Transformation of the Day: Janet lost 155 pounds. Weighing almost 500 pounds and faced with pre-diabetes and hypertension, she made the decision to have the gastric sleeve procedure. Although surgery proved to be a good tool, changing her eating habits is what really made the difference. Check out what she shared with us about her journey.
I lost 155 pounds and counting. I weighed close to 500 pounds when the doctor told me I was pre-diabetic and hypertensive. Knowing that I lost my mother to complications from diabetes, I decided to make a change. I had the Gastric Sleeve weight loss surgery. The surgery was definitely a tool to help me on my journey.
I’m 5 ft 8 inches and it took me 2 years to lose the weight. I still have a ways to go but I’m determined to never give up till I reach my goal. I’m trying to trying to get to 195 pounds. I am no longer on any medication, but I do take vitamins.
How did your eating habits change?
Before surgery, I tried several diets, including Weight Watchers, low calorie liquid diets, etc. They worked, the results were not permanent. After surgery, I maintained portion control and ate a high protein diet. I stopped eating fast food, fried foods and carbs. Then, I met a terrific young lady who taught me how to make lasting lifestyle changes. My coach, Jenise Super, helped me find a healthier way of life. I began taking control of my life and lost another 50 pounds.
How did your exercise habits change?
I walked a lot after surgery and joined a gym. For the most part, I walked everyday, 4 times week.
What advice would you give to other people who want to lose weight?
My advice to others would be to make lifestyle change and you will achieve your goals. Start living now. Don’t wait until you are forced to eat healthy because of health threats. Say no to empty calories and eat better today. You won’t regret it. I would also add that weight loss surgery is a tool, not the answer. You still have to work hard to get pounds off and keep them off.