Diets had always been a part of my life. I even dieted for my Bat Mitzvah at age 12. That’s 30-plus years of dieting—more than three-quarters of my life! It had become my life. Then, I was visiting with a friend who had just lost a lot of weight. I had to know how he did it. When he told me it was with LAP-BAND, I was just amazed at the results. I had been working hard to get myself into a healthy place and I wanted the outside to match the inside. So, I went to a seminar with the New Jersey Bariatric Center® surgeons and the rest is history.

I had tried for most of my life to lose weight on my own but my motivation never lasted as long as I needed it to. The surgery changed that! Weight loss surgery also helped me with my biggest problem: portion control. As soon as I had the surgery, I realized that the rest was all on me. I could choose to make the right food choices or the wrong ones. I decided that I was going to do whatever it took to make the right choices. And I did! It was a combination of the surgery, my desire, my dedication and my determination. It’s not about willpower. It’s about a desire to get healthy.

I’m forever grateful that I chose New Jersey Bariatric Center®. Between my surgeon and the nutritionist, I could never have gotten to where I have. The doctors answered every single question I had and were all helpful in their advice. My dietitian sheered me on and helped to set up an eating plan that worked around what I like to eat (I’m very picky!). They always put my health first.

My life is completely different than it was on my surgery date, April 15, 2013. I am off almost all medications. My cholesterol is normal. I was pre-diabetic but not anymore. My BMI is in the healthy range. I can run, jump and play with my niece and nephew. I can go hiking, horseback riding, walking. I get excited to exercise and absolutely love my cardio-kickboxing classes as well as my weekly personal training sessions. My self-esteem was pretty good before surgery but it’s gotten even better since! I just have so much more energy and have become much more of a go-getter in all aspects of my life. Now my life is not about dieting. It’s about living! And I’m out there and doing it!


*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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