Hi my name is Christina Garner and I had weight loss surgery in 2014. Before that, I was doing 5k runs, boxing and playing softball thinking I was healthy. I had a friend post a picture of me on Facebook one day. "Who is that?" I asked. I didn't recognize the person in the photo. My friend replied, "Are you kidding me? That is you!"
That picture changed my life.
I decided at that point since I could not recognize myself anymore and it was time for a change. I had high blood pressure, I was taking high blood pressure pills and giving myself a shot every night for diabetes.
I auditioned for The Biggest Loser every season for five seasons and was never selected, even though they told me I had a good chance each time. But after not being chosen again the last time, I decided that was the last straw.
Within nine months of deciding to check into Bariatric surgery I had my RNY Gastric Bypass and I lost 133 lbs in six months. My heaviest weight was 293 lbs my lowest weight was 160 lbs. Today, I'm currently staying between 165 and 170 lbs.
I have had many people tell me they're tired of hearing about my journey, but I have even more people saying don't listen to anyone to keep telling my story because I've been an inspiration to so many. I don't see myself as an inspiration, I just wanted to live!
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