Jennifer Harmon has had it with obesity. After years of failed diets and unflattering photos, she still had more questions than answers about surgical weight-loss options, so she launched a blog called Confessions of a Yo-Yo Dieter.
“Honestly, everywhere I looked I found blogs and articles from people who had already undergone the operation and shared their success, but I wanted to hear about all of it – from the very beginning,” said the 44-year-old mother of two. “Many people don’t realize you’re working for months with a team, including a psychologist, nutrition and fitness experts – and that’s even before the surgery.”
Let’s face it. It’s not fun to talk about qualifying for insurance or managing your weight pre-surgery. However, Jennifer, an internal communications specialist at Mercy, has a knack for finding the hilarious bits in every situation. For example, her upcoming entry, “Life Before Stretch Denim,” details a “very frustrating cat and mouse game of ‘what will happen if I eat this?’”
Spoiler Alert: Eating too much means big problems with your jeans down the road.
“I want to share my entire journey, from the day I decided to pursue bariatric surgery all the way to today,” Harmon said. “I’ve learned a lot, and it’s going to be pretty entertaining and transparent. I want to hear from others, regardless of where they are on their journey. Also, I hope I’m not the only one who has ever cried overseeing their weight at the doctor’s office.”
Confessions of a Yo-Yo Dieter is meant to be a helpful resource for people considering various surgical options and juggling life changes amidst a busy schedule and family life.
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