This week, we celebrate the successful Weight Loss of Jodie Siggers. Here’s her story:
I’ve been asked to share my WLS story, in the hope it might resonate with others thinking about WLS. I know when I was doing my research about WLS, I read so many stories, I think I went through all of WLSA stories and watched a lot of YouTube videos.The real people stories where what I relied on most. I searched for people that were my weight and height to see what I could look like and if it does work for big girls like me and guess what it does work.
It is a big deal for me to share my story as up until two months ago, only those close to me knew I had WLS, I’m what people in the know call a ‘Secret Sleever’. (A secret sleever is someone that hasn’t told people they are having nor had WLS), there are many different reasons why people decide to keep it secret. I’m usually such an open book, but this I held close to my chest, those close to me knew but most people didn’t know. I didn’t keep this secret because I’m ashamed I had WLS, for me I wanted to work through my own emotions throughout this journey without any outside interference or negativity that could have been thrown my way to push me off the path. I didn’t want to answer 100’s of questions about my ‘why’ or why don’t you try this diet or go to the gym to lose weight etc. I already tried it all and now I decided to jump off the merry-go-round and start living.
I had my surgery 21 April 2018, I’m now 14 months post-op, 62kgs lighter and life is amazing, I was a size 26, now a size 12. I’m a Wife and Mum of an 8-year-old and work full time. I don’t really have any medical issues to blame for my weight gain over the years, yes having an under active thyroid and POCS didn’t help, but I don’t relate my weight to being an emotional eater, I can’t blame pregnancy as I lost weight while pregnant, all I know is that I love food. I just ate not thinking of consequences and over the years the weight crept on and then it was hard to lose. I still love food, but I now have smaller amounts, I don’t binge and I’m still 100% satisfied.
In the past 12 months, I’ve climbed the Q1, 77 flights of stairs, 1300 stairs with three days training, I just completed the 10km in the GC marathon with a PB time, I’m planning on climbing Mt Warning, Colour Run, Spartan Race, I do my local park run on a Saturday morning and I go to the gym 3-4 times a week. I’m on the search for more to fill my calendar with other events. It took me at least 8 months to start exercising; having that courage to go to the gym or go for a walk and now you can’t stop me from going to the gym or running.
I knew about WLS for a few years, two friends had the same surgery but one day I decided to pick up the phone and the rest is history. The process was so simple, the team at WLSA are there to help with any questions and everything went like clockwork.
I’ve followed all the advice given by the team at WLSA, I’ve trusted the process and I’ve reaped the rewards. Before I eat, I ask myself “will this fuel my body for good or evil”, taking the time to ask this has kept me on the straight narrow 90% of the time.
If you’re thinking about going down the WLS path, I highly recommended it; I wish I had done it sooner. I can assure you that there will be tough days, but they will be distant memories down the track. Changing habits is hard especially when those habits have been in place for years, however creating new habits is worth the journey.
With the research I did when I decided to have WLS, WLSA was the only clinic that had it all, the surgeons, nurses, psychologists, dietitians and fab admin staff. They are more than just a weight loss clinic, they become your friends their support is amazing. They organise ‘adventures’ throughout the year that brings patients together and allows you an opportunity to speak with other people on the same journey and understand what you’re going through. I don’t know of any other clinic that run cooking demonstrations for tiny tummies, organise stand up paddle boarding days or training sessions for the GC Marathon.
Message from WLSA:
Jodie thank you for allowing us to share your incredible journey, you are and will be such an inspiration to so many. Your level of fitness is incredible, I will never forget the day you went for a run before joining us for our Gold Coast Marathon training session! We are so proud of you for embracing this new healthy lifestyle and that you are now pushing the boundaries that you never thought possible! Keep smashing goals!