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Patient Spotlight: Mark Sartoris

LMark-before-after-minast year, Mark Sartoris made a life-changing decision to contact the Marina Weight Loss Center. In December 2017, Mark elected to have the gastric sleeve procedure with Dr. Korman. Now, less than one year and 80 pounds later, Mark is living life to the fullest! But don’t just take our word for it, read on to hear about Mark’s weight loss journey in his own words!

What has been your biggest success thus far?

It would be easy to say losing over 80 pounds has been my biggest success thus far but I don’t like easy. I would consider my biggest success thus far is regaining confidence. It feels amazing to walk down the street with a little extra pep in your step. No more being self-effacing. I’m making up for lost time and charging head first into my new normal!

What has been your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge thus far has all revolved around getting in your liquids. I fully recognize that if that has been my biggest challenge thus far then I’m pretty lucky.  Making sure I get the recommended amounts of water was a challenge even before the surgery; now I have to find ways to get that and more with only 1/3 of my stomach! Ha!

What is your motivation for continued change?

Plain and simple…I don’t want to go back to how I used to be. I feel like I’ve grown so much emotionally in the last eight months that there is no going back for me. This is my second chance at a new life and the sustained energy throughout the day, as well as a better outlook on life, far outweighs the quick fix you get from a bag of chips or a piece of cake.

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

I love hard-boiled eggs. They are the perfect food. I mean if you think about it, eggs host life. Everything you need to grow a life is contained within an egg. Why not take advantage of those life-giving nutrients?! And as an added bonus, they are super portable! Throw some in your bag and you’ll always have protein readily available!

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

You have to really be ready to change your life. Surgery is only the beginning of this process. The real work begins after you’ve had the surgery. Anything that is good in life takes time and work so be prepared. This whole process is trial and error really. Dr. Korman’s team gives us the foundation but you really need to find what works for you. You need to listen to how your body reacts to things. If you’re full, stop eating (what a novel concept!). If you eat something and feel bad after…you probably shouldn’t be eating it.  Life is all about evolving so consider this surgery as the beginning of your next step in your own personal evolution

What was the craziest diet you tried before your surgery?

I went all in on super strict Paleo type diet. All I did was think about food and whether or not what I was eating was part of the plan. Truth to be told I’m surprised I still have friends after that because I wasn’t very fun to be around.

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

Worst: Making sure you eat everything on your plate is the worst piece of advice I’ve ever heard. It’s not true! Having the surgery makes me realize that we don’t need to eat as much as we do.

Best: My best advice is something that I’ve learned on my own through trial and error. If you eat nutrient dense foods, you’ll find yourself feeling fuller longer. The reason a lot of people overeat is they eat nothing but processed foods that have little to no nutritional value. This causes you to overeat as your body still needs to hit those baseline nutritional needs.

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

What are you waiting for?! There is a much happier and positive person buried deep just waiting to see the light of day. Get ready because your new life begins now!