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It has been over 5 months since I have had the Gastric Sleeve done and to date since surgery I have lost 44 pounds (228 now 184 and counting) and have gone from a size 20-22 to size 16-14.
I had tried every diet out there, I was pre-diabetic, had high blood pressure and asthma, and my knees were killing me. After attending my 35th class reunion and trying to keep up with my classmates I decided I needed to do something regarding my weight because I knew that I would not be here very long if I continued the road I was on.
After 7 months of following the insurance requirements I had my surgery on March 4, 2013. Surgery was relatively easy. The hard part was learning to eat right and to exercise. Coming from a Mexican heritage giving up the Mexican food, tortillas, enchiladas, etc was hard but I was/am determined. Doctors orders was to start walking after surgery which I did but honestly I didn’t walk as much as I should have. Once I got to the support group and reading forums I realized everyone was passing me up as far as losing weight and inches which was depressing but I knew that I was only hurting myself by not following doctors orders to the “T”. After talking with Beth she pointed out what I was doing wrong. I was determined not to let this experience and this opportunity pass me by without any success. I started going to the gym every single day plus in the evenings I go walking. I have changed how I think about food, what I eat, how much I eat and drink and Oh my gosh the results have been amazing. The transformation in my body has been out of this world. I can go into a department store and buy off the racks. I look forward to working out every single morning and walking 3 miles after work every other day. I will be the first to say you would of never heard those words out of my mouth. I love to work out. I love it because of the results I am seeing. I feel good and I feel happy and I have so much energy. I am just coming back from a 2 week roadtrip where I walked 3 -5 mile hiking trails in Muir Forest and the Grand Canyon and I can tell you that there would have been no way I would have been able to walk and keep up with everyone if I had not lost this weight. I will be walking in my first 5K walk in October and I look forward to eventually doing a marathon. Honestly, I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months will bring.
My doctor has lowered the dose on my blood pressure medicine. Today it was checked and it was 136/36 and I had not seen those numbers in years. I am hoping that in another 6 months I will be completely off my medicine. I have been taken off the sleep apnea machine and my asthma medicine. People have told me that I look happy and don’t look mad anymore. How sad that I had been giving out that impression and I didn’t even know it.
My future is to continue on this weight loss journey and to be in the best health possible. I think of how heavy a 10 pound bag of potatoes is and I think, how was it possible that I have already lost 4 of those 10 pound bags..
Never in my wildest of dreams. Thank You Dr. Hollis and Beth.*
When I was 12 years old I started to diet religiously. I didn’t want to be the fat girl in class anymore. I didn’t want to struggle keeping up with other kids in gym class. I didn’t want to be made fun of by everyone. I wanted to be pretty and wear cute clothes like other girls. My diets didn’t work, though. And if they did I would only lose 10 pounds and quickly gain it back. In High School I had a lunch routine: Protein bar, fresh fruit and vegetables. It was frustrating that I still didn’t lose weight. From 2010 to 2011 I had a break through: I lost 90 pounds. This took 6 months with very strict low carb dieting and paying over $250 a month for shots, pills and check ups with a doctor. But soon, like before, I gained it all back plus more. My lowest point in life was being 364, at age 21, with hypertension and high cholesterol. I already had hypothyroidism and PCOS so finding this out was a wake up call for me. My doctor finally told me that my metabolism was dead from a life-time of yo-yo dieting and pre-existing conditions that make weight loss harder. She recommended weight loss surgery and at first I was very hesitant. It sounds very scary – but I’m not going to lie to you. It is.
I visited my first seminar around May and spent hundreds of hours researching before I finally decided to get the sleeve. And I must say, it was the best decision of my life. After the pain from surgery disappeared I realized that my “normal” life would never be the same. I was not hungry, and still am not hungry. I no longer have cravings, I can sleep better, my blood pressure went down and I have more energy. When I look in the mirror I am not disgusted – even though I still hope to lose another 140 pounds. As of November 3rd, I have lost 65 POUNDS from my operation on August 15th!
This journey so far has been a blessing for me. Even after my quick, complication-free recovery, I have had constant support from Beth and the staff at Baychoice Bariatrics. One thing I always loved about Beth was how straight forward and honest she is. Weight loss surgery is very serious – complications can occur and it IS permanent. She doesn’t want time or money to be wasted. You have to be ready. And I could not have picked a better team to help me change my life and get to where I want to be.
Also – Memorial Hermann South East is great hospital too. I have no complaints about any of the testing that I’ve had done there. Everybody was nice, informative and supportive and the entire hospital is very clean. I went into my operation smiling because all of the nurses calmed my nerves. And if I could go back in time – I wouldn’t change a thing. Doctor Hollis, Beth, the BB staff and Memorial Hermann are the way to go if weight loss surgery is for you.
If you are going to take anything from my testimonial – I want it to be this: This is NOT a quick fix. You must change what is in your mind before you can change your body. If you do not listen to your doctor and follow the plan 100% it WILL NOT WORK. Do not find ways to “cheat” and don’t expect to fall back to old habits when the weight comes off. It is not all pretty. You will have pain, you may cry, you may slip. But you must ALWAYS get back up. I promise you – this journey is worth it if you fight for it. I have never been happier.*
From the first orientation, through the prep, the endoscopy, the gastric sleeve surgery, and post-op care, Dr. Hollis and his staff were very clear on what was happening, why it was happening, and what I needed to be doing to ensure a successful outcome. I bounced back after surgery and was able to go back to work after a long weekend. Within 90 days of the surgery my Primary Care Physician reduced my blood pressure medication by half and my diabetes medicine by 75%. Today, at the 7-month mark, I had a checkup with my PCP and for the first time in 15 years I’m not on blood pressure medication. For the first time in 5 years I’m not taking anything for diabetes.
I’m so thrilled. Dr. Hollis and his staff have added years to my life and years filled with vitality.
Would I do it again? I absolutely would. I only wish I’d done years ago.*
The Gastric Sleeve Surgery was the best thing I’ve done for myself. I went from size 24 to 14 and I’m no longer on blood pressure or cholesterol medication. Family and friends meant well when they said “you carry your weight well”, but it was time for a change.*
Just wanted to send you a photo even though I am not at goal, I am thankful for what Dr. Hollis and you have done for my health. I am running the Houston Marathon and the Texas Independence relay this year and would never dream of being this active. Thank you.*
Before and After Photos