- Name: Bre K
- Username: bre67
- Location: Stamford, CT, USA
- Member Since: 3/10/2009
- BMI: 25.1
- Post Op
- Surgery Type: RNY (03/27/09)
- Surgeon: Craig L. Floch
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Surgeon TestimonialCraig L. FlochAfter doing an extensive research on Bariatric Surgery, I attended a Weight Loss Seminar conducted by Dr. Craig Floch in Fairfield, CT. My first impression of him was that he was very knowledgeable, informative, and professional in manner. I knew right away that he was going to be the Surgeon to perform my surgery. Since that time, I have not regretted my decision as he has proven to be very professional and not so medically minded that he is not humanly grounded to his patients. And that is one of the many things I love about Dr. Craig as he made both me and my family feel very comfortable and reassured us along the way. The office staff is just as outstanding and are always easily accessible with a remarkable Aftercare program to their patients even years later. Since the success of the surgery, my health is great and my life is good. Presently, I am pleased to be be an active Advocate of Bariatric Surgery and honored to be one of the many faces of Fairfield County Bariatrics. DR. CRAIG YOU ARE THE BEST IN MY BOOK! |
Hate Drinking Water??? on October 6, 2011 9:00 pm
How is everyone today? I hope doing well and making it happen for yourselves. Well i wanted to share a great remedy to those of you out there that may hate drinking water but will drink everything else. Well for me, i am one of those people who hates drinking water but know I need to in order to help clense and stay healthy. Originally, I would get my water in by drinking lots of "Crystal light" after surgery but then got worried about all the 'Aspartame' I was ingesting in my body.
So I spoke to my doctor about another sugar substitute that is all natural without the health side effects you get with 'Crystal Light." Well my doctor told me about 'Stevia,' a great natural sugar substitute without any side effects and made from sugar. Everyday I drink at least 2 quarts of 'Crystal Light' a day. However, since finding Stevia, I decided to try something a little different. I filled my thermos with 16 0z of water, and 1/4 cup of pure Lemon juice, and about 6 packets to the 'Stevia.'
Well to my surprise, I have found that the 'Lemon juice' was actually helping to speed up my metabolisim, and causing me to use the bathroom more frequently and keep me full longer. Currently, I excerise at least 3 times a week and I am sipping on that lemon water mixture all day. My last liquid before I go to bed is always ending out with the lemon water. Well...
OH MY GOD! I have found that in one week of drinking the lemon water throughout the day has actually caused me to lose about 4 pounds in this week alone. I wake up and get on the scale after my morning void and I am floored when I see the scale actually moving backward! I can almost fill my 'waistliine' smaller upon rising and I know its going to be a good weigh-in.
WHAT AN AWESOME DISCOVERY for me! I am able to get the water in without any fuss and speed up my metabolisim at the same time! The lemon water along with a 3 day a week fitness regimen, and a balanced diet has caused me to drop a few pounds and lean out my body. So I am very happy about that and thought that I would share this great tip with all of you. If ur like me and u hate drinking water on a constant basis. Try the lemon water mx and u wont be sorry!
Until next time, take care all, and happy WL journey to u!
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Wow! Its Been Awhile... on October 4, 2011 4:38 pm
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Hello OH fam8ly,
It has been quite a while since I last blog and thought now would be a good time than any to let u guys know how I'm doing. Well it has actually been 2 1/2 years post op. This is a decision that I do not regret making whatsoever as I am so proud that i did and I got back healthy again. Having the surgery gave me power of my addiction to food and made me a better person today.
I am sure you dont want to hear me rant on and on so lets get down to the numbers! I started originally at 270 pounds at 5'8. My goal weight that I set for myself was 160 pounds. In a years time I surpassed that goal and got the smallest I ever did since the surgery at 153 lbs. However, at 153 lbs, i was quite skinny, frail and was not following a healthy routine at that weight (see former blogs). My doctor was quite concerned and I was ready to gain back some of my weight in a healthy way. Well I was able to get to 155 lbs and that was better than where I was.
Now at 21/2 years post op, my weight has finally stabilized and I range between 160-165 lbs. I am healthy, I excerise 3 times a week, and hell I LOOK GOOD! I have worked very hard to get where i am and I thank God each and every day for this second chance at life. I have all my curves in all the right places...my husband thinks I am the sexiest woman alive and boy does that make me blush!
Please take time to go to the link to see new pics of me on my doctors website, Fairfield Bariatrics at www.endtheweight.com, Cick on (meet the patients) and choose 'Sabrina' to read story and view pics. Leyt me know what u think, woud love to hear from u!
But anyhow, doing well, feeling good and appreciating life in a whole new way. Until next time OH'ers, take care and let me know how u are doing in yout W:L journey. We are all in this together and battle obesity one day at a time. God bless u all and talk to u soon...
The Woman's Expo! on May 8, 2011 12:32 am
Had the pleasure of doing another year at the Womans Expo with my doctor and had a ball. Check out the article and pics. Thats me in the red dress. Also had a treat meeting 'Brady' from Days of our lives. What a sexy and handsome guy he is and he was sooooo nice. Child I flirted with him and guess what he flirted back...lol
Heres the link http://www.endtheweight.com/bariatrics/blog/detail/2011/05/02/the-world-of-bariatric-surgery-returned-to-the-women-s-expo.html
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MUST READ: Update Dr. Oz!!! on April 15, 2011 4:15 pm
I pray this finds all of you well and in good spirits. Today was a very special day for me. Today was the taping of the Dr. Oz show (Adkin Diet show). I was asked to be a featured guest on the Dr. Oz show because of my 100 pound weight loss. When I spoke to the Coordinator of the show she asked me how did I lose all the weight and I told her through bariatric surgery and have been maintaining it through the nutritional guide by Dr. Oz. They wanted me to share some of my secrets in keeping fit and inspiring others to get back into their swimsuit body.
We were asked if we would model in our swimsuits and I was so apprehensive about it because I have not worn a bathing suit in almost 15 years. However, I was up for the challenge with their help of making me look my best.
I had no idea how tedious this week would be in getting ready for this show as they called me on Monday and wanted me to tape on Friday. With all the shopping, preparing, getting pics, etc...I was quite exhausted from it all.
Anyway, they treated me like a celebrity as they sent out a limo serrvice to my doorstep for transportation to and from the show. My husband and I were treated like royalty backstage. Next, the Executive producer comes in to pretty much give us a rundown of how the segmeent would go. Well bascially all three guests would come out after a brief intro of their weight loss success by Dr. Oz, then would be asked specific questions by the doctor as to their swimsuit body. Well when the producer got to my portion she read off the intro that Dr. Oz would say and in the intro it contributed my weight loss to following Dr. Oz's nutrition guide along with excerise. She tried to bypass that and speed on to the next passage when I stopped her and stated that I did not lose my weight through Dr. Oz but through weight loss surgery but have been maintaining it by new behaviors through Dr. Oz. All this was told to the coordinator and when confronted by her executive producer, she stated that she thought I said I had "heart surgery" not "weight loss surgery." ah, ok...And she apologized profusely for her misunderstanding but said it shouldn't be a problem
Well to make a long story short they tried to modify it and it felt like they wanted me to 'discredit' the gastric procedure by not mentiioning it. Well after some consideration, they elected 'not' to use me in this particular segment because it was not relative to the other two stories from the other two guests. So I bowed out gracefully but not before I pitched the idea of allowing my bariatric surgeon to come on the show and offer an alternative to weight loss through bariatric surgery with info and knowledge for your viewers. Well the Executive Producer thought it was was a great idea and they would run it by the Director in hopes of bringing it on. I was held in the highest regard of respect for my decision by the producers as well as the other featured guest. They all agreed that I looked absolutely fantastic hands down and that I probably would have 'shook' the foundation if I came out in a bathing suit...lol.
Both me and my husband were asked to stay for the show and after the show the limo would take us home afterward. We were obliged to do so and had a wonderful time at the show. Even though I was not a featured guest, I was still on television in different ways on the show and that was nice too.
The coordinator was sickened by the whole ordeal and wished I could have still gone on but she told me she was keeping my name for a future show as we actually bonded over this past week with just preparing for this show. So God has a reason for all things...
I am still thankful for the experience but would not take down on what I believe and hold true to my heart through the new life that 'bariatric surgery' has given me. As an OH leader and also a post op it is our duty to be truthful in all we do and inspire others in more ways than one. I learned a long time ago if u dont stand for something you will fall for anything...
May the lord bless all of u...sorry if I let u down but so thankful for the chance to make a difference...
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DR. OZ!!! on April 12, 2011 6:44 pm
I just wanted to drop this small blog to share some really exciting news with u! Many of you know that I was blessed to do the Dr. Oz show over a year ago and it was such a fun and wonderful experience. Well, yesterday, I got a call from the producers of The Dr. Oz show again. Turns out that they contacted me based on a submission I submitted over a year ago on 'weight loss stories.' Well after viewing my before and after pics, I was immediately asked if I could be one of their guest on a panel of diverse weight loss story successes. WHOA WHOOOOO!!! Taping for the show is this Friday and I will have to let everyone know when the actual air date and time is set.
I am soooooooooo EXCITED to do this show again but this time to give a shout out for "BARIATRIC SURGERY!." Looks like Dr. Oz is backing weight loss surgery to help in obesity and sickness and just helping people to get back a healthy life. I am so glad we are coming up to the forefront without any apologies for it. I thank God for the wonderful opportunity and ask for your prayers and support. Thanks everybody, love you all...
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Food, Food, Food!!! on February 6, 2011 6:50 pm
Hey OH fam,
Wow, its hard to believe that I will be celebratng my 2 year surgiversary. What a great feeling to be 5'8 going from 270 pounds wearing a sze 22W to go to 159 pounds wearing a size 8. It feels really good! Throughout this journey I have learned many lessons about food, excerise and just being comfortable in the skin your in. Many people ask me if I still get the cravings for the forbidden foods like chocolate, cakes, cookies, donuts and I have to say, most definitely! But I have had to learn to do one thing and that is "Not deprive myself." I still eat a well balanced diet but when I want somethng sweet, I still eat it but in MODERATION! Because trust me you can make a 'dessert' a meal and totally fill ur pouch with nothing but those empty calories and thats not good...so a small slice of cake or one to two cookies seem to satisfy me and prevents me from overeating the things I enjoy.
But overall it has truly been a wonderful journey. As far as excerise, I try to incorporate strength training through my bands about 3 times a week to keep me toned when I dont always make the gym. I seem to get my aerobic activity through my job with being on my feet all day walking up and down the floors rushing to meet time restraints, believe it or not, it seems to keep my weight balanced. It seems so hard to get to the gym now with such harsh weather here in the New England area and also with my schedule, I am just so wiped out by the end of the day. However, I still try to make time to do something for my body each day and making that extra effort seems to really help and knowing I am worth it!
I have aspirations to hopefully run a marathon sometime this year for obesity so I am looking to start some real Training this Spring. Looking forward to doing something new as this was one of my new year resolutions. I have become very comfortable in my new body and embrace it each and every day. I still look in the mirror in disbelief and wonder is that really me. Inside I will always be that 'fat girl' but this time she's internal not external like before. I love going to stores and trying on clothes now, and I like how I look in my clothes. I even have been the envy of some of the women at my job including my boss who was a former body builder. They have shared with me how they admire my figure so much and wish to God they were my size! How crazy is that?
But it really keeps me motivated to stay on track and remember why I had this surgery in the first place. Without the lord by my side, I could not have done ths alone. Well thanks for reading and wishing all of you much success in your weight loss journey. God bless OH fam and can't wait to read your story...
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WLS Channel published my story!!! on November 25, 2010 6:49 am
Happy holidays to you and yours. I just wanted to share with my OH family that WLS has published my weight loss story. Please when u get a chance would love for you to go by and check it out and please comment to share your thoughts. Would love to hear from all of u. Here is the link: http://www.weightlosssurgerychannel.com/features/weight-loss-surgery-saves-sabrina-kershaws-life.html/
Thanks so muchhhhhhhh!!!
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