Quality of Life After Successful Weight Loss Surgery
Five 'successful losers' tell their story about life after bariatric surgery.
TaJuan M., of Memphis, Tenn.: continued...
TaJuan's key challenge: Her job involves a lot of travel, and
sticking to a healthy diet can be difficult. "I can't easily mix up
high-protein smoothies in my hotel room," she says. Her solution? She did
some research, and found a liquid protein drink made for people with medical
conditions -- then got her doctor's OK. "I wanted to make sure I was
getting the nutrition I needed," she says.
Though she’s not into sports, "I do like walking," TaJuan says,
"especially walking around my neighborhood. I get in about a half-hour
every day. I'm walking four flights of stairs every day. I'm in better shape to
People keep telling her how great she looks, she says. "They're asking
my husband, 'Are you going to be able to handle this new wife you've got?'"
Her reply: "I'm sticking with the man who stuck with me through thick and
Peggy K., of Pittsburgh:
It's been 18 months since Peggy had gastric banding surgery -- and
she's dropped from 200 to 150. Losing those 50 pounds has boosted her health in
many ways. She had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.
Now, "I have a lot more energy,” Peggy says. “I look better, wear smaller
sizes. My cholesterol is normal. I'm not diabetic."
Because of the weight loss surgery, it's a lot easier to stop eating when
she's full, she says. "I knew I needed that physical barrier, because I
don't like to deprive myself. When I'm enjoying something, I want to keep
eating it. The band is a saving grace."
When she eats out with friends, Peggy says, she simply can't eat an entire
entrée. "I take half of it home for the next day -- or I just order an
appetizer for dinner."
Peggy's key challenge: She eats too many snack foods, too may sweets,
and drinks too many chai lattes, Peggy admits. They go down easily, but don't
make her feel full -- and add too many calories to her diet. "I give in to
temptation," she says. "It's a struggle."