Jenny Hunt: Ninety Pounds in Eight Months"I can't even begin to tell you how good I feel"
I have been self conscious about my weight since middle school. The only part on my body that I didn’t think was fat was my ankles, wrists and fingers. Then I went to college, got married, and had a baby and my assumptions of myself as a youth were actual truth. I didn’t recognize myself anymore. I remember seeing a picture of myself from a family get together and I cried. I couldn’t believe how far I had let myself go. I was a size 24/26 and those jeans were getting tight. I weighed 303.3 pounds.
I tried taking Adipex, Weight Watchers, Counting Calories… pretty much everything except for the diets where you have to buy their frozen food dishes. I finally decided in March of 2015 that I had to do something drastic. If I didn’t, I would forever have health issues. My cholesterol was through the roof and I was exhausted all of the time. I was scared that a heart attack was in my future if I didn’t make a change and I didn’t want that for my family. I wanted to be able to get up and down off the floor without losing my breath. I wanted to be able to chase after my son in the back yard when he got older.
I started writing a blog when I first seriously started considering weight loss surgery and made a list of reasons why I thought having surgery would be the best option for me.
- I’m tired of being self conscious. EVERY time I sit in a chair I’m worried if I’m going to fit or even worse… those dreadful folding chairs- will they hold me? Will I need a seat belt extender on an airplane?
- I want to paint my own toe nails and not feel like I’m suffocating in the process.
- I’ve exceeded the maximum size they sell in regular clothing stores.
- I want my husband and son to be proud of me. I don’t want to be the overweight mom who has to sit on the school bus seat by herself on field trips because she’s too big to let someone else sit with her.
- I want to live… and live life to the fullest.
I went to see Dr. Fore in April 2015 and we discussed my weight loss options. I did some research myself and thought that the gastric sleeve would be best for me and he agreed. I literally had pages of questions for him. What if I end up with stomach cancer? How many sleeves has he performed? How many leaks has he experienced with patients? I loved that he didn’t make me feel bad about my weight. He was so positive and encouraging throughout the entire process. He took his time with me and answered every question with such detail that I felt 100% confident that I had made the right choice and had found the right doctor for me.
Before surgery I had to go see a nutritionist and psychiatrist which were very helpful. They both showed me that I was an emotional eater and helped me understand how I would have to make healthier choices from this point forward.
I was sleeved on June 3, 2015. I am now 8 months post-op and have lost 90 pounds. I’ve lost 42.5 inches from my body – including 6.5 from my bust, 9 from my waist and 10.5 from my hips. I’ve gone from a size 24/26 to a size 14/16. I can’t even being to tell you how amazing I feel. I have so much more energy. I’m never hungry and even have to make myself eat so that I get enough protein each day. I love water, which I never thought I’d say.
I have confidence. (This is probably my favorite thing about my new self.) I’ve always known that my husband has loved me but now when he looks at me I know that he is proud of me. I’m proud of myself! I eat and cook completely different than I did 8 months ago and I can’t tell you how thankful I am for that. My son is growing up eating fruits and vegetables that I never would have touched before surgery.
I can’t thank Dr. Fore and his staff enough for their help. He helped me make one of the best decisions of my life. I trust Dr. Fore completely with my healthcare. It meant so much to have him pray with me before surgery. I know that he is honest in his care and wants what is best for me. He’s not just collecting a check.
My insurance did not pay for the surgery so I had to pay with Care Credit, which has been an incredible experience. It was so easy to set up an account and was interest free if paid off in the first 6 months.
If you are considering weight loss surgery, please call Dr. Daniel Fore. It will forever change your life if you make this decision. No, it’s not always easy and you do have to make sacrifices, but if you’re sick of feeling sluggish, worried about your health and ashamed like I was the sacrifices that you have to make are absolutely worth it!
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