How I Lost & Kept Off 270 LBS
– Sherri Curtis, Admin Bariatric Eating Support Groups on Facebook.
Every single day, Sherri inspires other post ops to get on track, stay on plan, lose their regains and get back to goal just like she did!
I have been heavy for as long as I can remember. I do have a picture when I was about 6, where I looked like a normal weight. My mother was an excellent cook and I loved to eat.
When I was nineteen, I lost weight for my wedding. I weighed 164 the day I got married. I was still fat to “normal” standards.
I continued gaining through the years. I tried all diets known to mankind. I can’t even remember them all, most I tried more than once. Some were, Weight Watchers, too many times to count, Jenny Craig, three times, NutraSystem, four times, Phentermine, two times (and I still have heart palpitations from it) a hospital supervised liquid diet and The Atkins Diet. I lost doing every one of those, but I always gained it all back, plus some.
Fast forward to 2008, I was over 400 pounds and miserable. I stopped weighing myself the day I weighed in at 400.
I had sleep apnea and couldn’t walk more than a few feet without running out of breath but I didn’t have any other health problems. Eventually, I started having numbness in my right foot. My doctor prescribed some medication, but she told me I was pre diabetic. I told her there was no way, because I was using my husband’s meter to check my blood sugar and it was always normal.
She had been trying to talk me into WLS for about three years. I am scared to death of IV’s and refused. The biggest reason I refused was I had seen a very close family member go through the surgery. She lost all her weight, and then regained every pound. I would not go through major surgery only to gain it back!
Then my left foot starting to go numb and I knew my doctor was right. She said my A1C was too high and I was going to have to go on diabetic medicine.
I had secretly been researching WLS and really considering it. I told my doctor and she was so happy for me. She called the surgeon she was referring me to and I had an appointment the next week. Since she had been my doctor for a long time and knew there was a possibility I would back out!
Three weeks later, in October of 2008, I had RNY. I was a model patient and did everything my surgeon told me to do. I was faithful in every little detail. I lost all my weight and was maintaining at 130 pounds. I maintained and stayed within 4 pounds of my goal. The one thing I didn’t know about was the honeymoon period. I had maintained at 130 pounds for four years, so I had this, right?
Well the bad habits crept back in. I started drinking with meals, eating BAD carbs and then sugar. I knew how much I could eat without dumping, but still continued to maintain. Of course the amount I could eat steady grew larger.
In the middle of my fourth year, a lot of drama, heartache and change in my life, and before Christmas in a blink I was up over TWENTY pounds! I was miserable. I was up a size in clothes, no one but myself noticed, but I knew it and could feel it! I didn’t know my honeymoon period had ended because I didn’t know there was one.
Honestly, I didn’t know what to do. I thought I had stretched my pouch and that my surgery was null and void and that like my family member, I was going to regain it all.
Then, one day on FaceBook, someone ‘liked’ an article from the Bariatric Eating website. I clicked on it and started reading. The first thing Susan Maria Leach asked me was, ‘Are you drinking during and after eating? If so, STOP!’ Then she asked me about bad carbs and sugar. Get rid of it! Get it out of your house! The next question, are you taking your supplements? Of course I wasn’t. She was adamant that I started TODAY!
I took all of her advice, ordered Inspire and Journey 3+3, and started her Back On Track Plan. I lost all my regain plus fourteen extra pounds, my labs are perfect and I have been maintaining this new weight for four years.
Susan Maria Leach, this site, group, Inspire, Journey and Believe products have been a life saver to me. I am so honored to be an ADMIN and to pay forward what was given to me, knowledge, control, power and belief, in my tool and myself.
Join our group on Facebook! The secret to my success is the big mug of Inspire protein blended with coffee that I drink each morning – I post an accountability thread with my protein of the day. If you like *cats* it will make you smile. I am there to personally help you along with twenty amazing administrators plus Susan Maria. Start now!