What a difference a year makes
Janell Lauria recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of her weight-loss surgery. She took the day off and spent time with her mother in Boston, looking back over her journey and marveling at how far she has come. One year and 100 pounds later, Lauria is looking and feeling better than ever.
Lauria, 28, always struggled with her weight. The ups and downs really took a toll on her self-esteem, and eventually she found herself depressed.
“Weight Watchers, Atkins, SlimFast. You name it, I tried it,” said Lauria. “If I ate salad I would gain weight. Nothing worked.”
The turning point came at Lauria’s physical when she recorded her highest weight yet. Her doctor explained that she was on track to be 300 pounds by the time she was age 30.
“Being that weight really scared me,” said Lauria. “It was then and there that I started looking more seriously at surgery and decided I needed to change my life.”
Lauria called the Hallmark Health Center for Weight Management and Weight-Loss Surgery, and for six months, she worked with the center’s team to prepare for sleeve gastrectomy surgery with Jennifer Lane, MD.
“I cannot believe where I was before and where I am now,” said Lauria. “My whole mindset has changed.”
Lauria now exercises several times a week, taking Zumba, barre and belly dancing classes as well as running. Her goal is to work up to running a 5K.
Lauria is also enjoying buying new clothes for her slimmer build and says she has the credit card bills to prove it! She has more confidence and has started dating – something she has never done before.
“I feel so much better emotionally and physically,” said Lauria. “I wore a bikini for the first time in my life last summer. It was amazing!”
Lauria is thankful for the support she received and continues to receive from Hallmark Health. She attends the center’s monthly support group and is active on social media, too.
“Everyone is really great and supportive,” said Lauria. “This program, compared to others, really prepares you for what’s going to happen. It was all done the right way.”
There is no guarantee of results. Results may vary.
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