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Patient Spotlight: Patricia Plent

Patricia-minPatricia Plent came to Marina Weight Loss Center desperate to lose weight so that she could have much-needed back surgery. She was in constant pain, however, her doctors would not perform back surgery until Patricia lost a significant amount of weight. In May of 2015, Dr. Korman performed a Gastric Sleeve procedure on Patricia, which helped her on her way to a healthy new, pain-free life. Her starting weight was 357 and today she weighs 229.  We are thrilled to be on this journey with Patricia and we are so proud of her commitment and her success!

Tell us about your biggest success thus far?

My biggest success thus far has been being able to walk to and from my appointment with Dr. Korman, which is a total of 10 miles.

What has been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge thus far has been being stuck at a plateau for several months. I have tried changing my eating habits and my exercise routines, however, I still did not lose any weight, which became very frustrating. But I did not give up or give in and I continued to try and break the plateau, which I was able to do a few months ago.

What is your motivation for continued change?

My motivation for my continued change is my overall health and the fact that I have severe back issues.

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

My favorite quick go-to healthy meal is roasted Brussels sprouts with just garlic, pepper, a dash of salt (or balsamic vinegar), and 4 oz. chicken breast seasoned and cooked in reduced onions. For breakfast every morning I eat 2 oz. ground turkey seasoned with chili powder, garlic powder, and a dash of salt and pepper with one egg, scrambled together with a tablespoon of reduced-fat shredded cheese and hatch chile.

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

My advice to those considering surgery is, it is a lifestyle change that you need to be willing and wanting to commit to one hundred percent. Never be afraid to ask for help if you have questions or concerns.

What is the craziest diet you tried before surgery?

The craziest diet I tried before would have to be a soup diet. I was only allowed to eat dinner and it was a bowl of a specific soup and during the day I just drank water.

What was the best/worst advice you ever received about dieting?

Best advice; eat healthy – lean proteins and dark green veggies, and exercise at least one hour a day.  Worst advice was to just eat veggies and fruit and I will lose all the weight with exercise, I do not need protein in my diet.

What would you tell your former self now if you could?

I would tell my former self, “never give up on your dreams and don’t let anything get in your way of being healthy.”