This week, we celebrate the successful Weight Loss of Tarryn Taylor. Here’s her story:
I was 40 years old and wanted to change my life. I was sick of yoyo dieting and losing weight and then gaining it straight back. So, I made the decision to get Sleeve Surgery. This was not an easy decision as I thought that this was the easy way out. I was very upfront with family and friends and my own family was very supportive of the decision that I had made.
I weighed myself and was shocked by how much weight I had put on and I was never happy photos been taking of me I always hid in the background or just avoided photos in general. I never smiled in photos as I hated what I looked like. I was also a smoker and walking around doing my day to day jobs was hard losing my breath. I wanted a better life and be healthy, I needed the right tools to help me succeed.
I started pre-op at 106kg and was 101kg the day of surgery. Surgery was on the 11th July 2018. I am a very determined person and once I start something then I am all in. 9 days post-op I started waking and the increased this weekly and then started back at the gym weeks post-op and then PT for 6 months from 2 months post-op. At times I was limited to exercise as I was vomiting most days and wasn’t keeping much food down. I would talk to the dietitian and nutritionist and they said I was not eating correctly or overeating. I knew that I wasn’t. I did this for months and then finally I went back to my GP at 6 months who referred me back to my surgeon and they referred me get the camera down to see what was happening as this was not normal. Well, I had severe reflux, narrowing of the sleeve and kink in my sleeve. I had 4 stretches/dilation done and on my 4th day procedure, they found a large hole in my oesophagus and hernia (this was caused by severe vomiting daily).
The surgeon that did my sleeve fixed the hernia and he also fixed the kink in my sleeve this was 9th July 2019. I feel like a whole new person I have not been on any medication or have not vomited since this surgery.
It has been great to see my numbers go down each week on the scales but sometimes you just don’t see what you really look like. I am grateful for before and after photos and family and friends telling me how good I look.
I am back to exercising this week and I feel amazing. I love to exercise and before this 2nd surgery, I would do Cardio/walk/run 5-6 days a week.
Having the sleeve is the best decision that I have made and if anyone ever says that it is the easy option then I would beg to differ. 12months of vomiting and eating about ½ cup of a day was not easy. I was lucky to have great family and friends that supported me.
I know have an amazing life and I am so fit for it. My journey is far from over and can’t wait for the next 12 months and what they bring. I am going to Bali in September and this will be my 1st holiday that I am looking forward to.