why hello there!

I’m so glad you decided to stop by.

My name is Michaela, and on June 5th 2014 I underwent a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. This procedure removed about 85% of my stomach, and forever changed the way I eat and look at food. I decided to create this blog to document the past year of my life and beyond. We begin with me making the decision to get the surgery last summer, and then you get to walk along with me through all the twists and turns that this adventure is bringing me.

I’ve titled  this, Journey to  Onederland, because I wanted to add a little bit of enchantment and fun to the long and sometimes difficult process both leading up to the surgery, and life afterward. Creating this little world for myself  was, at times, the only thing getting me through each of the ‘steps’ I needed to go through to get the surgery.  Onederland is the magical place of the 100s on the scale. To me, it represents a world of new opportunity, better health, and a different outlook on life. It has been a very long time since I’ve been at that number, and besides getting healthy, I wanted to make that my major goal.

I couldn’t have created this world, though, without having touches of one of my favorite books and movies, Alice in Wonderland. So you will find that sprinkled throughout each post. I had no idea I could identify so well with her until I started writing. We are both young girls, just trying to figure out these crazy adventures we’ve been thrown into. Although all Alice had to do to get tiny was sip on a  ‘Drink Me’  potion. It takes a little more work for me!

I hope with reading my words it may open your eyes up to things you may not have ever thought about. I hope that maybe it might change the way you think about and perceive overweight people. Maybe you have your own prejudices, maybe you don’t. But perhaps reading this can give you a different point of view. Not every person struggling with weight is lazy, and unmotivated to do anything in life. I am far from that.  It is possible to still have confidence in yourself, while wanting to change yourself. I think that is probably one of the biggest things I’ve learned. I pray that you learn something reading this- that it helps you see people differently. Not just overweight people- but anyone that may not fit society’s definition of what beauty is.

Alright, enough chatter. Let’s get to the story!  Jump down the rabbit hole with me as I encounter the joys, struggles, mishaps, transformations, secrets, pain and revelations of having weight loss surgery.

Come along friends, everything is about to change.