LOSS TO DATE:
I have for two-thirds of my life been morbidly obese. Through the years, I had tried many different programs to lose weight. I would lose and then regain the weight plus more. For a long time, I could claim I was a healthy, obese woman until I couldn’t. My primary care doctor asked me to have bariatric surgery when I developed hypertension and insulin resistance as he placed me on medications. My morbid obesity also caused me joint pain, difficulty moving, and a lack of confidence. I resisted having the surgery arguing that I could not be successful with that when I was not active, did not have healthy eating habits, and so much more.
Prior to COVID, I had finally had success with losing and maintaining a 62-pound weight loss by establishing healthy habits of sleep, movement, food logging, and hydration. I had never been more disciplined. During COVID, I did not gain a pound; nor did I lose a pound. At my annual physical, my physician was ready to put me on medication for high cholesterol. He again pleaded with me to consider the surgery, adding that my risks for significant health concerns were increasing due to my age. I expressed how frustrated I was that no matter what I did I could not seem to lose any more weight. He then shared research that supported his recommendation for me to have the surgery. I agreed to have a consultation and made the appointment with Dr. Cheregi.
Prior to my appointment with Dr. Cheregi, I had the good fortune to hear him present at a medical department meeting where he passionately shared the message about the number of people with obesity, the fact that obesity kills, and that he had the answer to change this. When I met with Dr. Cheregi and his team and as they explained the program, I realized I was going to schedule the surgery for my health.
It has been the best decision in my life. The surgery and post-op program allowed me to establish healthy eating, regular activity, hydration, and overall healthy habits. For the first time in over 40 years, I am no longer morbidly obese or obese. I am now in the overweight category nearing a healthy weight. I lead a full active confident life with improved health. I no longer require blood pressure medication or insulin resistance meds. All my lab values are exceptional. I am pain-free and able to do things I dreamed of such as hiking in a national park, dancing my heart out all night long, and so much more. Also, I did not realize how much my morbid obesity robbed me of being confident. I am grateful for Dr. Cheregi, his team, and the program that allowed me to re-teach my taste buds, prioritize my health, and enrich my life. Do not hesitate to take the next step to your health, well-being, and full life.
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