My name is Wade and I am fifty-one years old. I have had a weight problem since my mid-twenties. I have dieted many times, one time losing 127 pounds only to gain it all back again and more. In the spring of 2013, I weighed at least 360 pounds and was not in a very good place physically or mentally. I had sleep apnea, and my life consisted of my office lazy boy chair. I was in a bad rut and was totally unmotivated about my career and life in general. My marriage was not as good as it once was and I knew I needed to change. I knew I needed some help.
After much research I decided to have the Lap-Band surgery at the SmartShape Weight Loss Center. I chose the Lap-Band because it was the least invasive option. I also liked the fact that it was reversible in case I had issues with the band. I made an appointment with the surgeon at SmartShape and was immediately put at ease. I was prepared to move forward. The surgery went very well. After recovery, I started the process of losing weight. I did not find it too difficult and was lucky I did not have any issues with any foods. The only thing I had to totally give up was carbonated beverages which are not good for you anyway. I learned that the lap-Band was a tool for my weight loss journey, but I had to still work at it. I reduced my food intake greatly and started exercising every day. At first I could only walk for about 15 minutes, today I walk an hour every day.
In the last year I have lost 149 pounds which is just 11 pounds from my goal. My waist size has shrunk from a 54 to a 38 and have not felt this good since I was in my twenties. I am no longer a prisoner to my chairs but a productive adult again. I have lots of energy and motivation to live. My marriage has never been stronger and I am getting ready to embark on a career change that I would never have had the confidence to do before.
Like all of us, I am not perfect and I sometimes fall of the wagon. Now I just get back on the next day and move forward and get back on track again. This has changed my life and I could not have done it without the support of the SmartShape Weight Loss Center.