From as far as I can remember, I was always overweight. It was not until I tipped the scale at 270 pounds at the age of 22 that I knew I needed to do something. Furthermore, my passion for the latest and greatest fashions did not make it easy, being an overweight size 20 girl, as they didn’t make high-fashion clothing in plus sizes.
All physical appearances aside, coming from a family with a long medical history of Type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and cardio-vascular issues, I knew I needed to be proactive for my long-term wellbeing.
Being the type A person that I am, and an educator by profession, I knew that I had to do an extensive amount of research before committing myself to the Lap-Band. I researched several different clinics and spoke to dozens of successful “banded” patients until I fully understood that this life-changing weight loss program was right for me.
After years of struggling with dieting and weight loss programs, I finally made the decision to get “banded”. This was the best decision of my life.
But before I continue on with my story and tell you how the Lap-Band changed my life, I wanted to share with you the most important lesson I learned, during my journey.
What makes my story a little different from the rest is that I was previously banded before I became a patient at the SmartShape Weight Loss Centre. I was originally banded at a clinic in Toronto when I was 19 years old. Everything went really well. I was losing weight and feeling really good. The first year alone I lost 85 pounds, but like any journey, sometimes you come across challenges and struggles.
I contacted the clinic in Toronto, where I had my procedure, for guidance and support. After all, this was part of their Lap-Band program. But what I received as post-op care was nothing they had described during my consultation with them. I was surprised by the lack of support I got, especially after I raised my concerns. I can go on with the type of care I received, or lack thereof, but the lesson I wanted to share with those who are thinking of having the Lap-Band or any weight loss procedures for that matter, is to make you do your research on the clinic. This is a big decision. Ask questions. Read reviews. Get to know their team and most importantly, make sure you get a consultation with the surgeon who will be performing your procedure because he or she will play a key role in your weight loss journey.
I was referred to SmartShape by a family member in helping me find a solution and getting back on track. When I first contacted them, I felt the difference immediately in how they treat their patients. Any questions I have are answered with detail, compassion and care. And did I mention, I actually got to meet my surgeon?
The Lap-Band and SmartShape team have saved my life in so many ways. I am a positive, healthy and confident person because of the choice I made years ago. After seeing my results, several friends and family members have gotten the Lap-Band as well and have had a successful experience.
As a teacher, it is a priority of mine to keep up with my students by having the energy to teach them with enthusiasm and vitality. I owe my confidence and energy to the Lap-Band for bringing me back to life. I can now keep up with my students’ high energy and teach to the best of my ability with confidence.
Going out in a social setting is absolutely fabulous in regards to the fact that I can eat whatever I want but also have the control to stop when I am satisfied. I have gained confidence, will power and self-control. I would truly recommend SmartShape to anyone who is ready to change their life for the better.