Holly had battled with her weight for years and being overweight had begun to impact every aspect of her life. She got to the point where she didn’t want to go out and socialise through fear of being judged.
“For me it was a daily battle with food, I knew that I shouldn’t be eating these things but food is an addiction. I’d go to the supermarket, stand in front of the chocolate and have a conversation with myself , ‘ I know I shouldn’t be eating this, but it will make me feel better’. It’s just a vicious cycle of eating for comfort and then feeling rubbish.”
At the age of 30, Holly was suffering with back pain and could barely walk. She would stay at work for an extra 2 hours to wait for a lift home rather than walking the 10 minute commute. She got to the point where she would cancel plans with her friends and this was when she knew that something needed to change.
After making the initial phone call, Holly says it was an “easy decision” to go with Healthier Weight. “From the first call, the girl that I spoke to was amazing, she explained everything, put me so at ease and answered all of my questions. I built up such a good relationship with her, it just felt natural.”
After some deliberation between having the band or sleeve procedure, Holly opted to go for the sleeve, and 18 months after surgery says that it is the best thing she’s ever done.
“It’s changed my life completely, everyone says I’m like a different person. I feel like this is who I am and I’m not defined by my weight anymore. I’m not at my goal weight yet but I know that I will get there. I just can’t wait to see what life is like in the future.”
Holly has created the Instagram account @hollys__journey which she has used to document each stage of her weight loss journey. She has gained over 16 thousand followers and uses her procedure as a platform to inspire others who are thinking of going through surgery themselves.