Afrikus Hart has had an amazing journey since having her gastric bypass surgery in February of 2013. Her story touched me and inspired me to keep going and never give up. Afrikus achieved her goal weight and is sticking to it at seven years post-op. Enjoy her story below written by Afrikus herself.
Heaviest Weight: 320
Lowest Weight: 165
Current Weight: 172
Goal Weight: 170-175
I went to work, ate, came home, ate and laid down. I didn’t want to do anything and food became my comfort for everything. No matter what the occasion was food was involved in some kind of way.
Sometimes I ate out of boredom and not having anything else to do. I would eat to the point of feeling miserable. While I was eating, I felt good, comforted and like I was filling a void but afterward I would feel guilty that I ate all that food.
At my heaviest, I was 320 pounds. I almost lost my life because the weight was literally killing me by creating a multitude of health problems. I couldn’t walk 10 feet without getting winded and I couldn’t do anything with my children. I was embarrassed and ashamed of myself until I decided that I was worthy and I had to be ready for a change: I was tired and ready to get back to me.
In August 2012, I started my journey. I decided that I needed help and in February 2013 I had gastric bypass surgery. I had started the process before but didn’t follow through because I wasn’t ready nor did I have the discipline I needed to be successful.
Many feel like it was an easy out but nothing is easy about how the surgery makes your stomach the size of an egg. I needed surgery as a tool to help me control how much I eat. It is a tool to help control how much you can eat.
My lowest weight was 165lbs. Right now, almost 7 years after my surgery I am 172, my goal weight was between 170lbs – 175lbs.
Congratulations Afrikus on your amazing journey. You are living proof that this surgery is a tool that is designed to give us our lives back. You are a true inspiration!