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Patient Spotlight: Tarisha Adams

tarisha-before-afterWhen Tarisha Adams came to Marina Weight Loss Center in 2016, she was well over 100 pounds overweight, frustrated and unhappy with who she saw in the mirror. Tarisha met with Dr. Misra and decided that a sleeve gastrectomy was the right choice for her. Today, Tarisha is not only over 120 pounds lighter, but she is also embracing her new lifestyle, shopping off the rack, and is more energetic than she ever thought possible! Read on to be inspired by Tarisha’s 120+ pound weight loss journey.

What has been your biggest success thus far?

My biggest success thus far was losing over 120 pounds and being able to maintain it and keep it off. When I decided to have weight loss surgery, I really didn’t know what to expect and I have to say my expectations have far exceeded what I thought could ever happen in my wildest dreams. I found a me that I really never knew as an adult and I have to say I’m loving her.

What has been your biggest challenge?

I would have to say my biggest challenge is constantly having to make the right food choices. I had to learn that the surgery was only a tool for me to utilize and that it wasn’t a magic pill that would do all the work for me. I actually had to do the hard stuff myself and make the life-changing decisions about my food choices. Every day I struggle with making the proper food choices because there are so many options out there for you to go the wrong route, but I made a vow to myself that I would never go back to the old me and that’s a vow I plan to keep.

What is your motivation for continued change?

The motivation for continued change is that I now love the skin I’m in. I remember where I came from and what I looked like and how all that weight on my body made me feel and that’s a place I don’t plan on revisiting and that alone keeps me motivated.

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

My favorite, quick go-to healthy snack I would have to say would be cheese and grapes and sometimes, I switch it up and just have greek yogurt.

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

The advice I would give anyone considering weight loss surgery would be don’t consider it, DO IT! It’s life-changing. I would also add, don’t expect the surgery to fix all your issues.  Like I said before, it’s just a tool and you alone have to do the hard work and believe me it is hard work and you have to stay motivated and think of the big picture, not just the here and now. There is nothing easy about this process. This is a lifestyle change; there is no quick fix so you have to be ready to go through the good, the bad, the ups, the downs, and the plateaus because they will come. But after it’s all said and done, you will be much better for it and much healthier too.

What was the craziest diet you tried before your surgery?

The craziest diet I’ve tried and not the healthiest to boot was the Phen-Fen diet. Sure I lost some weight but it all came back and then some!

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

The best advice I ever received about dieting was that it didn’t come on overnight so you can’t expect it to come off overnight. The worst advice I ever received was, that my body could survive on only 500 calories a day which I found to be very scary and very unhealthy. I didn’t think 500 calories a day could fuel my body with the proper nutrition that it needed to sustain on a day to day basis.

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

I would tell my former self: Why did you wait so long to go through this process? You could’ve experienced the joy of not having to search clothing stores to find something that fits you a lot sooner. You could have looked in the mirror and seen half of who you were a lot sooner. You could have had the energy you have now a lot sooner. What were you thinking?