It is definitely not as easy as I thought it would be. There are times when I feel unmotivated and don’t want to eat healthy and exercise. But losing weight has brought so many wonderful blessings that I don’t give up.

One of the biggest differences is my confidence. Now that I look better, I feel more free to try new things and portray my inner confidence. It’s fun to discover new types of clothes. I still don’t know what size I officially am, but it’s cool to see how there are more clothing options available. I have come out of my shell and put myself out there. I like meeting new people and performing. I never would have done the play without the confidence that this surgery has given me.

Another big difference is my physical body. I still have a long way to go, but I feel like I can see a difference. Sleeping is a lot more comfortable, and exercising is a lot easier. It’s actually fun to go for a walk or swim. I am so excited to increase my activity level this summer while hanging out at the lake and beach.

I have noticed that I don’t rely as much on the scale for my health, but more on how I feel as a person both mentally and physically. I appreciate the support that my friends and family have given me. This is the time when I need you all the most because it’s not as easy as it was before. But I am excited to continue my journey and see where it leads!