Krista - 160 lbs. Weight Loss

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Krista - 160 lbs. Weight Loss

I was the chubby kid at age 8. By 12 I was pleasantly plump. When I was 18, I had womanly curves. I had a word for every size but what it was—unhealthy. I met my amazing husband when I was 22, 270 lbs., dress size 20. After getting married, I gained “happy fat” by going out to eat, staying home to watch movies, and not caring because I didn’t have to impress him anymore. One day I woke up and was 360 lbs. and squeezing into a size 26.

I was unhappy, unhealthy, and embarrassed to be seen by anyone, especially my thin and adorable husband. I spent months trying to get healthy on my own but struggled in every way. No matter what I did, I gained weight. After soul-searching and pride-swallowing, I admitted that I needed real help if I wanted the life I had planned (children, adventures, etc.)

I visited a few weight loss centers in Salt Lake, trying to gather as much information as possible. The Bariatric Medicine Institute was the last stop and I knew it was the right one as soon as I walked through the door. They were helpful, patient and quick to respond to every question I had. I was amazed to find that less than a month after my initial orientation, I was approved and on the list for my gastric bypass surgery.

16 months later, I am 160 lbs lighter and still dropping. I can shop in whatever store I want with no fear of sizes (I LOVE asking the associates for the next size down!) I can go for walks with my husband without getting tired every 30 feet. I can finally live the life my personality has been aching for—I travel, go dancing, play games and can plan for a family.

I can’t thank Dr. Richards enough for what she did for me and for my family. It wasn’t easy by any means. There have been huge ups and downs. I had moments where I thought I made the biggest mistake of my life (heaven forbid I not drink Mountain Dew anymore!) But it’s all worth it. To see the numbers keep dropping on the scale, the inches falling off, and the facial features finally showing! I believe my husband now when he says that I’m beautiful!

Thank you, Dr. Richards and BMI for giving me my life back! I hope everyone feeling trapped in the wrong body makes the same decision and takes control. Life is so much sweeter on the other side!!

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