PATIENT OF THE WEEK Jameka Diggs
Many patients want to hear from other patients. One way of achieving this is to highlight patients in our new ‘Patient of the Week’ blog. Time allowing we will ask many of you to share with fellow patients some of your keys to success.
Club New You (CNY) Are you happy that you had bariatric surgery?
JD YES! Having this surgery truly changed my life! It’s probably the best decision I could’ve made!
CNY Would you recommend this to your friends and family?
JD I already have recommended it to family and friends; my sister is going through her process right now and I have several friends who’ve had it or are preparing to have the surgery!
CNY Have you told your friends that you have had surgery and what do they think about it?
JD Yes. I’ve been very open and up front with friends (and strangers) about my Lap Band surgery. It’s been 6 years since surgery and since I know personally how weight loss can be a struggle, I don’t surgarcoat anything with them.
CNY Which procedure did you choose to have and why?
JD I had the Lap Band February 15, 2005. I chose this procedure because I wanted to lose at a more gradual pace so it’s not so shocking and since I want to have children, I like the fact that it’s adjustable in case I need to eat more or less. I love options! I’ve managed to keep off 140 pounds still!! Yay!
CNY What is the hardest lifestyle change that you have had to deal with?
JD The hardest lifestyle change has been continuing to exercise regularly and increasing my water intake. I love juices and things that I don’t need; so having to consciously cut back on those has been challenging. Also, I was a huge carbonated beverage drinker. I can’t do those well at all.
CNY Are there any foods that you have trouble eating?
JD I miss bread! After 6 years, bread is still very difficult (I thought this would ease up). I used to be a huge pasta eater (all those calories) and now when I eat pasta, I have to do so in very small portions because the band and pasta do NOT agree. Oh, and I can’t do eggs.
CNY What foods, if any, do you miss eating?
JD Bread and eggs.
CNY What types of activities do you do for your exercise?
JD I walk/run 3-4 times a week. Anything aerobic still works best for me.
CNY Any words of wisdom for our present patients or for people thinking about surgery?
JD Don’t judge yourself to anybody’s weight loss standards except your own. Looking at the other people’s success to gauge your is not only unhealthy, but it keeps you from building on the success you’ve already had. Be your own barometer! And remember; everybody’s story is different! You’re different; so don’t expect your results to be just like someone else’s – you set yourself up for huge disappointment. Lastly – KEEP PUSHING YOURSELF!
CNY Thanks Jameka! Keep up the good work!