173 Pounds Lost: Incredible Journey
I 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 –
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