As I sit here writing this testimonial I recall that a year ago today I was prepping for my gastric bypass surgery. My last and what I felt was a desperate act to reclaim my life for my children, my husband and most of all myself. I struggled for years to lose weight and live a healthy life. At the age of 39 and a height of 5'8", I tipped the scales at 289 pounds. I used to joke that I weighed more than the heavy weight champion of the world and most NFL linebackers. But in reality I wasn't laughing. Everyday I tried and everyday I failed to get my eating under control. It was a battle I couldn't win.
The day that I walked into Dr. Eslami's office was the day that my new life began. I made the connection, now I had to do the work. After classes, Dr. appointments, therapy and relearning how to eat I was ready for my surgery, totally informed and yet totally scared. Little did I know that this "desperate" act was the best decision that I ever made.
Today, exactly one year later, I weigh 165 pounds; that is 124 pounds down from my highest weight. I am no longer depressed, I am not on any prescribed meds and I am happier and healthier than I have ever been in my life. I exercise daily, eat sensibly and remember where I was and how I could be there again if I am not mindful and consistent in my new habits. The surgery is a tool, it is in no was an "easy fix". I work hard to take care of this gift. I am running races and preparing for things that I never thought possible and loving every minute.
I want to thank Dr. Eslami and his wonderful staff from the bottom of my heart. You are amazing and have given me a new life. I also thank my beautiful and supportive family and friends. I couldn't have gotten here without you all and I will forever be grateful. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!