Starting Weight: 262 lbs., Current Weight: 159 lbs., 39 Years Old
Since the bariatric procedure, my life has changed in many ways. I have more self-confidence, and because I feel better about myself I find that people treat me better. I wish that for all people, and that’s why I want to share my story.
I feel so much stronger, and I’m more coordinated and have better balance. I am getting so much more out of life! I’ve always been an avid horseback rider, but I had a bad accident in August and was in ICU for three days with a broken collarbone, five broken ribs, several broken vertebrae and a clot that required attention. I feel very strongly that this would have been a much longer and more painful recovery if I hadn’t lost so much weight. And I was back up on my horse in a matter of weeks, instead of months.
I have been able to maintain my weight loss by changing my habits, but I’m still able to enjoy going out to dinner and eating what I want – just less of it. One of the highlights of this entire journey was the feeling I had when I got to sit next to my 12 year old on a ride at Disneyland – and put the lap bar down! And another fun milestone is being able to shop for clothes – the kind I’ve always wanted to wear. I never used to be in pictures, but now I’m happy to be in front of the camera!
Would I do it all over again? You bet! Dr. Zerey made me feel so comfortable before the procedure, and he checked in with me throughout my weight loss process. The level of personal service he provided was excellent!