If all goes according to plan, in a little less than four months I'll be having gastric bypass surgery. As of this writing I need to lose 149 pounds to be on the upper range of the "normal weight" for my height. That's my Everest, and in a year's time, I plan to conquer it.
From the time she was a little girl, Michelle Poler was afraid of the world. She avoided big, playful dogs, scared they might bite her. Terrified of pain, she dreaded dentist's and doctor's appointments. She missed dinner parties and networking events that required her to drive at night, nervous about getting in an accident. A fear of vomiting kept her from trying foods with unusual textures or flavors.