Jennifer Knisley knows weight loss surgery was the right choice for her. Four years after a sleeve gastrectomy, she is exactly where she wants to be with her weight and body mass index (BMI). She also has all the tools she needs to manage her health for a lifetime.
“I needed to get my life under control so I could be a factor in my family’s life,” said the Goshen mother of two. “I didn’t want to be the mom who couldn’t climb stairs without getting winded.”
Jennifer, 37, had tried other wellness programs, diets and fitness routines. Simple steps to cut out sweets and soda, drink more water and take short walks in her neighborhood worked for a while. But she knew she had a long way to go.
At a peak weight of 265 pounds, Jennifer’s BMI was twice as high as the normal range for her 5’3” frame. Coupled with high blood pressure, she figured she was teetering in the danger zone.
Jennifer focuses on healthy food choices, found an
exercise routine that fits her life, sets realistic,
challenging goals, and leans on a support group
to keep her motivated and disciplined.
“I needed a complete restart in life,” she said.
That’s when she and her husband went to Goshen Physicians Center for Weight Reduction and learned about gastric sleeve surgery.
“I know people say bariatric surgery is a quick fix – the easy way out,” said Jennifer. “For me, the surgery was just a tool.”
Jennifer and her weight reduction team mapped out a pre-surgery plan to qualify for insurance coverage. Even though she almost failed a required EKG test to measure her risk for a heart attack, she remained determined. Jennifer took advantage of all the resources available and followed her weight loss plan to the letter. By her surgery date, Jennifer had lost more than 40 pounds and was ready to permanently change her lifestyle.
“Whether you choose surgery or a medically managed program, we educate you about food, exercise and resources that can help you be successful long-term,” said Kathy Meier, NP, Bariatrics Program Coordinator at the Center for Weight Reduction. “And we celebrate your successes with you.”
After a complication-free surgery, Jennifer had the boost she needed to stay motivated and disciplined in her new life. Weight started to come off easily, and she lost a total of 140 pounds.
“I didn’t have a weight goal,” she said. “That was too much pressure for failure. But I did want my BMI out of the overweight range.”
She focuses on healthy food choices, found an exercise routine that fits her life, sets realistic, challenging goals, and leans on a support group to keep her motivated and disciplined.
She constantly encourages her family and friends to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Her whole family joins her for walks with the dog. Friends signed up for Crossfit memberships at CrossFit Raze in Elkhart with her. So did her 12-year-old daughter, who loves the program.
Today, Jennifer keeps her weight stable in the mid-120s. That means her BMI is well within the healthy range for her height. And that’s right where she wants to stay for the rest of her life.
“I still follow exactly what I was taught at the Center for Weight Reduction,” Jennifer said. “It’s changed my life – and my family’s – forever.”
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