future former fatties
May 29, 2015 at 03:40 PM

Interview Bob Wagner

By Linda Misleh Wagner

Meet Bob Wagner, 217 Pounds Off


Meet Bob Wagner. Bob is a fifty-eight year old gentleman who is recently retired. Bob had gastric by-pass surgery in 2008.

Question 1: Have you always dealt with obesity? If not, how old were you when you began gaining weight? What do you think brought it on?

I started gaining a lot of weight when I was twenty-four years old. I became a stress eater from dealing with my situation at home.

Question 2: How long did you carry excess weight? What was your best weight and your highest weight?

I was 166 pounds until I was twenty-four. Then, I began to gain weight and climbed to 195 pounds. After my first wife passed away, I gained more weight and climbed to about 220 pounds. After my second wife passed away, I began gaining weight again until I reached 397 pounds.

Question 3: How did you feel about yourself as you gained weight? What changed in you life as you became heavier?

I began shrinking into myself. I became introverted. I didn’t like my weight. I began to feel worse about myself as I began to have serious health problems.

Question 4: What health problems developed because of weight gain?

Diabetes, and DVT (deep vein thrombosis) problems in my legs. High cholesterol was another development.

Question 5: How concerned for you were the people in your life?

The people in my life were very concerned. My mom, my brother, and my friends were very concerned and even commented to me saying, “Hey, you’re really getting fat”. The most concerned was my daughter.

Question 6: How much did it matter to you that the people who cared about you were worried about you?

I never thought twice about it, to be honest with you.

Question 7: How come?

I was in my own little world. Nothing else and no one else mattered to me. I had to get my fast food fix.

Question 8: What changed? What was the turning point for you that you realized you had to lose weight?

One night my daughter, twenty-one years old, crying, “Dad, you are killing yourself, and I don’t want to be without a parent”. I had never seen my daughter cry before.

I cried for about a week. I, then, called my doctor. He recommended the gastric bariatric surgery. I thought I would give it a shot.

Question 9: Obviously it worked for you. You have maintained your weight for six years. How do you feel about yourself and your weight now?

My biggest fear in life is to be fat again. I will go without eating to keep that from happening. The biggest change is I don’t need to hide behind my weight any longer.

Question 10: How do you maintain your weight loss? Do you exercise regularly? Did you love to exercise before? Do you enjoy exercising now?

I exercise, and just don’t eat like I used to. Eat right and exercise and you will be fine.

Question 11: Is there anything you would like our readers to know that we did not ask?

No. Don’t hide behind your fat.

Thank you, Bob. Nice interview. I appreciate your time.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.

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