In the midst of this challenging time related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to provide you all with some inspiration. Meet our friend, Grant. He had gastric bypass surgery through the MUSC Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program in August of 2016 with Dr. Karl Byrne. Grant has lost a total of about 130 pounds since his surgery date, and while this number is important, it is actually Grant’s non-scale victory that provides him with the motivation to be successful. Read Grant’s story below:
“I had surgery August of 2016, and I started my walking routine in the hospital immediately following surgery. It had always been a goal of mine to lose enough weight that I could hike. On the way home from the hospital, my wife and I stopped by the mall and I walked for 15 minutes – this is where we started. I then started walking twice a day around the subdivision where we live. On the weekends, we hiked small trails, and we would extend these hikes little by little.
After six months of this routine, I started to walk 10 miles a day. I began with the nature trails around Charleston, and after I felt comfortable with those, I walked the Palmetto trail that was 425 miles long. This is when I first experienced overnight camping during a hike. It took me a little over 2 weeks to complete the Palmetto Trail, and I loved it! This is when I decided that I would try walking the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail is 2200 miles long, and in 2019, I hiked the entire trail! It took me 128 days to complete from Mt. Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia. It crosses 14 States, and I crossed each of those states without ever staying in a hotel. The pictures below are some of the moments I captured during this 128 day period.”
We hope that Grant’s story can provide you with the inspiration to set a goal centered around your well-being while in quarantine. Maybe you can take this opportunity of having more time at home to begin a daily 15-30 minute walk as Grant did in 2016. Who knows, you might like it so much that you also end up with a long-term goal of hiking the Appalachian Trail!
About the Author
Amanda Peterson, RDN, LD | Molly Mills, RDN, LD
Amanda and Molly are the MUSC Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program Registered Dietitians. With 15+ years of experience combined, they facilitate behavior change through nutrition counseling for weight loss and maintenance with children through adults.
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