Dating after gastric bypass

People would accept me more because I wasn't seen as obese and unhealthy. I hate how certain clothes push against my excess skin, making it bulge out (think muffin top, but worse).

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Dating after that was a struggle, until I met my current boyfriend six months ago.

Most guys got scared because they were afraid to take me to dinner, afraid they would break my new diet resolve, and when they saw a picture of what I used to look like, they started to wonder what would happen if I gained a few pounds again. No one ever told me that it would upset me when severely obese people get special attention because they choose to be heavy -- like when TV shows feature people who are happy to weigh 600 pounds, or people who post You Tube videos professing love of their excess weight.

When I struggle or feel myself about to slip into old habits, I pull out a picture of what I used to look like.

And I remind myself that nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.

Before my surgery nearly three years ago, I met with my surgeon, nutritionists, exercise coaches and a psychologist.

I went to classes and learned about meals, exercise and how my body would change.

Conceal any problem areas with a lightweight cardigan and wear a one inch heel for extra height. Love your body, embrace your curves, and keep eating right.

(CNN) -- At 27 years old, I weighed 486 pounds and decided to have gastric bypass surgery.

I know at my current weight I am still medically obese, but I have a clean bill of health.

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