Weight Loss Stories
When Crystal Fodi registered for the weight loss seminar hosted by Dr.
Zarif, she had had enough. Fortunately, she hadn’t experienced any
health problems as a result of her weight, but she knew she was heading
down that path. Food ruled her life, and her weight kept her from enjoying
it to its fullest.
At 25, she weighed 295 pounds.
She had tried diet and exercise programs over the years, but just wasn’t
able to keep off the pounds she lost.
“I want to be able to have children and run with them and have the
stamina to keep up.”
After attending the seminar with her parents, she scheduled her first
consultation for the very next day. She kept every office visit and nutrition
session scheduled, went to psychological counseling, attended every meeting
faithfully until the day arrived for her surgery.
She knew she was making a lifelong commitment, and that the gastric band
was just a tool – a very helpful tool, but a tool nonetheless –
that would help her achieve her goals. It has just as much to do with
determination and the support of your bariatric team.
Crystal has lost more than 100 pounds and has some more to lose. She’s
ecstatic about her progress.
“I feel like a whole new person,” Crystal says. ““It’s
been the best decision I could have ever made. Looking back on it –
last year, I never would have guessed I would be here.”
Millsboro, DE resident Crystal with her dog, Freckles
Annette Schoolfield originally signed up to learn more about bariatric
surgery because her daughter, who had a heart condition, was considering
gastric banding and she didn’t want her to go through it alone.
It turns out that her daughter’s heart condition was too serious
to risk surgery; but Annette was a good candidate. As she learned more
about the benefits of the procedure and the services she would have access
to through the program, she became more interested.
It took a year for her to make up her mind. It is a very big decision,
and one that is incredibly personal.
When she made the decision, she gave it her all.
“Once I had the surgery, I knew I had to do it right. I didn’t
have a choice,” Annette said.
Through the office visits and classes, she learned about how she needed
to eat and that she needed to make a commitment to physical activity.
The staff was there to answer all her questions and guide her along the
way. Nearly a year later, they are still there for her to lean on.
Annette Schoolfield, of Pocomoke, MD
The experience has changed her entire mindset. She went from exercising
occasionally to a daily walking regimen that consists of two four-mile
treks – one in the morning and one in the evening.
“If I don’t exercise, my day doesn’t start right,”
A year after surgery, she had lost around 100 pounds and had 40 or 50 to
go. But, she looks forward to stepping on that scale at the doctor’s
office to see her progress.
Annette Schoolfield, before her weight loss surgery
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