Weigh Beyond Part 2: Seeing the Benefits

Weigh Beyond Part 2: Seeing the Benefits


(upbeat music) (air whooshing) (gentle piano music) – I lost about 40 pounds since surgery. I was in the hospital for 36 hours. Really, you notice that
energy gain right away. I used to go to work, dragging. It meant a lot that
Dr. Doyle was available whenever I, really, needed her. It felt really good to have the surgeon not just operate
(swishing) and then, leave. It was really nice to know
(clacking) that she was there, she
was invested, she wanted to know how you were doing. It just made everything feel great. I, also, feel like I have a
whole closet full of new clothes because I was a big clothes-hoarder ’cause it was like, “Oh,
I’m always on this diet. “This clothes are gonna fit, eventually. “I’m gonna keep them.” And old diets, they would never work. But, now, it’s, like, “Oh,
my clothes fit, again.” (laughing) It’s fantastic, it’s really nice. Really, it’s just that
I wanna feel better. I want to be healthy. And seeing the changes, so
far, have really helped. So you’re starting to see
these things really add up and just make your quality of life better. This is one of the shirts
that’s been too small for too long that, actually, I could probably wear again. And that’s really exciting
’cause I love this shirt. My favorite one that I,
finally, tried on yesterday is this one. And it’s very close to being able to wear, so that’s really exciting. One thing I’ve learned in this journey in these past
two and 1/2 months is it’s not worth it to eat bad food. So you just used to eat food because it was there, before. And, now, it’s like, “Oh, I’m gonna eat this to enjoy it, “and not just because
it’s there, and I can.” Some days I, definitely,
look in the mirror and go. “Oh, today is a skinny day.”
(laughs) And, then, some days I’m like, “Oh, no. “You still look the same.” But, really, you feel that
when you start putting on clothes and going, I’ve already had to
donate a bag of clothes. ‘Cause I’m not holding on
to clothes that are too big. This is too big. Donate it, get rid of it. And that’s when I, really,
started to see it, and feel it. – Sara’s weight loss
is, absolutely, amazing. I started noticing it at
about 15 pounds for her. She’s down a little over
50 pounds, right now. I’m down 11. I think the most enjoyable
part about this is not, actually, the little
things that you get to do, the little benefits that you start to see. What I think is the best part is you get this and it
becomes part of your life. For me, when I was growing up, I was a, relatively, thin kid. As I was growing up I got my first IT job. When I got my first IT job, I went from hiking and
running through the woods, and biking and all the sports stuff to sitting on my butt all day. I have some goals when it comes to the weight loss surgery, not just after, but before as well. As I’m down 11 pounds, now, I’d like to be down closer
to 25 before I go in. Because it’s not just about the surgery, it’s about living your life healthier. It’s about getting healthy. And if I can’t sit there and
get that done ahead of time, it’s gonna have a real impact
on what I can do after. – I think my surgery has motivated him to start eating better. And it’s really, also,
motivated him to keep going with this journey to
get to the surgery date and just keep going with the whole thing. – My eating habits have changed
in regards to her surgery in that what she eats, I try to sit there and eat as well. Snacking, for me, has
changed a lot in that I haven’t had Doritos, in particular, which was my vice in, probably, about 4 1/2 coming on five months, now. And I don’t really snack on anything else. That was the one vice that I had that if I was a little bit hungry, I’d go and grab it out
of a vending machine. And I’d sit down. Now, I’ll sit there and say, “All right, I’m 30 minutes
from a protein shake. “I’ll be fine.” I try and sit there and
get a lot more water in. We have the garden that we’ve grown. And in the house, just walk by, pick up a piece of lettuce, something like that. It works out a lot better. We’re trying to do something healthier. And outside’s a little more unpredictable. So we figured something inside would, actually, work a lot better. A side effect of that is that, quite often, we just come up and we can eat whatever we want. So I’m anxious for the
tomatoes to get to that point. But it’s a much healthier
way to do things. We know where it came from. But, more importantly, it’s good stuff. For me, the weight loss
surgery’s gonna provide a lot more energy. And with that, I can interact with people more. There are risks. There are benefits. But the whole thing, it
just becomes so real. And every time she asks me that, ‘Cause it’s not the first
time I had that question come my way about that. It’s the same answer. It’s terrifying. But seeing the benefits, it’s gonna be worth it. (knocking)
(door opening) – [Doctor] Hey!– – Everybody should feel–
– How are you– – like they’re in good hands–
– doing?– – with Doctor Doyle. One of the first questions that we had in the very first sit-down that we had, this was before we, actually, started doing individual appointments. She sat there and she
covered the fact that there’s never been anything
that’s ever gone wrong in any of the surgeries. I got a date. The activities for us
have changed quite a bit since the last video. In particular, we don’t go in the game
room almost at all. I, probably, spend maybe one
to two hours there a week. And, usually, that’s
doing work-from-home stuff instead of actual gaming. Now that the weather’s gotten better, and we’ve gotten the new toy, we spend a lot of time outside. So I’m hoping, maybe, I won’t have to take
the Vitamin D pills that Dr. Doyle has prescribed
to me because, now, I’m actually, out in the sunlight. And I should be able
to handle that, myself. – I think he’s mentioning
these things because of both of us. He’s starting to feel better. We’re both eating better foods which makes you feel better. And I’m feeling better. And just both of us having more energy really helps. – Nobody wants surgery. But I want to get to that place. And it’s in the middle,
so there’s this big bundle of feelings that pull you every which way. (gentle music)

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