Weight….it’s a never ending problem, isn’t it? We all want something. We want to lose; we want to gain. We want to look better in our jeans or we want a skinnier waist. There’s not one of us who isn’t trying to look as good as we possibly can, right?
But what about when it’s more? When it’s no longer a cosmetic look but health that drives us to the understanding that we simply have to do something about our weight? When we’ve tried every diet, every exercise, every supplement, and we still can’t get the weight off, what do we do then?
Our blood pressure becomes affected and then our system turns diabetic because we can’t lose the weight, and we look to meds to control those health issues…until the meds no longer do their job. What do we do then?
Today, texansunited.com brings you the story of Debby Armstrong, a fifty whatever year old who found herself exactly in the situation that I have just described. Her health was affected by her weight, and she was way, way too young to allow that to continue, and yet she had tried every diet “out there” along with every exercise and every supplement. Nothing worked.
Here at United, we asked Debby to tell you her story in her own words.*
After Yo-Yo dieting for years, I was unable to lose any weight. I probably lost and gained 40 pounds three or four times. I started feeling poorly and had many symptoms, but never once thought I was diabetic. After walking on tingling feet that felt like sponges containing needles, numerous nightly treks to the bathroom, severe headaches, and flu-like fatigue, in the year 2000, I was finally diagnosed with diabetes.
I began medication for my diabetes with pills. After a decade, I still could not get my diabetes under control. Finally, the day came that I began insulin injections. This was something I dreaded doing; however, the daily injections in my stomach were less painful than pricking my fingers for testing blood sugar levels.
I continually walked and exercised, and I always thought I was watching what I ate daily. Blood sugar levels continued to go up and down, and I never could get a constant reading. Finally I began Byetta injections along with twice a day Lantus insulin injections and morning and evening dosages of Metformin for diabetes.
In the summer of 2012, I developed plantar fasciitis and strained my achilles tendon. My walking became nonexistent, and my blood sugar levels were up all the time. I stressed myself for not being able to walk, and that caused my blood sugar to elevate even more.
After a stressful, worried year, I contacted True Results for a consultation. I had contacted them two years earlier but convinced myself I could control my dieting without their help.
Within days of contacting True Results again, I was scheduled for a consultation appointment with Fort Worth Lap-Band. Everything with insurance and scheduling fell into place, and I was able to qualify for lap-band surgery.
I began a two week pre-diet along with counseling for after surgery diets, becoming knowledgeable about my intake of protein. Then, on August 5, 2013, I went in for lap-band surgery!
As of February 19, 2014, I have lost 55 lbs. I continually learn how to eat and live with a new lifestyle. I feel great, and I do not take any medications for my diabetes. My ultimate goal was to be free of all my diabetic medications, and my blood sugar levels have stabilized and remain normal.
Obviously, I know that lap-band surgery may not be for everyone; however, it has been the best option for me. My wish is for everyone to establish a healthy lifestyle before a disease begins to dictate what, when, and how you live daily.
I do need to be sure that you know that because of her great success in both weight loss and health maintenance, Debby now works part time with True Results. She is passionate about the fact that she believes it totally possible to lose large amounts of weight and remain healthy. She also believes that True Results has given her back her life.
I suppose the thing that has impressed me the most about Debby’s story is the fact that (more than anyone I know who has had this surgery) she is totally committed to staying healthy, and she monitors extremely closely everything that she puts into her mouth in terms of eating healthy first and eating empty calories second. Here at United we know that she is going to be a huge SUCCESS on this journey!*Texansunited.com brings you this message of hope for informational purposes only. We do not endorse True Results or any other surgical company.