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Patient Spotlight: Cindy O’Sullivan

BeforeAfterA Conversation With Cindy O’Sullivan About Her Weight Loss Journey

Name: Cindy O’Sullivan
Surgery Type: Sleeve Gastrectomy
Surgery Date: August 2015
Surgeon: Dr. Mona Misra
Q & A:

What has been your biggest success thus far?

My biggest success has to be being able to keep the weight off! I have never been able to do that in the past. It’s two years since my surgery and I’m still at 110lbs lost. I may gain a couple of pounds, when I don’t follow the guidelines, but this tool helps me to get back on track. A few years ago I lost 90 lbs. in a year, by counting calories, but it was all back on within 6 months. With this life changing tool I feel that I am able to succeed now and forever.

What has been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge is recognizing the progress and achievements that I have made, in the past two years. Being happy with how far I have come is difficult for me as I still see the obese person in the mirror, I see the loose skin and the number on the scale that isn’t quite where I want it to be. I’m trying hard to remember just how uncomfortable life was at 268 lbs. From my clothes always being too tight, not being able to bend over to tie my shoes and not even being able to walk to the end of the block without getting out of breath. Life really is so much easier and more enjoyable now.

What is your motivation for continued change?

My motivation for continued change has to be my health. I was very ill and on 9 pills a day for high blood pressure and heart failure. Since the surgery I have been able to stop taking most of my medications and at my last doctor visits both my EKG and echocardiogram were normal. That was the best news to receive.

What is your favorite quick, go-to healthy meal?

I have two favorite quick, go-to healthy meals: Non-fat, plain Greek yogurt with frozen berries is something I eat for breakfast almost every day and for a snack too. Baked salmon with teriyaki stir-fry vegetables is a quick and tasty dinner. I cook extra so that I can take it to work for lunch.

What advice would you give to those considering weight loss surgery?

My advice to someone considering this surgery is don’t listen to anyone but yourself. Everyone around you will have an opinion or advice but only you know your true reasons for considering this surgery. This is not the easy way; it takes a big commitment. This is not the first time that you have tried to lose weight but it can be your most successful if you take all the advice and help that is offered to you from the doctors and staff at Marina Weight Loss Center. 

Keep a journal on this journey. At the beginning, write down all of the reasons that you are doing this, as it is too easy to forget once your life improves. Each month take your measurements and a photo as the scale doesn’t always show your progress. Start to exercise from the very beginning; it will help with the weight loss, maybe the loose skin, and most importantly, it will become a habit.