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173 Pounds Lost: Incredible Journey

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | 173 Pounds Lost: Incredible JourneyI have struggled since my youth with obesity.  I would yo-yo back and forth from being overweight to WAY overweight and I wanted to control it, but would lose the battle everytime.  In my 20’s, I lost over 100lbs with Weight Watchers and was delighted – I could shop in regular stores and I felt amazing – but little by little, I got away from counting my points and the weight crept back up.  I then tried Bill Phillips Body for Life program – again, I had tremendous success and was thrilled with the results – I was fit and have so much fun exercising…but gradually, I lost that momentum and stopped working out – and starting falling back into my old habits of eating (a lot).  I was a closet eater – I would go through the drive through at McDonalds and eat a meal before I went home and cooked dinner for my family – and eat again.  I was out of control…

In my 30’s, I decided that Dr. Adkin’s had it all figured out – so I started on his regimen and the weight just fell off.  I could eat as much as I wanted as long as I didn’t eat any carbs.  OK – that sounds WAY easier than it really is – but I was determined to look and feel good again…so I stuck with it.  I lost 125 lbs and was determined to NEVER eat carbs again.  It lasted 19 months.  Then I was visiting my sister in DC and she was craving a burger from Red Robin…I though about how good it sounded…a juicy burger and fries…YUM!  So I thought that I could have a burger and the next day go right back to no carbs – afterall, I had been so diligent and successful, it should be easy.  YIKES!!!  That burger was INCREDIBLE!  I tried to get back on board with the Adkin’s diet, but it was over and the weight came back – plus more.

In March of 2006, I decided to do something more drastic – something permanant.  I started investigating the gastric LapBand.  By May I had selected my surgeon and on June 26, 2006 (the day after my 36th birthday) I arrived for my surgery weighing in at an outstanding 325lbs and wearing a size 26 pants.  I was ready to do this…

The road was difficult and like Pavlov’s dog, I had some rough patches – but today, 27 months later, I weigh 152lbs, I wear a size 6 jeans and I feel incredible.  I recommend the surgery to anyone that asks me about my weight loss.  I have had no complications whatsoever and I can eat anything I want – just very small portions.  I have an incredible surgeon/dr and I would do it again in a heartbeat if I had to.  I am also quite fortunate because I haven’t had any problems with sagging skin – I am so thankful.

I hope this brief overview will encourage someone to be courageous – it isn’t easy (especially the first year), but it is absolutely worth it!

God Bless –

MJN

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