Leonor’s Weight Loss Surgery Story #ChangingMoreLives
Sometimes I can’t believe I am the same person. I got a second chance and I am so glad I chose Dr. Kim. – Leonor
My Weight Loss Story
More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. I was one of these statistics. My obesity was the cause of several health issues I have been dealing with the past 10 years. I have been diabetic for more than 15 years and I was on insulin, using the pump for 10 years. It was also the cause of my constant migraines, sleep apnea, skin condition and overall physical challenge. The quality of my life was rapidly deteriorating and all I could think of was my family.
For many years I have tried diets, pills, workout routines, expecting a miracle that I would soon lose the weight, but yet continued with my ugly habits. I drank a diet coke every single day, I had carbohydrates and saturated fats all the time. I did try several times to stop that but got no results. I was disappointed and running to my comfort food. Some people say that the problem with obesity is with fast food chains, yet, I have to say that the problem with obesity is our own fault. Yes, we might live in a fast environment and that was my excuse to pick up something on the go, always ignoring the healthy choices. Obesity is common, serious and very expensive.
“The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention., 2015.) I was spending almost $1200.00 a month in medical bills, medicine and equipment I needed for my insulin pump and sleep apnea. This was out of pocket money, not counting what insurance paid.
My BMI was 39+ at this point. I knew what I needed to do, but couldn’t, and always failed at every single attempt. It got harder and I became depressed running to food as my escape. Many times family approached me to state the obvious and I just felt like nothing and at some point in my life I just wanted to disappear for good. One day I was with my daughter and I passed out. She frantically called her dad at work. She was so scared and when I woke up and saw her eyes full of tears, it broke my heart. Later that night she approached me and asked me to please not die. I realized then that I had hit bottom. This is the moment when my prayers where answered and God was knocking at my door.
We were ready to have dinner and watching tv, when I saw a commercial for Kim Bariatric Institute. I thought about it, and I talked to my husband. A week later I called them and made the appointment. This was in September 2014. I was still not sure and went to do some research to find more about this procedure.
December 2014, I made my decision to have The Kim Inverted Gastric Sleeve, with Dr. David Kim at Kim Bariatric Institute. The best decision of my life! They explained everything to me with great detail. The staff was incredibly amazing. Dr. Kim and Dr. Holden where answering all my questions. My surgery was in January 2015. In the first month I lost a little over 30 lbs. At first I was worried because I have heard stories about people gaining all the weight back. I told myself that will not be me. I have to change my way of thinking and focus on my goal. I have to take it one day at the time. This is just a TOOL that I need to use to my favor, I need to follow every step as directed.
I started to workout and of course I rid the kitchen of junk food at home. My husband’s support has been amazing. He worked out with me for my success. People started asking me how did you do it? I said “clean eating and working out daily” is the key. I can easily eat a cheeseburger and not have been this successful but I chose not to. I make healthy choices. I tell every single person that I talk to, “it’s not a food game, it’s a mind game”. Yes, I tried this game before surgery, didn’t work! Today I have lost 96 lbs and I am so proud to say that I did have weight loss surgery. I am happy with myself for the first time in years.
I have been very active, I have run 7- 5K, 2- 10K, I do boot camps, I work out 5 to 6 days a week. I have scheduled my very first 15K in January and my very first Half Marathon in February. I was featured in a KBI commercial for the 2016 campaign and I could not be more proud and honored to represent them. I no longer have sleep apnea. My diabetes is under control. My A1C went from 13% to 5.9 which is normal and BMI went from 39+ to 24.7 which is normal. I no longer have migraine headaches. This, for me, was unbelievable. I have very restful nights and, the best part is, I am healthy and looking great and even younger.
This surgery is not for everyone. This takes determination and dedication. I would recommend this procedure to anyone that needs to lose significant amount of weight for healthy reasons. This is NOT an easy way out! This requires a lot of work and I have done that. That’s the reason for my success. I have a YouTube channel where you can see my video blogs from day 1. Blair271. Follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Face Book. #ChangingMoreLives I love the new me and my second chance in life.
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