Kristen's Weight Loss Surgery Success Story
Lost 115 Pounds
I have very heavy "genes" in my family and could see that the direction I was headed would lead me to look similar to my grandfather and sisters, each weighing more than 300 pounds with multiple weight-related issues like diabetes, joint pain and high blood pressure.
I had been a very active and aggressive athlete throughout my life, playing volleyball and soccer for more than 20 years. It was all this activity that helped me maintain a healthy weight. I knew my body had a tendency to be heavy, but had no idea what I would face as I got older.
At 28, I had my one and only child. After having her, I could not lose weight no matter what I tried to do.
It was as if my metabolism had been completely lost and didn't know how to function. I tried to exercise and eat less but with a busy career, family, stress and traveling for work, it was very difficult to keep any consistency in my life when it came to a weight loss and workout program. After 10 years, I had gained 120 pounds and was very unhappy with how I felt and looked. It was time to take permanent action.
I had my gastric bypass on November 3, 2008; it has been the most amazing year since my surgery. I have lost 115 pounds and finally feel like myself again. In my initial consultation with Dr. Chae, he told me "it is about getting your life back," and he was right! Losing my weight has allowed me to once again do the things in life I enjoy most, playing sports, having fun with my family, horseback riding and exercising. I can hardly wait to exercise each day!!
I have no regrets. I wish others could have this same life changing experience; it has been completely worth all the work!