Anne Landry Holton – Administrator, Bariatric Eating Support Group on Facebook
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I say it’s worth 194 pounds plus a long story ❤
The other day I was cleaning out my dresser and came across a pair of pants I saved from before surgery. I was 340 and I had these pants in a variety of colors. The elastic waistband allowed me to gain weight, eat what I wanted, and sit around watching life happen.
I had surgery April 14, 2009. My goal was 190 (I’m 5’8″). I beat that by 10 pounds. I was sure my 20 pound “cushion” would magically keep me from ever seeing weight in the 2s again. I bought into the everything in moderation myth. Shouldn’t all weight loss surgery nutritionists know our moderator is BROKEN? But fatbrain loved the idea and convinced me that I lost weight while still having pasta, potatoes, and popcorn, therefore one munchkin or a mini size candy bar couldn’t hurt.
I started regaining, but was in total denial. The pounds came back slowly at first. I listened to fatbrain because I wanted to. I told myself I knew what I had to do to lose weight. But I didn’t do it.
The slow regain started to speed up. I let carbs rule my life. I no longer told myself I knew what I had to do to lose weight. I was at a loss. I failed at surgery. I was back to quickly outgrowing Lane Bryant. I was hopeless and I weighed 276. I regained 96 pounds.
I decided to start looking up information about revision surgery. I didn’t even know if it was possible. As I was doing a search, I came across the BariatricEating.com website and started reading these success stories of people who had regained weight and lost it without surgery. Was it real? I kept reading and reading. Fatbrain kept saying those stories weren’t real and that it was just a marketing gimmick to sell those expensive products. I stopped reading and kept on eating junk, avoiding cameras, scales, and doctors. Eventually I stood up to fatbrain. What would it hurt to try Inspire. It might be a lie and taste horrible, like all the others I tried to tolerate before and after surgery. I might fail at this back on track plan like I failed at surgery. Then a very very very TINY voice said “but it might work”. I decided to commit to the 48 hour reset. I ordered a bag of caramel latte Inspire. While I was waiting for it to arrive I read and read and read some more on the website. I had the reset and bot plans memorized, along with some FAQs.
I started the reset on January 20, 2016. The first thing I noticed was that folks were right about Inspire. It was different from all the other protein powders. It mixed easily and didn’t have that funky smell or texture or after taste. I made it through the reset and learned that my pouch still worked when I treated it the way it was meant to be treated. I decided to go ALL in and jump right back on track.
Even though I was ALL IN, I approached it in stages to set myself up for success. First I got the eating part under control and got used to just shakes and one meal. Then I added vitamins. I hadn’t taken vitamins in years. Since the Inspire info was true on the website, I decided to try the Journey 3+3 vitamins. They weren’t lying about those, either! I set up an appointment for labs to be done through my pcp. The next thing I did was focus on increasing my water. That was a real challenge for me. Once I achieved that goal I added in exercise–my original goal was 30 minutes 2-3 times a week, which has increased over time.
Today, I’m maintaining a weight right around 146. I lost my 96 pound regain on the back on track plan. Over the course of months, I slowly transitioned to the BE Easy plan. I lost an additional 34 pounds in the process. I am an active participant in LIFE, not a bystander.
My message to you today is that there is HOPE no matter where you are on your journey. If you’re just starting out, you can learn from the mistakes of the tens of thousands in the regain group and avoid regain. If you’re at goal, you can stay there. If you’ve regained, you can lose it no matter how much you have to lose.
Bariatric Eating is no joke. It’s not all a big marketing gimmick like fatbrain used to tell me. It’s the real deal, created by someone who’s been there, done that. The products are high quality and delicious. The eating plans work if you follow them. The recipes are absolutely amazing. Thank you Susan Maria Nunziato Leach for offering me hope and transforming my life.