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Nancy's story

Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Nancy's story

My life was blessed on June 15, 2009. On that day I had gastric bypass surgery done by Dr. Michael Kia at McLaren Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. I was 31 years old and weighed 330lbs. I battled with my weight my whole life and went from one diet to another. Sure I would lose a little, but then gain it back, plus a little more. Before having surgery, I would be out of breath and my joints would be hurting from just walking up a few sets of stairs. I was pre-diabetic and heading down a road that I didn’t like. I had seen years of my mother taking medicine after medicine to try to control her diabetes and then when my father passed of heart disease, I knew I had to do something.

Throughout this weight loss journey I have learned to love exercise. I joined a gym and signed up with a personal trainer. Last year I had the opportunity to join the CrimFit Adult Training Program through McLaren. That was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. Every Tuesday night I met with a great group of people who encouraged and pushed me to do my best. When I wasn’t walking with the group, I would walk the trails and roads near my home. Because of joining the CrimFit program I now have walked hundreds of miles, participated in several 5K’s, and even walked a half marathon. Throughout the winter, I continued to walk every Tuesday night in Flint with the same group of people. This year I was able to continue the CrimFit program through McLaren, but decided to challenge myself and give running a try.

Since surgery, I have lost around 150 pounds and feel amazing. I went from a size 28 to a size 12. I have even met a great man and am now planning my wedding. Making healthy choices is something I now try to teach my third grade students on a daily basis. It is amazing how much energy and motivation I now have. I went from the point of walking and being sore, to running with my students and having them ask me to slow down so they could keep up. One of the things I have realized throughout this journey is that you need to continue to set goals for yourself. It is so easy to fall back into old habits by not exercising or making bad food choices. I am very thankful for all of the support that I have received throughout the years from the monthly support groups meetings and all of the staff members at McLaren Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.