Cindy first heard about Dr. Clark and gastric sleeve surgery through a co-worker.
“I knew I needed to do something. I was up to 250 pounds. Even going on a walk with my husband was difficult, I would get too easily winded. I had tried Weight Watchers and Tops Club, but none of the programs worked for me in the long-term. We have five grandkids and I wanted to be able to enjoy them, to live as long as I can.”
For Cindy, the weight had crept in slowly over time, five pounds here and there over a period of twenty years. Meeting with Dr. Clark, however, gave her the confidence she needed to get her life back on track.
“Dr. Clark cared, he’s kind. I never felt like he was being judgmental. I felt like I was working with someone who wanted nothing more than to help people improve their quality of life. He’s giving people their lives back, he helped me get my life back.”
And while surgery was a significant part of the process for her, Cindy also knew she had to actively participate and dedicate herself to his regimen in order to achieve her goals.
“I track what I eat. I do what Dr. Clark says I need to do. Surgery is only a tool – it’s just one part of the process – but it’s not the whole thing. You can get the surgery, but if you don’t dedicate yourself to making necessary changes in your life, it won’t amount to much good. Dr. Clark taught me how to implement the other tools I needed to succeed in meeting my goals – tools like exercise, drinking enough water and eating well.”
It’s been a little more than a year since her surgery and Cindy couldn’t be happier.
“I’ve lost 105 pounds and I’m the most active I’ve been in twenty years: I go to the gym a few times a week, I do zumba and I’ve participated in four organized runs. On Sunday, I’ll run my fifth – a four-miler!”