I want to offer a special thanks to
Margaret White for sharing her success with us. Here is her
I have been overweight all my life. As I got
older, I got bigger. No matter how hard I tried, I kept
gaining. I tried every diet known to man, including the
predigested protein diet. I did Weight Watchers, Atkins,
and low-cal, low-fat diets. I would lose, and then gain.
It was a vicious cycle. I decided it was time for me to
break the cycle. I was tired of being overweight and
I had Lap Band surgery on April 30,
2010 and have lost 84 pounds to date. I weighed in at 332
pounds and am down to an amazing 248, which I have not seen
in many, many years. My surgeon is Dr. Jonathon Reich at
SOCH Medical Center in Manahawkin, NJ. He has a great
Although I have not reached my goal, I
feel very successful, and have counted my successes in many
ways. I have the ability to walk more than 10 feet without
feeling like I was going to die; the ability to sit in a
booth at a restaurant; the ability to play with my children
who are 3 and 8; the ability to work out; and the ability to
ride on Mt. Everest and Soarin at Disney. These are many
successes I am experiencing on the way to my actual weight
goal, which is 162. Other goals I am looking to achieve are
learning to swim this summer and running the half-marathon
at Disney in 2012.
I had to have six months of nutrition
classes before my surgery along with cardiology, psych,
pulmonary and GI evaluations. At the beginning, I thought I
was never going to make it, that the six months would never
pass. Just the opposite happened, they went very quickly.
I learned a lot about myself and my eating habits. I found
out that I was an emotional stress-eater and swallowed
everything with a piece of chocolate.
By the end of the six months, I was
both physically and mentally ready for my new journey in
life. At this point I have found myself to be very
energetic, less stressed, more interested in life, and
living it. I cannot wait to see what is around the corner
and what tomorrow will bring.
We went to Disney for my daughter’s
birthday and I was able to go on rides and really enjoy
myself. In the past, I was always afraid that I would not
fit, or that maybe the ride would not run. I was too
embarrassed to even get on. Now, the new ME enjoyed Disney
to its fullest.
Now my new lifestyle includes eating
healthy foods, making wise choices, exercising regularly,
and taking care of myself. I hired a personal trainer,
Arlene, through hometraininggroup.com. I am very excited by
this. I have all the equipment in my home including a bike,
treadmill, elliptical machine and weight system. Arlene is
very helpful because I was not sure that I was using each
piece of equipment to either my or its potential.
These days I own my life, and nothing
can change that. There are no excuses; there is no reason
for them. I have lost the guilt of overeating and dieting, then overeating and dieting again. I have broken the vicious cycle
and never want to return to that life again.
One of my biggest supporters is my
husband. He has helped me in any way he can, and cheers me
on. He has built a gym in our home, so I do not have to
worry about traveling to one. He makes sure that if we go
out, we go to a “ME friendly” place. A very close second
are my children. Even at their ages, they always make sure
I can eat what I am eating. My 3 year old always asks if my
booboo is getting better. She rubs my scar so it feels
better. I have a great support system with friends and
family. This has been one of the most positive experiences
in my life. I thank these people for all their help. I like
to talk to anyone that wants to listen and needs help. It
is very important to give back when you have been so lucky.
I also want to thank you, Barbara. Not
only do I look forward to receiving your newsletters, I also
“Inspirations to Lose Weight” messages. I love
them and they have helped so much through some rough days.
I have printed them and keep them with me. I have been able
to get strength from them and keep going. I am sure you
have made a difference in many lives, and I know that I am
one of them.
I want everyone to know that they
should take pride in even the smallest successes that they
have accomplished, like being able to bend over and tie your
shoes. I know I find something new every day to take joy
in, and try for something more tomorrow. I now have such a
Something I will never forget is a line
from the movie “Flashdance.” “When you lose your dreams,
you die.” Even if you do not die physically, you do die
mentally. My goals are my dreams, and I will make them come
true. I will never lose sight of them; and they are coming
true one at a time. I will keep making new ones every time
I achieve one.
I love good news. If you have good
news, a success story to share, or inspiration, please send
it to me at
Barbara@wlscenter.com so that I can include it in future