I have been roller-coaster dieting most of my adult life. I’ve tried everything from fad diets, pills, to the more extreme prescriptions, such as Meridia.
Always resulting in additional weight gain, but catching myself saying the same thing, "This time I am serious" or "this diet makes sense and will work" or the dreaded "I’ll start again on Monday." Always having a voice telling me this time will be different and I would have the willpower, right?
I weighed 405 pounds. At five-ten, I was morbidly obese more than 200 pounds over my ideal weight. I appeared to be happy, but inside I was miserable. After 14 years of type 2 diabetes, I realized that I was never going to lose the weight on my own. I had tried everything. People with an overeating problem must reach a point of realization and seek additional help. For me I believe each person has a defining moment when they realize that they need to make a dramatic change. I was never full. I would eat a large dinner and an hour later I’d be ready for dinner again. I even lost my true passion, snow skiing. I was just too large and uncomfortable to ski anymore. The last straw was during a vacation when we were going to ride a roller-coaster I was too big to ride and was asked to get off. That’s when I knew I couldn’t do this on my own. I surrendered to myself. It was time to get help.
I attended seminars in the El Paso area at different hospitals to get more information about weight loss surgery. The seminar I attended that was right for me was Dr. Michael Lara’s at Del Sol Hospital. I felt very insecure as I walked into the building. I was greeted immediately, and made to feel welcome and not judged. Dr. Lara himself gave the seminar and with his question and answer session, he made me feel very comfortable treating me like a person, not a number. I left feeling well-informed and knew Del Sol Bariatric was the right choice.
The next steps took a while to complete. Dr Lara and the staff at Del Sol Bariatric Center are strict but thorough and they know what it takes for success. The program follows the required discipline for your insurance plan. Even if you get the denial letter from the insurance, do not let that get you down. The steps are easy enough but do take time, follow the request to the penny and ask questions along the way to stay informed.
This site and the blog attached are here to tell you of my experience and hopefully help you get answers and advice to make this process a success. Thanks for visiting.