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UT Surgical Weight Loss — Anissa's weight loss journey

 

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Hollie's Story Like many others, I have spent the majority of my life battling obesity.

 

When I was born, I weighed 11 pounds, 9 ounces — literally from the moment I was born I have been "bigger". As I moved from the adolescent years to the teenage years, my weight continued to be higher than average. As I entered early adulthood, I began to really struggle with having a negative self-image.

 

By the time I entered adulthood, I was still struggling with a negative self-image. At this point in my life I began to try various types of diets, diet programs, and exercise programs. Over the next 10 years (from ages 24-34) I probably lost and gained over 350 pounds. At my heaviest (in 1999) I weighed 387 pounds.

 

In 2005, I moved to San Antonio. At this time I weighed 280 pounds. I decided a new home meant a "new" me. So once again I signed up for a diet program and I joined a local gym. However, after about three months, I found myself falling back into bad eating behaviors and once again I fell off the workout wagon.

 

This cycle/fight between good and bad behaviors continued until 2009 when I attended a weight loss seminar hosted by The Weight Loss Institute at Christus Santa Rosa. What prompted me to go to this seminar was a routine visit to a PCP (I had not seen a PCP since moving to Texas). Through routine blood work, I was diagnosed with borderline diabetes. I was in a fog when I opened up the letter. I couldn't believe I was a few points short of having to start medication to control diabetes.

 

Anissa's Story My PCP told me I needed to lose weight which meant making diet modifications and starting an exercise regimen. I knew I could not do it alone, so I opted to look for a tool that could aid me in losing weight. And that is what Dr. Peterson gave me on August 8, 2012. A tool in the form of the gastric sleeve. A life-saving, life-altering tool.

 

The day I met Dr. Peterson for the first time, I weighed 265 pounds. Since my surgery, I have lost 112 pounds. I went from morbidly obese to normal weight. I have accomplished things I never thought would be possible for this 41-year-old. I started off as a person who could barely walk half a mile to someone who now runs on average 50 miles per week! This past November I ran my very first ever half-marathon. I ran the whole way and completed it in 2 hours 12 minutes and 1 second.

 

I could list 100 ways on how this surgery has changed my life for the better, from healthy eating to a very physically active lifestyle. Dr. Peterson and his amazing staff have been 100% supportive through my entire weight loss journey. They have all been very valuable assets as I have set and reached goals. I am so happy to be living the life in the healthy body I have always dreamed of having. I have only one regret — that I did not have the surgery sooner.

 

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