LoneStar Bariatrics

Read My Story – Shelli

Gastric Sleeve

My Weight Loss Journey

Weight Loss in 3 Months30 lbs
Weight Loss in 6 Months75 lbs
Weight Loss in 1 Year85 lbs

My Story

I was beginning to have some very serious health concerns due to weight gain. I was prediabetic, had high blood pressure, had constant joint and back pain, and was concerned about my quantity and quality of life. I had tried so many different weight loss options and programs. Success was never fully achieved and I knew it was time to take a greater leap. I researched bariatric surgeons in the metro area, called a few offices, and when I chatted with Katy and other office staff members, I felt like this may be the place for me. Then, I had my consultation with Dr. Carlton and Alison, and I knew I had found my people. They were so down to earth, honest, straight forward, and kind. I felt that I could ask any questions freely and that they would address any concerns I had throughout the process.

Before surgery, I struggled physically, emotionally, and psychologically. I no longer recognized the person in pictures or the mirror. Things that I once enjoyed, I no longer felt that I could do. I didn’t like being as social as I once was and felt limited in many aspects due to my size and lack of self-confidence.

My pre op concerns were whether or not I could actually be successful, what my relationship with food would be like after surgery, whether I would ever be able to enjoy eating with family and friends, and what the long term benefits would actually be.

On my surgery day I was “nervous-cited”! Nervous, but so excited about the possibilities! As with most things, starting a new chapter holds promise, but also comes with some anxiety due to the unknown. I knew, however, that no matter what I felt or experienced, I had the LoneStar Bariatric team behind me to help me through it. I am also very fortunate to have a supportive husband and family who encouraged me through it all.

My post-op experience was very positive. The surgery went very well. I was well-equipped and informed about what to expect and how to address any issues, and I had access to Dr. Carlton’s office any time I had questions or concerns.

I lost a total of about 30 pounds within the first 3 months. By 6 months, I was down about 75 pounds, and slowly lost about 10 more after that. My goal was to lose about 75 pounds, but ultimately, it was about feeling better and I absolutely achieved that within a year.

What can’t I do now!? I honestly feel like I can achieve anything that I want to do. I workout almost daily, I can walk miles at a time, I can ride roller coasters, hike, make good food choices, jump on the trampoline with my grandchildren, play soccer with my students at recess, and confidently attend social gatherings and enjoy them! I am no longer on medications for blood pressure, I am not pre-diabetic, my body aches and joint pain are minimal and the pain I feel is usually due to pushing myself physically in positive ways. Although this journey can be an emotional roller coaster at times, because it is not a sprint, but a marathon and a lifestyle change, I am more confident that I can be successful at almost anything. I have persevered through challenges that I never thought I could and this surgery has given me the confidence in myself to do that.

Dr. Carlton and his staff are simply amazing in every aspect. From all of the pre-op processes, through the surgery and recovery, and all the way through the post-op experience, they are a constant support. I am almost 3 years post op and I still feel as though they are there for me. I can call or email any time I have questions. My only regret about this surgery and this journey is that I didn’t do it sooner. It has changed my life in the best of ways. It is NOT easy and there are challenges, but it is worth each and every peak and valley. You deserve success, happiness, and health and it is ok to make that a priority. It will change your mindset, your body, and your life!