Weight loss is so much more than just losing weight.

This is very personal, but I don’t mind sharing if it helps or inspires someone out there reading this, just as reading blogs, forums, and watching vlogs of those facing similar struggles did before I embarked on my weight loss and mental wellness journey. It’s not pretty, and it’s going to be out there on the internet forever. And that’s okay with me. Because this is reality; the reality that so often isn’t shared in favour of having picture-picture white smiles and exotic locations for likes on social media. Nary a mention of depression and eating disorders is made, because the truth isn’t pretty. But you know what? Life isn’t pretty, but if you fight for health and wellness, you’ll be rewarded with a life that’s happier than you could have possibly imagined prior to dedicating the time and effort to yourself to get well, get healthy, and get back to living!

My mission is to be real. To show you the ups and downs of this all. I’m just a regular person trying my best in this journey called life. And if it helps inspire, then that’s my honour and privilege.

This is what depression versus wellness and health looks like. I felt very alone here in the scruffy pictures and was isolated, and of course piled on more weight during quarantine. I felt kind of like I didn’t belong on this island and took it harder than I should have. I’m someone who has always cared about looking presentable regardless of my size, but I stopped caring. I didn’t even brush my hair most days and hardly went out because I was ashamed of how I looked and how much weight I’d gained. The funny thing is, I was already a month into my weight loss journey when I took those two horrendous pictures. The other one was on my birthday. I still have a ways to go, but I’m miles from where I was. So please, if you’re having issues with depression and/or your weight, know that you’re not alone and there’s help out there. It’s not corny to say that at all. I’m not sharing this for asspats, but rather because seeing my former reality may mirror your present situation. And I want you to know that the nightmare can and WILL end.

December 7, 2021 – (My birthday!) – versus January 21, 2021 – One month into my weight loss journey; 10 months before my VSG. Total weight difference between the two is about 70 lbs.

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Alex T

I'm Alex, and I live on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. Here I detail my weight loss and fitness, and all of the wonderful things that I get to do now! Come along and perhaps I'll haphazardly make it through this beautiful tragicomedy known as life.

4 thoughts on “Weight loss is so much more than just losing weight.”

    1. Thank you so very much, beautiful kind lady! Your vlog was one of the first VSG vlogs I found post-op and you were and continue to be such an inspiration. Thank you for all you do for the VSG community on WordPress.

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    1. Thank you so very much, Debra. It was great seeing you the other night – and hard to resist those beautiful cakes! I’m sure they tasted as exquisite as they looked. You have a true talent! And thank you for the compliments on this; my goal is to share my story to inspire, to make others feel less alone, and as a method of catharsis for myself. I feel like every ounce of pain that I’ve been through is worth it if just one person gleans something from this and is stirred to take positive steps, whether that be seeking help for depression (or if they have other mental health issues), exercising more, learning they’re worth the effort, and that it IS NEVER TOO LATE TO TRY! As corny as this all may sound, I really do just hope putting it out there helps someone.

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