Where do I begin? Well let’s start with where “my” journey ended, with me weighing in at 260 pounds. My knees hurt when I walked, and I got really good with hiding my real feelings behind a smile. I was miserable, and yet every exercise I tried seemed to end in total failure and me turning to food. Each diet I tried ended in disappointment and more pounds packed on. Next thing I knew I was 260 pounds with diabetes, high cholesterol and sleep apnea. I felt like I was on a one way ticket to an early exit from this world.
Having lost over 193 pounds, she can’t go back and change her past, but she can focus on her future.
Living life and loving it!
Looking forward to tomorrow.
Heila has regained her health, is off all of her medications, and is once again excited about life and all her tomorrows.
Holly Winslow, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
Randy Thomas, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
I came to the end of what I thought I could accomplish on my own. I had to do this or I was going to die. The rest is history; I’ve been given an opportunity that I am not going to blow. I feel like I’ve been in prison for 10 years, and I’m never going back. Post-op results are completely up to a person’s willingness to change old habits. I follow a strict diet regimented by Rene, my dietician. You have to be sick and tired of that which has held you down by poor lifestyle choices. Today my co-morbidities are gone. I enjoy helping others understand how their health will be different.
Lari Christie, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
My journey started off by being tired all the time, always pushing myself just to get to work. But by the time I got home, I couldn’t do anything but fall asleep. I got into a workout program and went strong for four months straight and only lost two pounds. That was the point I was looking into having the surgery. I took my kids to Worlds of Fun and almost got kicked off the ride because the harness wouldn’t latch. At that moment, I decided to have the surgery and didn't think twice about it. I had my surgery on December 17, 2013. Since then I have had so much energy.
Janet Bustos, Bailey Bariatrics Patient
I mentor to give back - helping pre-op patients get ready and letting them know every journey is different. I give them confidence in their decision. It is the best decision for their future. It keeps me focused on what I have to do still today to continue my own journey. I believe in this surgery and tell everyone about my surgery. I am off diabetes and blood pressure medicine. My life turned around. I'm so thankful I had the courage to do this!
Registered dietitian Rene Norman, RD/LD, contributes weekly with her insightful Tips from Rene on our Bailey Bariatrics Facebook page. Today, as we head into the holidays, she shares a recipe perfect for patients at least six weeks after surgery. Enjoy!
Servings: 6 Pre-heat oven to 350o F
6 6-oz ramekins or custard cups (must be oven proof)
I will admit my weight loss journey has been an exciting one, and it began in the summer of 2013 when I decided that it was time to do something about my weight, because I was tired of not being able to live the life I wanted to live. I went to visit Dr. JoeBob Kirk with the intention of losing weight "my way” - in other words, no surgery. Dr. Kirk was agreeable, and he started the process of finding out more about my health. Oddly enough, and probably only by the grace of God, all of my labs came back within the normal range.
When we first introduced you to Tracy Mason, she was six months post-op and already realizing a successful journey after weight loss surgery. That was March of 2014. Today, Tracy has celebrated her one-year “surgiversary” and is checking back in with us to share more about new milestones reached.
Janet Bustos underwent metabolic surgery May 1, 2013. As her progress post-op continued, she made a commitment to herself to stay engaged in the program at The Center for Bariatrics at Bailey Medical Center through the active GEAR Support Group Network. Today, Janet not only attends support group monthly, she also leads a group in her community. Listen to Janet share why she thinks support group involvement is important for post-op success. Click here to view all the GEAR Support Group locations.