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Transformation Story: Veronica

Sep 11, 2019

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A story of perseverance, and proof that hard work pays off.

Veronica struggled with her weight for years. It was a long emotional battle. But once she put her mind to it and did the work, both with her mind and her body, she found happiness. And she looks absolutely amazing! Here’s her story.

In 2005, I had Lap Band surgery, but I was not successful. I thought it would control me, like it was going to do all the work by itself. I did not follow post-op protocol and I ate whatever I wanted. I had a lot of complications and used to get sick from eating. I wasn’t losing weight and I decided to have a revision to Gastric Sleeve in June of 2015. I was hoping the sleeve would fix me. Again, I didn’t follow the post-op guidelines and I didn’t lose the weight. I almost gave up.

Then I finally decided I was ready to make a change. I met with Dr. Roshek at the Nicholson Clinic. He was very understanding but also very honest and up front with me. He told me I had stretched out my stomach. He reinforced what he has always said, “weight loss surgery is not a magic pill.” He told me he could do a revision and I could be very successful, but I needed to follow a strict diet, exercise and see a psychologist to help me overcome barriers to success.

I did just that. I had a Gastric Sleeve Revision in April of 2018. The revision was the catalyst that gave me the courage to make the change.

I knew if I didn’t deal with some emotional issues, the surgery wasn’t going to work. So I worked with a therapist who helped me realize that I started gaining weight because of trauma that happened in my childhood. I had never dealt with those feelings and I was using food for comfort. I remember being a child in my kitchen and being so upset and turning to food. I remember thinking, please don’t take my food from me. It is my friend. Thinking about my past always made me so upset. I would have a raging sensation to just want to shove everything in my face. I wanted to eat as much as I could as fast as I could. I had a lot of work to do to resolve those feelings and be able to control my eating habits. But I did it. And I developed new healthy habits.

Now I work out, I go to Orange Theory and I’m trying kick boxing. I like to mix up my exercise routine. I also watch what I eat. I eat small healthy portions every couple of hours and am working really hard to maintain my weight.

I’ve lost about 80 pounds total. I went from a size 22 to a 10/12. I look the best I ever looked in my life! I look and feel so much younger!

Yet, after the revision I still wasn’t totally satisfied with my body. Even though I had lost all the weight I still had excess, hanging skin. I didn’t like the way I looked in the mirror.

I decided to have a tummy tuck and some body contouring done in December 2018. I used to look in the mirror and hate what I saw. Not anymore. I look in the mirror and I think I look amazing! My head and my heart are finally aligning. And it feels great!

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