Yes! I am very willing to share my story. This has been such an amazing and life-changing experience. I am forever grateful for Renew and Dr. Armenta and thechance to change (and save) my whole life. I have so much energy and can do so much more than I was ever able to do before. It feels like I am a brand newperson in an awesome and healthy new body.
Highest Weight: 405 (7/2020)
Starting Weight: 366 when I started the pre-op diet for Renew (4/8/21)
Surgery Weight: 315 (5/18/21)
Current Weight: 175 (I reached 175 in January of 2022 and have maintained for a year)
Goal Weight: Who cares? I love my body. I just want to lift heavy things and do yoga.
Something you have been able to achieve since undergoing the procedure? (Something that you thought would never be possible)?
Below is a link to a blog post I wrote about this journey. It explains how I got to the point of needing weight loss surgery. You can use text from this post, or I can write something different. I have been overweight most of my life, and morbidly obese for most of my adulthood.
I had a very serious leg injury in 2020 and did not know if I would be able to walk normally again, or eventually end up wheelchair-bound from multiple knee surgeries. I decided I had to change my life.
I lost 230 pounds in 18 months with the help of Renew and Dr. Armenta. I did hundreds of hours of physical therapy, worked out, and fell in love with yoga. I got strong and healthy and healed my mind and my relationship with food. I not only walk normally, I can hike for hours, paddle-board, kayak, go up stairs for hours on end at the water park, and go cross-country skiing. I can stand and walk all day without pain. I have traveled and had adventures that were never possible before, and that I would never have attempted before losing weight. I even tried indoor skydiving. Next year I’m going to do the real thing!
I also became a brand ambassador for a local boudoir photographer.
I never knew my body could look like this. I never knew I could be so strong and so healthy. I try to use my story and my experience with Alex to help empower other women to love themselves, no matter where they are on their journey. I have found so much confidence, worthiness, and self-love in these past few years. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for this program for helping me save my own life.