In our personal weight loss journeys, there is always that moment—that rock-bottom moment when you realize, “I need to do something. I need to gain control again.” My moment happened at my doctor’s office.
I was a new patient to the practice going for a routine check-up. Of course, as with all other doctors I had visited before, the topic of my weight came up. He mentioned the ideal weight range he wanted to see me in based on my height and build, and that I had to lose 50 pounds.
I stared at him with an astonished look. I told him that he either had the best scale in the world, or there was a mistake, because the numbers weren’t adding up. Unfortunately, it was the later. His nurse had written down the wrong number in my chart. I wasn’t 50 pounds overweight — I was 90 pounds overweight. Now it was his turn to look at me astonished.
He started saying words like “pre-diabetic” and “high blood pressure” and “heart disease.” All I could hear was “90 pounds overweight.” At 27 years old, I was 90 pounds overweight and talking with my doctor about the possibility of heart disease. I had to do something.
My aunt had the lap-band procedure done three years prior, and knowing of my own weight-loss struggles, she asked me if I would be interested in it too. My immediate reaction was “absolutely not.” Even though she had tremendous success, surgery was not for me. I could do it on my own. But sitting in that doctor’s office, three years and 90 pounds later, it was clear I was not doing anything on my own but making excuses.
I had tried weight loss programs before. If there was a shake, I drank it. If there was a point, I counted it. Nothing stuck for me. I would lose weight, and always gain it back… and then some. I needed to do something else. Something that would set me up for long term success and give me the tools I needed to keep the weight off for good. It was then that I made the decision to have my lap-band surgery with Dr. Chau at NJ Bariatrics.
From the moment I made that first call to schedule my consultation, I knew that I had come to the right place. The staff at NJ Bariatrics was so welcoming and comforting. They never made me feel embarrassed or ashamed of my weight. My mother came with me to my first consultation, and Dr. Chau took his time to answer every question we had, and trust me, there were quite a few. He actually ended up staying with us an hour past the office’s closing time just to make sure we were comfortable with all the information he had given us.
NJ Bariatrics also has a life coach on staff to help counsel you on your weight-loss journey, and what won me over about Donna is that she was a bariatric patient herself, and she had reached and maintained her weight loss goals. If she could do it, then I could to!
I had always been scared at the thought of getting surgery, but hearing my doctor say “pre-diabetic,” and “high blood pressure,” and “heart disease,” I knew that I should be more scared of those very realistic things that would happen if I didn’t make a change.
Getting the lap-band surgery was the best decision I have ever made. I still watch what I eat and exercise three times a week, but weight loss surgery has given me the missing tool that I needed for long-term success. Now, four months after my surgery, I’m down 43 pounds, and I have Dr. Chau and the amazing team at NJ Bariatrics to thank for helping me reclaim my life!
I still have a bit of a journey ahead of me, but I know with the ongoing support I receive at NJ Bariatrics, I will reach my goal.
— Jackie M.
You’ve heard Jackie’s success story. Now it’s time to create your success story!