Update May 2019: Shout out to Octavia. We have been following her journey since 2016 and she lost 148 pounds. Check out her update.
It is almost 3 years since my Gastric Bypass surgery on 6-10-16. I have officially lost 148 pounds. Yasss! My starting weight at the time of my surgery was 317 pounds. My current weight is 169 pounds. My goal weight: 169 pounds. I’ve done everything I was supposed to do post surgery. I have received all my plastic surgeries now, as well as breast implants, tummy tuck and arm lift. Instagram: @1divataedoll
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Octavia lost 62 pounds. She had to overcome unhealthy eating habits, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. At 317 pounds, she decided to seek out help from her doctors and opted to have weight loss surgery this year. Check out her transformation story.
Hello, My name is Octavia. I had been overweight all my life, but I really never looked like it because I’m 5 feet, 10 1/2 inches tall. The highest weight I have ever been was 346 pounds. In the past, I had bad eating habits. I also had high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I would try diets here and there, but they never seemed to work. My biggest issue was eating sweets and I’m blessed because I never got diabetes.
I think that all woman are beautiful, big and small. However, when it starts to mess with your health a change has to be made. So, after years of trying different things I finally decided to have gastric bypass weight loss surgery on June 10, 2016. That was almost 3 months ago and have lost 62 pounds so far.
Having surgery is not easy. You have to learn what to eat and how much to eat. I’m no longer on any blood pressure medication. The only thing I have to take for the rest of my life is vitamins. What motivated me to have surgery was my doctors saying that this is what I needed to do to be healthy, have my blood pressure lowered and prevent diabetes.
After surgery, your food intake must include a lot of protein. You can’t eat much, but you have to try and make sure you can get your protein in. You may only able to eat 2 tablespoons at a time, if at all. Through it all, I’m still for Gastric Bypass. There are many more forms of weight loss surgery available. That is something you can discuss with a doctor in terms of what is best for you.
My starting weight, at the time of surgery, was 317 pounds. Now, I weigh 255 pounds and that amount is changing daily. Right now, my workouts consist of a lot of walking.
My advice to others: If you have tried all that you can to lose weight and it’s just not working, you should visit your doctor and get a nutritionist to go over you meals. Some people can’t really lose weight on their own. No matter how hard they try, they need help.
Updates 2017: Shout out to Octavia! She’s lost 134 pounds.
Nov 2016: Octavia continues to have success after gastric bypass surgery. She’s lost 35 more pounds since September.
At the time of my gastric bypass surgery, I weighed 317 pounds. Now, I weigh 220 pounds. I’ve lost 97 pounds lost in 5 months. I’ve done everything I was supposed to do post surgery. I’m looking to lose 25 more pounds and I’m set.
Major changes to your lifestyle and eating habits are required with weight loss surgery. You adjust to change as soon as you learn that food is a mental thing. My eating routine includes lots of protein, which could be protein from meat or protein drinks. After surgery, You have to learn your new stomach. Vegetables are a must, as well as plenty of water and vitamins. For exercise, I still just walk a lot. I don’t do any heavy lifting at all. The main lesson I have learned on this journey is that you have to make sure you are ready. You have to make sure that you are doing this for yourself. It’s your body.
Weight loss surgery isn’t for everyone. However, if you have health issues and you are ready for change I encourage you to reach out and seek medical advice. Surgery has helped me mentally and physically. You have one life and if your lifestyle is causing health issues then you have to think about your future. You have to think about how long you want to live. I’m a living witness to what weight loss surgery can do. It is a tool to help you get your health in tip top shape. Keep your head up and know who you are. – Updated Instagram: @1divataedoll