Amie Had Gastric Sleeve Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico
I was sleeved on 4-20-15 by Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela, and she was fantastic. 3 of my friends have all had her as surgeons and one had Dr. Ponce. And my friend going in November has Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela as well. A side note though, I was outside walking after my surgery and Dr. Cabrera came over to check on me. He was incredibly sweet, and I truly felt he cared about my well being. I was insanely impressed with the whole staff.
- Highest Weight: 275
- Surgery Weight on 4-20-15: 257
- Current weight as of 9-28-16: 167
I am a born and raised Alaska girl. In my head I have always been a bigger girl. Of course seeing pictures from when I was in high school I wasn’t fat at all like I thought. But I think that is
pretty common. At 18 I got really sick with bacterial spinal meningitis. That experience brought me to becoming a medic for a local ambulance service. I was very active and then got a job as a 911 operator. I love my job, but it required a lot of sitting, and coping with having really hard days with food generally. Before I knew it I was over 220 lbs. several years of yo-yo diets and nothing ever worked. One day I woke up and was 275 lbs and knew I had to do something. So I found Mexico Bariatric Center. A friend of mine went to Mexico for surgery and used a different company. Me being the emergency operator, I did a lot of research on the different companies and felt very comfortable with the info Mexico Bariatric Center provides and the access to several different entities.
My insurance wouldn’t authorize my surgery, I wasn’t “fat” enough or had enough obese related issues yet. But I knew I had to do something. I had just left a very unhappy relationship, and I knew this option was what I was looking for.
This was several years ago… But I loved that the company had all the information about the doctor’s on the website. Also at the time one of the patient coordinators was a lady named Cindy who was very helpful. I really liked that you guys showed success rates, gave good examples of the different surgeries, and also are honest with it. This will help you loose weight, but it is also about personal responsibility and making life changes. I appreciated the real and honest approached that your company gives. Not the fairy tail of “oh it’s so easy, and you will be a size 2 and not ever have to work for it”
We live in a world where everyone wants instant gratification… Heck I am guilty of that. And having weight loss surgery sure does in several ways give you that… But the long term you have to be willing to do the work, make the changes, and be accountable.
Gastric Sleeve Advice to Those Considering Undergoing Surgery
Don’t rush the process. If you have decided surgery is what you want, and you are willing to make the steps to change old bad habits, hell ya! Go for it! But do the research, join the online help groups for a support branch. Get rid of the junk in your house before surgery so you aren’t tempted to cheat early on. Enjoy the process. The liquid and pureed stages aren’t super awesome, but you learn to count micros and your intake… A valuable thing to know. And experiment. Find things you used to love and figure out how to make them now but healthy. Make it fun, make it enjoyable and satisfying.
Surgery isn’t the easy way out. And I don’t know if saying being disciplined is the right word for me and my journey, but being willing to accept change, and finding a way to make those changes fun and a new part of life. I love my sleeve. I love the tool that it is for me. I love to cook healthy, and I try and get out and work out… Doesn’t always happen but I don’t let that get me down. My self worth isn’t determined by a number on a scale or the size of my jeans. It is my love for myself(which I had to fall back into love with myself) knowing I am happy and healthier than I have ever been, and being present in everyday that is truly a gift….
Resources I Use to Keep Disciplined
I joined some online recipe groups for people that had weight loss surgery. I also have had 4 people go after me to MBC and a 5th who is scheduled for later this year (I swear I should be getting a commission at this point) and we all have each other for support. I also have “met” people online that we have developed friendships and support one another. And I also have a wonderful man in my life who helps me, even on days he knows I didn’t follow my diet 100% he reminds me how loved I am, and doesn’t allow me to sulk.
Real life after surgery
Enjoying the journey of weight loss after surgery and discovering a new healthier you.
The honest truth after surgery. It isn’t the easy way out, but it can be the best tool to finding the new healthier you.
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