Losing weight has been a lifelong struggle for me. When I was younger, it was much easier to hide my weight issues by participating in sports and being a strong athlete. Behind the scenes, I struggled with body issues and bad eating habits, which later led to binge-eating and half-hearted gym sessions. I tried different diets into my twenties but I never successfully learned portion control or proper nutrition. All this made it very difficult to lose weight, but I still didn’t want to give up. I knew there was a healthier me inside trying to get out.

There came a point in my life that I began declining invitation to milestone events like friend’s weddings, housewarming parties and graduations to name a few. I couldn’t bear the thought of seeing pictures of myself on Facebook. However, I didn’t want to refuse to take part in my friend’s lives or my own milestone celebrations. I didn’t like where I was heading. I turned to New Jersey Bariatric Center and decided that it was time for me to change my life forever and not just turn to a crash diet for a few months.

As a former athlete, I am motivated by working as a team to reach a mutual goal and with everyone at New Jersey Bariatric Center, I really felt like they were on my team. I couldn’t let down all these people, including my friends and family, who were supporting me. It was thanks to the doctors and staff that I learned to “eat to live” instead of living to eat. I learned what foods I need to fuel my body. I also found a new passion for fitness, which led to finding another passion for helping others achieve their weight loss and fitness goals.

Since my surgery, I have lost more than 82 lbs. and have grown to be much more confident. There is so much more that I can do. I can now comfortably shop in any store and wear tank tops and shorts. I am even able to run two miles without stopping. My new-found confidence has also given me the push I needed to advance in my career. Almost a year after my surgery, I got married and now I feel that I can be the wife and mother-to-be my husband and baby deserve. The doctors and staff have helped me be more positive and active. I have never been happier. Thank you New Jersey Bariatric Center for encouraging me to reach my goals!


*According to national studies, bariatric surgery results in an average weight loss of 55-80 percent of excess body weight. Excess weight is the amount of weight one needs to lose in order to have a “healthy” BMI of 25.

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    By: New Jersey Bariatric Center Staff

    New Jersey Bariatric Center®, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerset, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey, helps patients achieve long-term weight loss success through the most advanced bariatric surgery procedures, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, gastric band and gastric balloon procedures. Led by the team of Drs. Ajay Goyal, James Buwen, Tina Thomas and Michael Fastiggi, New Jersey Bariatric Center®’s approach to patient care has resulted in zero mortalities and a complication rate that is lower than the national average.

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