Transformation of the Day: Veronica lost 134 pounds. Last year, she found out that she had two Neuroendocrine Tumors on her pancreas and that she had diabetes. The solution for her chronic pain was weight loss and surgery to remove the tumors. Post-surgery, she changed her eating habits, worked out and released the weight. Check out her story.
Last year around June, I was suffering from side, stomach and back pain after eating. After many tests, I was diagnosed with having two Neuroendocrine Tumors on my pancreas. The tumors were there for over ten years and still slowly growing. I was also diagnosed with diabetes.
The tumors caused me to have chronic body pain and pancreatitis because my pancreas was blocked at both the head and the tail. My pancreas was pumping continually trying to assist with food digestion. The food I ate would not digest correctly, causing extreme body pain and weight gain.
I found out that the only way to fix this would be weight loss and surgery to remove one tumor. So, on July the 9th 2018, I had a partial Pancreaticoduodenectomy. I was in surgery for 9 hours and recovered in the hospital for almost three weeks. I was out of work for nearly four months as well.
God knows this was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me in my entire life. After surgery, I had to change my diet and start exercising. The road has not been easy, nor will it get any easier. Now, ten months later, I have managed to stay on track with support from the good man above. I am no longer a diabetic, and I’ve lost 134 pounds! God is sooo good! I have a long way to go, but this is a start.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 423 pounds, and my current weight is 289 pounds. (Height, 5’5″)
How did you change your eating habits?
I stopped eating beef, pork, and fried foods. I cut down carbs to having 1-2 portions a day.
How often do you workout? What does your workout routine consist of?
I workout 4-5 days a week. Cardio, weights and core exercises, such as reverse crunches, bicycle crunch, leg drops, and starfish crunches. I work my core during every workout.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
I’ve learned not to make excuses. Just get up/out and do it.
What advice do you have for other women who want to lose weight?
Surround your self with positive people. Stay focused on your goal/goals, no matter how hard it gets. Never put off today for tomorrow because you will never get today back.
If you mess up at breakfast, start over at lunch. If you mess up at lunch, start over at dinner. Never wait until the next day, week or month to get back on track. Drink a lot of water and keep God first.