Lost 125 Pounds
Hello, my name is Michelle. I used to weigh 354 pounds. My weight has been
a struggle as long as I can remember. I was the largest girl in elementary
school, junior high and high school. I was the largest in our family.
I grew up watching my sisters playing sports that I couldn’t and
shopping in stores that I couldn’t buy anything but hair clips.
Even traveling by plane was a problem. Sitting was painful, as my hips
would dig into the armrests. It was embarrassing to ask (the size 6) flight
attendant for a seat belt extender.
Then my weight began to affect my health. I began battling high blood pressure
at 21. In the past, I had tried to lose weight going to my first Weight
Watchers meeting when I was 13. I have tried more dieting aids, dieting
pills and diet plans than I can remember. I was worried, unhappy and needed
help. I was 26 years old. I heard about laparoscopic gastric surgery and
thought it might be my answer. I met with Dr. Justin Braverman and scheduled
On the day of my surgery, I was scared, but sure this was the right decision.
I had the unconditional support and encouragement of my family and friends.
I knew that I had chosen the best team to perform the surgery and had
a medical support team to teach me how to live my new life in the healthiest
way possible. I now celebrate November 26th each year. This was my surgery date.
I celebrate this day as much as my actual birthday because this is when
I began my new life! Today I have lost over half my body weight. I weigh
175 pounds and have never been happier. About 4 months after my surgery
I discovered how it felt to walk to the top of the stairs without losing
my breath. By 6 months after surgery I was trying things that I never
would have even dreamed of in my old life. I had taken up surfing, playing
tennis and running. I ran my first 5k September of 2008! I run races regularly
now. My life has turned around. Before surgery I had heard people say
the only regret they had was not doing the surgery sooner in their lives.
I know what they are talking about and completely agree. With the gastric
bypass and the skills that I have learned with The New Program, I have
the tools to keep the weight off for life. I will never be that woman
who was missing out on her own life and watching from the sidelines. I
am the woman living her life to the fullest!