Fed up of over-sized clothes

Before and after of gastric band patient Tracey
My gastric band surgery has given me back my life. I am so much more confident and full of life again*.


My story

Many women find themselves stood in front of their wardrobes from time to time, fretting that they have “nothing to wear”. Well I found myself in this situation on Christmas Day 2007 but I had nothing to wear because nothing fit any more. I was gradually getting bigger and at a size 28 and 18 stones, I was fed up of hunting for decent clothes in over-sized clothes shops.

Mine is the usual story – I had tried it all over the years to lose weight and although I had some success on diets and with slimming clubs, I always put the weight back on – usually with a little bit more!

So on Boxing Day I decided to look for a solution and came across Healthier Weight on the internet. I booked an appointment and my Mom, Dad and son accompanied me to the consultation with Dr Ashton. He went through everything about the gastric band with us and I just knew it was the answer for me*.

I wanted to go ahead as soon as possible and they managed to fit me in at short notice. I was on holiday with my son in Disneyland, Paris when I found out I would be having surgery the next day. That was great, I had no time to think about it and I can honestly say I wasn’t nervous at all, just excited.  

I had no pain at all after the operation and was really pleased to see how quickly the weight started to come off*. I have now lost 9 and a half stones and feel fantastic*. I have a real love of life again and can do simple things that seem impossible when you are overweight*.

Now at a size 10, I can walk into any high street shop and buy fashionable, designer clothes off the peg – no more drab over-sized clothes for me*!

Whenever I went on holiday, I used to fly club class to guarantee a larger seat and avoid the embarrassment of asking for a belt extension. Now simply fitting into a normal aeroplane seat and being able to put the tray down is a real joy*!

My family are thrilled with my weight loss and my son is pleased that he doesn’t have to go on theme park rides alone, or with a stranger any more. I can now fit on and join him*!

My gastric band surgery has given me back my life. I am so much more confident and full of life again*.

Tracy (June 2010)

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