Julie - 257 lbs. Weight Loss

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Julie - 257 lbs. Weight Loss

I had surgery on December 20th, 2011, and really, it was a life defining moment for me. I spent a long time researching surgical options and selecting a surgeon before making this decision (a couple of years!). It wasn’t something I went into on a whim. I knew that if I was going to make this decision, it was going to be life altering. I think at the time, however, I was just thinking about all the things I would be giving up – not necessarily the things I would gain. I ended up selecting Dr. Richards and BMI because I really was interested in their entire program. I knew that having the support of the entire team – surgeons, medical staff, dietitian, trainer, etc. would be crucial for me. They spent so much time with me every step of the way, as I struggled through the first few months, and later as they cheered me on through my successes. They coached me through the realization that these habits I was forming were permanent, and they helped me see the joy in the choices I was making.

While I am still a “work in progress”, to date I have lost 257 pounds. I no longer have sleep apnea and my PCOS has drastically improved. I no longer take any medications (other than my daily regimen of vitamins!) and my life has changed so much! I just did my first 5K and (surprisingly!) I really enjoyed it – something I would never have imagined two years ago. I have more energy than I ever could have dreamed and I am so happy that I finally made the decision to have surgery. I will forever be indebted to Dr. Richards and the BMI team for the gift they have given me.

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