60 years old; Lost 103 pounds
Before: 345 pounds; Now: 242 pounds
“It was tough to be heavy. Before I retired, I was a police officer working in public relations. When I’d talk at schools, kids would ask me why I was so fat. I couldn’t fully participate at family events. I remember watching my grandkids kick around the soccer ball with their other grandfather and how it felt to know it was something I couldn’t do.
“I’d been a good sized person when I was young, but really started putting on weight after high school. I’d think, ‘I’ll lose it when I’m 30, when I’m 40, when I’m 50.’ I tried the Atkins diet, cabbage soup diet and once lost 50 lbs. through Weight Watchers, but gained it back and then some. I’d have short-term success, but long-term disappointment.
“My health was suffering and I was in a deep depression. I was on pain pills and heart medication. My family doctor would tell me I needed to get my weight down. I knew I couldn’t do it myself. He referred me to the Covenant Bariatric Health Center team.
“My wife and I went to Covenant’s free seminar. Afterwards, she and I talked and I made the decision to go through with the LAGB surgery
Nutrition for Life
After surgery, you will need to follow a special diet. You must follow a low fat, low sugar, and high protein diet for life. Working with your surgeon and dietitian, you will advance from a liquid diet to a soft diet in about six weeks after surgery. One of the keys to successful weight loss is keeping portion sizes small and drinking plenty of fluids. A dietitian will be available to answer your questions and help you make good food choices.
Exercise for Life
The decision to have bariatric surgery affects the rest of your life, including the way you incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Our expert staff at Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation provides each patient with a customized program. We want you to have the best results possible by providing realistic ways to help you achieve your goals. Services include a walking program and cardiovascular training.
Support for Life
Making the commitment to undergo bariatric surgery is an important, personal decision. But, you don't need to face life after surgery on your own. Monthly support groups meet to discuss expectations and experiences related to bariatric surgery. Topics may include: nutrition, exercise programs, educating friends and family and social issues. Discuss with the staff your desire to attend support group meetings to learn when and where they meet.
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