Weight Loss Success Story: Tiffany Loses 170 Pounds Through Gastric Bypass
NAME : Tiffany
BEFORE WEIGHT : 413
AFTER WEIGHT : 243
POUNDS LOST : 170
WHEN DID YOU START DEVELOPING A WEIGHT PROBLEM?
I started gaining weight not long after puberty. Paired with clinical depression, a food addiction l, reaction to a birth control shot and just overall poor meal decisions, I gained 100 lbs in about 7 months. From there it just continued
HOW DID YOUR WEIGHT AFFECT ANY ASPECT(S) OF YOUR LIFE?
I had clinical depression already. When Instatted gaining weight, it just gave me more of an excuse to hide and accept abuse from those I did allow in. I, for a long time accepted what ever was dealt to me in relationships because I didn’t feel as if I would be able to have anyone better.
WHAT WAS THE “TURNING POINT” THAT GOT YOU STARTED ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY?
When after a sleepy study a doctor told me I stopped breathing so many times in a night that they were worried I would die. I have a 11 year old daughter that needed me. So I made the decision enough was enough!
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I started by making a decision I would do what I could to lose the weight. I begin to get active, watch what I ate and I begin treatment for my depression. I consulted a surgeon, who agreed that the TOOL of gastric bypass surgery would be beneficial for me. On April 10, 2014, two days after my birthday, I had Gastric Bypass Surgery.
HOW LONG AFTER YOU STARTED DID YOU BEGIN TO SEE RESULTS OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS EFFORTS?
I lost about 20 lbs before surgery (4 months) after surgery, within 6 months I lost my first 100 lbs.
WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?
I had to overcome the food addiction. Just like an alcholic or drug addict, I had withdrawals from food. Food was my friend and I felt like it left me. I love the taste of food, how it makes me feel, Ect.
DID YOU EVER WANT TO GIVE UP? WHAT KEPT YOU GOING?
I have wanted to give up often. Matter of factory, I have fell off…but then G-d always reminded me that I wasn’t doing this for myself. There were others that were counting on me to get this weight off.
DID YOU HIT ANY WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAUS? HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?
I hit them on a regular basis. But when I do, I examine what I am eating, how much exercise I am getting, Ect. Most times, I link it to my protein intake.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO LOSE MOST OF THE WEIGHT?
It has been a little over 2 years. I still have about 50 more lbs to get to my goal scale weight, but I am not rushing it. I would rather take it slow and be healthy and look healthy, rather than lose it quick and look sick.
DID YOU HAVE ANY NON-SCALE VICTORIES?
I for the first time since 10th grade got into a size 16. My biggest non-scale victory was getting on a roller coaster with my daughter. When I was about 23 I went to an amusement park. I was so overweight, I couldn’t not get the top to close on a roller coaster. I was so embarrassed that I got off and never went back. I finally took my daughter to a park and rode a roller coaster with her.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAILY DIET LOOK LIKE COMPARED TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
Very very clean. Lots of fresh green vegetables, lean protein (no pork and beef is limited) complex carbs as opposed to non complexes and no starches. Sweets are very limited.
HOW DOES YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COMPARE TO WHEN YOU WERE HEAVIER?
I am extremely active. I work out 3-5 times a week, I do yoga 2-3 times a week and I just take chances and do things I would have never done before.
MY WEIGHT LOSS TIPS & TRICKS
- Keep starting over. No matter how many times you fail, don’t stop starting over. When you stop starting over, at that point you have failed.
- Move. Move. Move. Move. I got a FitBit Charge HR and it has been amazing. It keeps me motivated and on track.
- If you know your cheat meal turns into a cheat day into a cheer week, Ect, don’t cheat. Don’t tempt yourself!
- PumpUp App is a great tool for the days you can’t go to the gym, or if you are on a budget and don’t have a membership. It lets you come up with excersise routines that you can do at home and with no equipment.
- Get a friend that you can confide in about your ups and downs. Someone who will not pacify you, but lovingly push you and keep you going!
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