Gastric Bypass with Success and a Smile and Worth Every Mile - Salt Lake City, UT

Well, lets just say this chunky chick is never...

well, lets just say this chunky chick is never going back to being a chunky chick-- after having 2 daughters, both C section, i just got bigger and bigger and never could seem to loose weight-- I had tried and exhausted all avenues to weight loss- until i had a very useful gift given to me by my dad! when he retired from the mining industry- he split his retirement monies with my 2 sisters and I-- and I just happened to of spent my monies wisely-- It was a new beginning for me! and a true blessing from my dad ( and my mom from heaven) ..I researched MANY doctors until i found Dr SMITH in SLC utah- ( RMAP ) HE was incredible-- I underwent surgery, was the first one pacing the floors of 4 patience who had the GBP the same day- I was the first to get the pump/drain out, and the first to go home- as we all met and exchanged numbers- i knew i had a duty to myself and others to pay it forward- Lifes little blessings mean so much-- Me being able to hang out with my grand kids ( i have 3 from my step children) and to enjoy my child care business ( my spare 16 kids) i can run, laugh, play, camp, get on boats, rides etc-- all because I am thinner, healthier and LOVING LIFE-- one downfall is-- everyone asks, DO YOU FEEL BETTER-- well let me put it out there to you straight-- when your obese-- YOU DONT KNOW YOU DONT FEEL GOOD-- I never felt bad-- just winded-- thats all!! NOW i have people that automatically stare at my belly flab ( knowing for 20 years i had been obese) and thats kinda embarassing- ( so im scheduled for a mommy make over full TT and BA june 25th 2013 in SLC) . Everything I do, everything I achieve, is because i have counted my blessings and recieved each one and given back ten fold-- I love being me, have no regrets on my gastric bypass and never intend to be obese again- Ill find some photo's and post them later-- its a process moving them from my FACEBOOK to my desktop, to other sights- lol but i will share, i promise!! If you have any worries, doubts- anxiety-- trust me, you cant be more anxious than i was-- I nearly walked out an hour prior to surgery- and now, wouldnt change it for the world-- well worth the wait , journey and new me!! contact me ANYTIME-- im an open book, i love helping others-- See ya on the slim side!!~ Tami

the journey-- before, durring and the holy cow-- look at me now pics

Just posting a ton of pics to encourage others that the journey of GBP or any form, is well worth the work-- Its not a diet, its not a fad, its a new beginning a new start to a new you-- use it as a tool and you will succeed!! I started at 244.6 lbs- and eventually dropped down to 112 lbs-- and struggled hard to GAIN back to 122- 128 lbs where I felt healthiest-- I now maintain ( after a total hysterectomy- 137- 138 lbs year round) and loving life-- wouldnt change my decission for anything in the world-- ( other than becoming obese to begin with) GOOD LUCK FRIENDS-- i wish you success and smiles

Dr Smith and entire RMAP staff was excellent

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Awesome job! I'm having my surgery in 15 days from now! I starting to get nervous but after reading are the wonderful post and seeing all the before & after pictures have helped a lot :) thanks for sharing!!!!!
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Great pics! I hope I will be as successful as you on weight loss. I am scheduled for surgery in October, 2013 and can't wait. I have been fighting this battle my whole life and am taking control back! Lol. Good luck and great idea on the pics
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You look amazing I talked to my MD today about having the GB after having a lap band. I am very nervous. He told me that there are some people that start to gain their weight back after 2-3 years. I must say that really made me nervous. Any thought or suggestions
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Lynn, as with any surgery, its a tool its not a quick fix. both the Band and gastric bypass have pros and cons. I have games roughly 8 to 12 pounds in five years, mostly due to my hysterectomy. I do find myself with old eating habits re occuring, overeating or nibbling all day... you just have to watch for those old signs and get them back in check. you will be successful have some faith, and if your doctor doesn't have faith in you change doctors! if you ever need to talk talk feel free to call me anytime. 435 260 2585. Tami ( PS. I like the fact I have the gastric bypass and if I eat too much sugar or starches you're definitely gonna know... dumping syndrome) it helps put you back in check sometimes. lol
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Dr. Smith is an awesome doctor. Saint Marks Hospital in SLC they are awesome.
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Wow, you look AMAZING! Love all the pics, especially the measuring ones. That is a really neat idea. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us.
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I am going to see my dr on the 18th, any suggestions? I am so afraid of not being taken seriously. I have been fighting this battle all my life, and after a hysterectomy in my 20's (I am 45 now) my weight has been aweful. I am now at my highest ever, very high cholesterol, boarder line diabetic, tired all the time etc........I don't want to live like this anymore, I have tried so many diets and programs til it isn't funny, and lose a few but gain them right back. Any help would be great........your story is so inspiring, thank you so much for sharing!! My God bless you on this journey!!
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Hey there, is it your PCP/Family Doctor you're going to see on the 18th? I think as a simple matter of being professional, they will take you seriously. If they don't then get a second opinion and keep fighting. If you don't mind me asking, what is your current weight and height?

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Hi there, welcome and thanks so much for sharing your journey with us!

Congratulations on your weight loss! If you don't mind sharing, how much did you weigh pre-op and how much did you lose?

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tons of pics posted - and more info-- thanks, keep in touch ( ps, started at 245 lbs-- now 137-- and staying steady for 5 years-- LOVING IT)
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Oh wow, look at this photos! You look amazing and you've done so well! I have my surgery (Gastric Sleeve) on September 4th and I hope I can be as successful as you have been!

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Kristy- you will be amazing-- I have even had a strange man call me in the middle of then night because he had surgery ( GBP ) and had an anxiety attack, second guessing his decission to have surgery-- because I told my surgeon if anyone ever needs a coach- count me in- shockingly enough- it melted my heart and made me feel good that i was able to talk this sobbing older man into knowing he did the right thing-- im here for anyone that needs that extra boost-- BIG HUGS-- well wishes to you all
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