His and Her Stories, Part Two

Last week, Bob Reynolds shared his weight-loss success story. This week, it’s his wife Vicky’s turn:

Vicky: “I went on Weight Watchers two years ago and lost 35 pounds in a year, which wasn’t bad, but it’s not a lot either. Then, I decided to rest a bit. Of course, you end up cheating a little here and there, and before I knew it, I gained back 27 pounds. I said to myself, I can’t keep doing this.

“I had never heard of the sleeve gastrectomy until my husband Bob went to a seminar with a friend. When he told me about it, it sounded like something I would want to do.

“So then I talked with Dr. Angstadt at New York Bariatric for about two hours. He was the greatest. He answered every question I had. He never once looked at his watch, checked his computer or rolled his eyes. I left there convinced that this was something I could do and, in the long run, it would be worth it.

“Six months later, I’m down 55 pounds, and I’m excited.

“I was 213 pounds the day of the surgery. Now I weigh 159. I had the procedure the week before Christmas. Bob had his the week before Thanksgiving.

“When Bob went through it, I noticed he wasn’t asking for pain medicine. He said the most it felt like was as if he did a few too many sit-ups. The hardest part was drinking. When you’re thirsty, you tend to gulp, but after the procedure, you can’t do that. But you get past that, and you learn how to drink right.

“We eat healthier now. It’s not that we don’t eat junk food, so to speak — but we eat protein, then vegetable, then carbs. I used to have a bite of meat, a bite of vegetables, and a bite of potato, mixing it all up. Now I eat all my meat first, then my vegetable, and if I’m still hungry, I’ll have a little bit of starch or carbohydrate.

“Potato chips happen. The funny thing is that now I can have three or four chips and be satisfied. Before, I would eat the whole bag. You just need to learn your limits. That’s the whole story. Portion control and limits.

“How do I feel? Like a million bucks. I’ve never felt so great. I exercise every morning. Nothing drastic. I ride a stationary bike, and I do a few arm exercises.

“I’ve had to battle with my weight since the seventh grade. I’ve lost it, gained it, lost it, gained it. But this time, I’m still losing.

“Before, when I went off a diet, I would eat a lot of junk. Now, I wouldn’t feel right if I did that.

“Now when I go to a party where there are a lot of chips and dips, I’ll have a couple, but if I have one too many, I feel it right away. I’m hoping that stays forever.

“I don’t have a target weight. I’m just going by how I feel and how my clothes feel. I’m going 10 pounds at a time right now. To aim for a certain number is hard, because I could look awful at that number. I’m not in my 20s, I’m in my 50s. I don’t want to look like an old lady. I still see the fat lady in the mirror.

“But my friends tell me differently. I have one friend that I’ve known for 30 years, and she says I look like I do in high school. I say, “Really? What about these wrinkles?” She says, “Well, other than that.”

“I’ve noticed now that job interviews are longer. They actually listen to what you are saying. I think there is a prejudice against people who are heavy.

“But as far as my friends go, they’re just so excited.

“So if you’re considering the procedure, I can tell you it would be the best move you ever made. There’s little to no pain afterwards, and you feel so good once the weight really starts coming off. There’s no words to describe it.”

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Thanks to Vicky and Bob for sharing their stories. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to see one of our surgeons, call our office at (516) 616-5500 or click on “Live Chat” in the upper left corner of your screen to have a conversation now.

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His and Her Stories, Part Two

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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