Welcome to my blog! My name is Matt, and as of now, I have two days until my vertical sleeve gastrectomy and 72 days until I begin my freshman year at the University of Georgia. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been trying to find resources for college students undergoing bariatric surgery. Unfortunately, my Google search for “bariatric surgery in college” didn’t return much. This is my primary motivation for creating Sleeved in School – I hope to be able to share my experiences with the recovery process and acclimating to college life post-surgery with other students.
Now, my weight story: I’m a victim of the child obesity epidemic, as many in America are. My tendency to overeat stems from family history and the culture of food I have grown up in. A few years ago, the doctor told me that I had reached 200 pounds – I was shocked! From there, I began to count calories, exercise, and watch the weight fall right off… until it stopped. As frustration settled in from my stalled weight loss (What could I be doing wrong? I’m barely eating!), the desire to binge took hold of me, and I reached my highest weight of about 280 pounds. The fact is, dieting overwhelmingly fails to yield lasting results, no matter how much willpower one may claim to have. This surgery is sort of an emergency brake for myself – I’m breaking my binging habits and slowing down my eating to where I can learn to manage it. Although weight loss will happen, it isn’t my main goal. Instead, I’m hoping to learn to manage my relationship with food and gain back my confidence as I prevent further weight gain and possible ailments.
I’ll probably talk more about myself and my goals and expectations as I progress through summer and my freshman year of college, and I’m sure I’ll have many stories to tell, but for now, this is it. I don’t know what to expect, but I’m excited to share my story with you all.