Procedure of choice Gastric band
Starting weight 25st 1lb
Current weight 14st 8lb
Total weight loss 10st 7lb*
Trigger for weight loss Uncomfortable flight
Glenda realised she needed to do something about her weight problem when, weighing over 25 stone, she went on holiday to Disneyland and endured an uncomfortable nine hour flight where she suffered painful bruising from the airplane seat. “On the flight to Florida I was extremely embarrassed to have to ask the air stewardess for an extension for my safety belt as the regular sized belt would not fit around me,” exclaimed Glenda. The humiliation over her size continued once Glenda arrived in Florida as she found she could not fit on some of the rides in the amusement park.
Glenda realised that she had to do something positive and lasting to control her weight and on her return to England she contacted Healthier Weight to find out how she could successfully control her weight. "I was fed up of yo-yo dieting” said Glenda, who had successfully lost weight on various slimming diets. “I would lose weight but as soon as I stopped the diet I would pile the weight back on, plus some extra!”
“Dr Ashton was very honest with me and explained to me that having a band fitted will not instantly change my learned behaviour and bad eating habits,” said Glenda, “the commitment to maintain a healthy weight needs to be there.” Following the consultation and the birth of her first son Glenda had a gastric band fitted in June 2007, confident that she had all the information she needed to finally lose weight and keep it off as Dr Ashton had been 100% honest with her.
With her gastric band in place Glenda successfully lost four stone and then found out she was pregnant again*. She immediately contacted Healthier Weight for advice. “Dr Ashton was fantastic when I told him the news,” commented Glenda. “He suggested I just focus on having my baby and have my band totally slackened off whilst pregnant.”
Following the birth of her second son in 2008 Glenda had her band re-adjusted again so that she could control her calorie intake and she began to consistently lose weight*. Glenda has successfully lost 10 and a half stone and with two young boys to care for is delighted to finally be in control of maintaining a healthy weight*. “Losing weight and having increased mobility has been a Godsend now that I have two toddlers to run around after,” commented Glenda.
Glenda’s family has been very supportive and is delighted to see the positive transformation the gastric band has had on her life*. “My husband has also lost weight as I now prepare healthy meals and smaller portions for all the family” commented Glenda. “I have also become an aerobics addict and have just completed the ‘Race for Life’ in Middlesborough, something I could never have done before*,” she added.
The Faulkners have recently bought a motor home that they enjoy taking family holidays in. “It is fantastic to be able to enjoy going away with the boys” said Glenda. “This kind of family holiday would have been impossible for me before I lost the weight, I would never have been able to climb up into the bed in the motor home when I weighed 25 stone!*”
Glenda decided to resign from her job as a social worker so she could spend more time with her sons but is planning to retrain as a Nutritionist when the boys are older. “My life is vastly improved*,” said Glenda “I believe I have transferable skills and I want to share what I have learnt about healthy living with others,” she continued. “The journey I have been on with Healthier Weight has changed my life for the better in so many ways*”.