Let’s show some BWLW love to Arresha! She lost 176 pounds with weight loss surgery. That is almost half of her original body weight. She had the REALIZE® Adjustable Gastric Band surgery. Here is what she shared with us about her weight loss:
“My name is Arresha. I am a army retired spouse with 4 small children at 31 years young. I started this weight loss journey on November 14th 2011. I was 343 pounds and had been that way for a few years before. Nothing was helping. I was depressed was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. I decided I needed to do something about it for me, for my children and my husband. I was really overweight.
So, I had weightloss surgery. I got the REALIZE® Adjustable Gastric Band. My doctor told me I would only lose 70 pounds in 3 years, but the band is truely only a too. You have to put in work, be motivated and dedicated. I had to change my eating habits to 6 small meals a day. I can’t eat bread or drink soda. I hardly have caffeine and only eat lean meats. I walk for exercise and do sports with my children. My life has changed tremendously. After having 3 girls (less than 2 years apart for 2 of them and the other child 3-4 years apart) it was rough. All my pregnancies were high risk because of my weight. I also had high blood pressure and was unable to play with my kids because I was so tired all the time. Now I can run without being tired. I have energy and I feel blessed to have gone from 343 lbs to 167 lbs. It truly has been a journey! My advice: the band or weight loss surgery is only a tool. Tou have to be motivated and dedicated to lose weight. You are forced to change your eating habits with surgery but don’t get discouraged. Just keep going. It’s a long journey. Stick with it and the results will be awesome.”