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Transcript: Becoming more active 

My name is Agerian. I’ve always been overweight, even as a child. I remember around the age of 12, in the sixth grade, I was weighing 180 pounds because I had to take a physical at school.  I’ve been big all my life and I had carried the weight all my life so I was used to it. 

That one thing that really pushed me to that issue was not being able to walk long distances. Not being able to stand (for) more than five minutes without my leg and foot going numb.  

Then you go to the doctor, to find out, you know, what could be done.  And it boils down to you need to lose weight. I’ve tried every diet that there is to try. I had lost some weight on my own. But then you get to a point where something happens, you just revert back. 

When I went to my first doctor’s appointment, I was weighing 422, before the weight loss surgery. But I was higher than that. It was to the point that I knew that being that size, at my age, with (the) health issues that I had, there’s nothing left but further health issues and you shortening your life. 

I was scared of surgery period. But by the time I got ready to have surgery, I had made up in my mind, that’s just what I was going to do. This is what I needed to do in order to survive. It kind of, you know, knocks that fear out. When you do the pros and cons, well, if I don’t, what is my outcome going to be?  And I don’t regret it, not a day. 

My thing was that I knew I had to be here to help with my mother, because she’s aging and I have my grandmother as well. So, I can’t help them at that weight with illnesses. So it was to that point that I knew I had to do something. 

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. I pretty much did the research.  I know that this is a lifestyle and this is what I have to continue to do. So I just continue to try to eat healthy as much as I possibly can and exercise. 

I’ve lost 145 pounds in 10 months. My friends saw a difference in me and my family members saw a difference before I did. Since I’ve had surgery, my energy level is high. I’ve never had that before because I haven’t been used to getting up and getting that exercise. It’s like a natural high. 

I get up, drink my coffee, then I go to the park. (I) put my headphones on and that’s how I start my day. That itself is a stress reliever, just that daily walk. That’s the time that I have peace.

Usually whenever I walk, you know, I check in on Facebook. And one of my cousins from California, she called me, and told me how much I inspired her. And now she’s getting prepared to have surgery, the gastric sleeve.

I try to stick to fresh vegetables and meat, protein, or my protein shakes. You know, when I think that I’m not getting enough protein for that day. When you know what is expected and what you need to do and when you plan it, it’s really easy. 

Two weeks ago, I took my first plane ride. Fitting in a seat belt and crossing your legs… those are two really happy things once you lose weight. 

I need to see new things. I need to do new things, see new things. I plan on traveling as much as I possibly can. Traveling and meeting new people, that’s my goal.