I remember being overweight since childhood. From the time I was about 5 years old, I was conscious of the fact that I did not like my weight and started “trying” to lose it (as much as a 5-year-old can!). That did not stop when I was an adult. In fact, I can’t recall a time when I was happy with my size. I tried all sorts of diets. I exercised. I took prescription weight loss medication. I even starved myself to try to lose weight. But it didn’t work. I still found myself turning to food when I was stressed or when I was bored. Food was my old friend. It was always there for me.

When I got up to my highest weight, I realized I wasn’t doing the things I enjoyed. I couldn’t keep up with my children. There was so much I wanted to do but was afraid to try. So I decided to find out more about weight loss surgery. It was a huge decision but I knew it was the right one for me. It allowed me to limit the amount of food I ate while I re-learned to eat to nourish myself — rather than all the reasons I was eating before.

Now I feel great! I have no more back pain and I can try anything without feeling embarrassed. I love running with my kids and having the energy to keep up. I dress up more now! And I feel pretty. Most of all I feel happy because I know I did this myself. Surgery was a tool and the New Jersey Bariatric Center® doctors were critical in helping me get there. They were always compassionate and patient with me. Everyone’s journey is going to be different. When I look back down the road I’ve traveled to get here, I have no regrets. I look up the path ahead and know that I have it in me to succeed!


*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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