Jennifer lost 110 pounds in 15 months with the Gastric Sleeve Procedure.
Jennifer’s advice to people considering weight loss surgery:
“Don’t walk – RUN! I made my appointment for my consult right before Halloween 2015. I took their first available appointment once I met with the doctor. I had surgery the week before Thanksgiving. I got through the holidays and came out better on the other side. No matter the time of year, no matter what is going on in your world, having this surgery is life altering. I only wish now that I would have done it sooner.”
How was your experience with your Patient Care Manager?
Awesome! Casey was so sweet and understanding. She was so helpful along the way – answering any and ALL questions that I had. Even now – 4 months later, I called her with a question and she jumped right on it. She is wonderful!
How was your experience with your doctor?
Again, AMAZING! I’ve had nothing but great experiences. Dr. Dirk and his staff are wonderful. The wait times at the office are sometimes extended, but he is very apologetic when he finally comes in and the waiting that I’ve done thus far has all been worth it.
I have been struggling with my weight for the better part of 10 years. I’ve tried every diet imaginable. If it is out there, I’ve tried it. Not to mention all of the money that I’ve sunk into trying to lose weight. I could have paid for 3 weight loss surgeries by now. Maybe more. That being said, I adjusted to being the “fat girl”. I would joke with my friends that I was “fit-fat” b/c while I was obese, I would still workout pretty regularly. I just had really bad eating habits. I guess it started b/c my kiddos were in sports and played on a number of teams at the same time so we were always running back and forth from practices to games. And we do what most Americans do these days and we would hit up fast food. There were weeks when I would eat out every meal of the day for the majority of the week. I was heavy, but I would also lose weight pretty easily. I would gain 10, lose 20, gain 25, lose 15, etc. It was the total yo-yo and I was tired of it. I had gotten down to about 185 (which I was feeling really good even though being so far away from my goal) and life hit me hard. It was one thing after another and before I knew it, I went from around 185 to about 240 (give or take a few pounds) within a matter of 8 or 9 months.
I am so happy right now. There are things you have to get used to. 64oz of water or more daily, eating enough protein daily, making sure to take vitamins, etc daily. It is a routine. I won’t lie and say there hasn’t been hard times in the past 4 months. The first 2 weeks were brutal. But with every day that went by I felt better and better. Today, I feel better than I’ve felt in a VERY long time. And I am totally looking forward to losing more weight and feeling even better about myself with each pound gone.
Since my weight has fluctuated so much in the past 10 years, I’ve had a ton of clothes in my closet. I was at the point with my weight that I refused to accept that I had gained as much weight as I did and therefore I would not go shopping. I was down to wearing 1 pair of shorts and workout pants every day. Not b/c I was working out every day but b/c I could not fit into anything else. Knowing that I can now walk into my closet and pretty much fit whatever is in there right now has been a HUGE confidence booster. I still have more weight to lose so I haven’t gone shopping quite yet, but knowing that I have this already expanded wardrobe at my disposal is super motivating to me.
*Results will vary.