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Advice from Real NewStart Patients

If you are obese, weight loss surgery may be an option to help you control your weight and improve your overall quality of life - but don’t take our word for it - see how weight loss surgery changed the lives of these real NewStart patients and what they want you to know if you’re considering it as a solution.

In what ways has the surgery changed your life? What are some of your biggest non-scale victories?

The surgery gave me the opportunity to eat to live instead of my living to eat. I get hungry but I now have control.

-Monica

 

Getting off my insulin. Having been a four times a day insulin taker this is huge for me to not have to take insulin so far. I will save over a thousand dollars a quarter in getting off my previous medications. In less than 3 months since my surgery I am already over 50% towards my ultimate weight loss goal!

-Jerry

 

I no longer have knee pain! I was living in severe, crippling knee pain before weight loss. I was able to go to Colorado this past August and participate with my extended family in building a cabin in the mountains - something I definitely could not have done before surgery!

-Donna

 

This surgery has changed my life dramatically. It has definitely brought my blood pressure down. It has also helped the stress on my legs and joints. I feel better and look better. This surgery has given me a new beginning and I am so glad that I did it.

-Welton

What were your biggest hurdles you had to overcome, either before, during or after surgery?

The surgery alone cannot be the solution. Exercise, lowering caloric intake and changing your bad eating habits is a life long journey. Take it one step, one day, one week at a time and watch the amazing results. I wish I had done it 10 years ago, but am thankful I did it now and changed my life for the better. I recommend it to any considering changing the frustrations of obesity and dealing with being a diabetic.

-Jerry

 

Fear of surgery; fear of failure; learning to differentiate between head hunger and true hunger; and finding new ways to deal with emotional distress instead of by eating.

-Donna

 

I love food! I have had to realize the difference from enjoyment and over indulgence. You can love something without over doing it. For me this is still an ongoing lesson.

-Leah

What one thing would you tell someone considering weight loss surgery?

I feel New Start has been wonderful! The team helped me make an educated decision and supported me all the way. The one thing I would say to someone considering surgery is "DO IT"! You will thank yourself!

-Leah

 

I would tell someone considering surgery to do a lot of research. Know the pros and cons of each surgery. Know your possible side effects. And be ready for a life change. This is the best thing I have ever did for myself and my family. I wouldn't change a thing.

-Kelly

 

I had the gastric sleeve, and I feel it is the best decision I have ever made. I wish I would have done it sooner, and I know I will never regret having this done. I am healthier and feel better than I have in a long time. Don't be ashamed or afraid to try surgery to help yourself improve your health.

-Rona

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