According to Jennifer, "At 100 pounds beyond a healthy weight, hopelessness was setting in."
"Once I made the decision to move forward with bariatric surgery, my next step was to attend a surgical weight loss seminar."
MultiCare Health System offers these types of bariatric surgery:
"My first step in entering the medical weight loss program was to meet with a dietitian, Melanie, who has worked with bariatric surgery patients for many years."
"The theme of a recent event was rising above discomfort. Sitting through that day, I couldn’t help but identify the parallels with that theme and my weight loss journey."
"Time has a way of moving faster than I expect it to, and suddenly it was the day of my last visit with the dietitian."
"I stayed overnight in the hospital. One goal before I went home was to get me walking, and I was up doing laps around the floor by the afternoon."
"Each weigh-in felt like a small victory as I did the math in my head to calculate what I might weigh in a month or two or three.
One day, about three weeks after surgery, the scale stopped moving. It seemed permanently stuck at 206 pounds."
"Have you ever wanted to throw the contents of your closet away and buy an entirely new wardrobe? Well, it turns out that bariatric surgery provides such an opportunity — over and over again."
"Exercise has always been a challenge for me. I was chubby and slow as a child, and I never found a sport or physical activity that I enjoyed. As an adult, I found the gym intimidating because it was full of thin people and equipment I didn’t know how to use."
"Today was my first flight post-surgery. I could walk forward through the aisle. I fit perfectly in the seat. I was able to buckle up with more than half a foot of extra belt available. Let me tell you, it was a very good feeling indeed."
"When I first announced my decision to have bariatric surgery, I received a variety of responses. Although the majority of my friends and family were quite supportive, several were not."
"Seven months out from my sleeve gastrectomy surgery, I find the statistics of my weight loss startling. I have lost nearly 100 pounds, 40 percent of my body weight and I’m 2 pounds away from a BMI classified as normal."