Living in Riverside, California, I was fed up with my lifestyle and how things were going. I was emotionally depressed and had a tough time getting out of bed. I took care of 6 kids while going to law school and getting my master’s degree while juggling an already busy schedule.
This was forcing me into a bad routine and unhealthy eating habits. I found myself eating at all hours of the night, especially before bedtime. My weight grew and grew until it was almost impossible to bend over and put on my shoes.
Taking My Life Back
I decided to take my life back and started researching bariatric surgery. After a year of searching around, I chose to go with Mexico Bariatric Center to undergo gastric sleeve surgery in Mexico.
I was impressed with Dr. Ismael Cabrera’s long list of educational credentials and how the entire staff treated me when I was there. I was grateful to bring my friend with me during the trip who stayed in the hospital with me* and supported me emotionally throughout the whole process.
My Surgery Experience
I underwent surgery in August. I was always scared to do it, but at that time, I knew I had to. I was a size 24, and now, after seven months, I’ve lost 88 pounds and now fitting into a size 6! Even just 2 ½ months after the surgery, I dropped 45 pounds*. I’m so excited, and my energy has come back! I never want to add on another pound again!
4 hours after my surgery, I was already walking around and overwhelmed but happy that I went through the procedure. I was already feeling better, and I was able to go sightseeing all around the beaches of Tijuana with my friend the next day. Now seven months later, I’m still feeling great and love sharing my story with other folks in the same position.
My Life After Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Before I finally decided to have the gastric sleeve, I had the same worries, so many of us have had.
One of the fears I had and think everybody has had regarding weight loss surgery is hair loss. Yeah, I’m dealing with it, but it’s not the end of the world. It comes in phases and is really manageable, especially with the right hairstyles and proper treatment.
My Love for Food
The biggest challenge for me was getting over my love of food. I consider myself a food critic, and I love to cook with friends, so it was always hard to stop eating after three bites. It was even harder not to overeat as a vegetarian, but luckily, the sleeve makes it uncomfortable to eat too much. Every time I wanted to go for an extra bite or try a friend’s meal, I was able to stop myself and lose the weight I wanted to.
How It’s Impacted My Life
At the end of the day, it’s all a mental game. It took me a while to get used to being around food and restaurants and not feel like overeating, but it was worth it. I love eating fast food, but now I try to avoid it completely. For me, I’ve been off my obesity medicine after just three months. I was borderline diabetic and had major back problems, but I’ve been healthier and happier since the sleeve.
This experience has changed my life for the better, and I’m hoping my story helps others choose health over food.
Mexico Bariatric Center helps individuals from all over the World, including the US and Canada, achieve weight loss success through medical tourism. Those who are looking for a kick-start to a new life, or those just wanting to know more, should contact us today. We’d be happy to help.
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* DISCLAIMER. Individuals’ results will vary; there is no guarantee stated or implied.