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Ashley's Weight Loss Success Story

Ashley

Ashley

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Age
42
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Type of Surgery
Gastric Sleeve
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Weight Before Surgery
126kg
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Total Weight Lost
46kg

Q&A with Ashley

My Journey

I had been trying to lose weight and get more healthy for a very long time. I tried diet shakes, keto, exercise, calorie counting, intermittent fasting and probably everything else. Most of the time it didn’t work, even though I followed the “rules”. Even when it did work, and I lost a significant amount of weight, I ALWAYS put it back on and more. In the end, I was finding it hard to move around and I was developing some weight-related health issues. Mainly, I was just sick of “trying” to lose weight or keep it off and knew I couldn’t do it on my own anymore. So I booked an appointment with my GP to discuss my options.

Why did you choose to have your surgery with NEWLS over other clinics?

My GP, who I have trusted for many years, believes Patrick and NEWLS to be the most experienced and successful clinic I could go to. He had other patients who had been successful with NEWLS. After my first appointment, I felt very confident I had made the right choice. I did see one other clinic recommended to me by a friend, however, I did not have the same experience. I could not fault NEWLS after going through the process.

What barriers did you face that put you off inquiring about weight loss surgery at the beginning of your journey?

I initially (incorrectly) felt surgery was an “extreme” measure. However, after a bit of research, it became very obvious that this was not the case and it was a useful tool like many others. I guess I was just concerned about side effects but I have had almost no negative side effects only positive ones!

Any tips that you would like to share that helped you post-surgery?

Post-surgery, I think what helped me was understanding that “sticking to the plan” would help me best. I followed all the post-operative tips and stuck to the advice regarding the stages of food. Knowing I could email the team and ask them for help was a big plus. Longer term, I think reminding myself that surgery alone would not guarantee success helped. I would get the best results by combining the surgery with a change in habits. I used the “reset” surgery to allow me to put better habits in place. In the longer term, I think exercise helped a lot. I have a great personal trainer (shout out to Daniel Rocco) who has got me in great shape and kept me accountable.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about having weight loss surgery?

If you’ve been dieting for a while and have tried lots of different things, just do it.
It’s not fair to yourself to keep going through the trauma of failed weight loss. You have nothing to lose by calling for information. While it’s not a “cure” on its own, it certainly makes everything else just so much easier!

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