Marcus' Success Story

Athletics have always been a big part of my life. Since the age of four, I was involved in wrestling, football, baseball and soccer. But even though I was active, I also battled obesity my whole life. When I got married and had kids of my own, I began to realize that my weight didn’t just affect me; it affected my family, too.

I can recall one moment in particular that was the turning point in my decision to get bariatric surgery. My family and I were on vacation and I wanted to ride the amusement park ride with my son, but I exceeded the size limit. They couldn’t fit me. I remember walking away feeling so ashamed. It was in that moment that I knew something had to change.

I tried multiple diets but they never lasted long. The weight always came back and I eventually reached 450 pounds. I thought to myself, “Why can’t I get this under control? What is it physically, mentally or genetically that I can’t overcome?” I never considered surgery because I felt there was a stigma to resorting to surgical intervention. But I’m so glad that I eventually let that stigma go. In the process, I realized that getting help doesn’t mean I don’t have control. In fact, it meant the exact opposite: I was actually taking control of my health. So that’s when I decided to get professional help and signed up for the bariatric seminar at Covenant HealthCare.

After discussing my health goals and lifestyle with the Covenant bariatric team members, I knew I wanted something irreversible. In some ways, it was symbolic of my decision to get surgery. I decided to get the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, which turned out to be the right choice for me.

The bariatric experts at Covenant gave me the tools I needed to succeed in my weight loss journey. They gave me a team that helped me create a winning strategy. They taught me the importance of logging my food intake and exercise, a habit I still do to this day because it holds me accountable in maintaining a healthy routine.

My journey has been about much more than just losing weight. I look back and also see all the things I’ve gained. I used to not be able to jog, but now I can finish a half-marathon. My energy level is so much higher and I can keep up with my kids and the students I coach. I think the biggest thing I’ve gained throughout my journey is a new mindset about my weight. I’ve learned that bariatric surgery isn’t a one-time fix, but it’s an ongoing process. Even after surgery, it’s up to me to still make healthy choices every day, and now I do – for myself and my family.

Are you ready to start your transformation story? Sign up for a bariatric seminar today.