Mom, Competitive Runner
Maddie P. isn’t your typical wife and mom of four. She’s a competitive runner, Zumba freak, and practicing yogi. But things haven’t always been this way for her. After reaching her peak weight of 252 pounds on her petite frame, Maddie knew it was time to make a change when she couldn’t catch her running toddler.
“I’ve never been super-skinny; curves run in my family genes. After I had my first two children, dieting and exercising became harder, both physically and mentally, and the weight kept adding on. We moms put our kids first and our needs get pushed to the back burner sometimes,” recalls Maddie. “When we moved to Alaska, I didn’t have a support system of family and friends. After I had our fourth child, I had gained so much weight that I was just tired all the time and depressed.”
Maddie tried using at-home workout programs and cutting fried foods, soda and bread from her diet. This would work temporarily and she would lose a few pounds, only to gain them back. She would meet up with a friend for walks in the park, but after that friend moved away, Maddie had no one to support her efforts and hold her accountable.
“I didn’t feel like myself; I wasn’t “me” anymore and I felt trapped in my own body,” laments Maddie. “I hated shopping and everything physical was such a struggle, even walking up one flight of stairs or to the end of my street.”
Then one day Maddie and her family had a photo session with a local photographer and the two of them became friends. The photographer suggested Maddie look into a surgical weight loss solution and recommended Dr. Clark.
“I needed something to motivate me, and pursuing this surgery — the research and preparation — gave me that. I met with Dr. Clark and we tried other weight loss techniques for a few months before deciding on the gastric sleeve procedure. Dr. Clark really informed me about what the surgery entailed, he supported any decision I made, and gave me more ideas to research. Anchorage Bariatrics provides a total community of support and I know this will benefit me and my family long into the future,” Maddie shares. “Dr. Clark is always positive, uplifting, and encouraging. He’s that go-to person you want by your side to guide you. He’s not pushy, just informed and knowledgeable, and you can trust him right from the start. I was scared, but his confidence made me comfortable.”
“Aside from my weight, I was a generally healthy person who had never had surgery before. The fact that I had to go “under” and then eat a liquid diet was a mind bender and that motivates me to eat healthy now,” Maddie explains. “Since my surgery, I have lost 120 pounds and my life has improved drastically. I don’t ever see myself going back to the way I was before, but that person motivates me to be who I am today. The old me is always in the back of my mind, reminding me to do better and keep pushing.”
Nowadays Maddie is a FitBit-wearing, meal-tracking, kid-chasing wonder woman who has never felt better. “I workout daily and love my morning three mile runs because that’s my time to get away from the family and get refreshed; it doesn’t even feel like it’s exercise. I highly recommend using a fitness tracker, and I strive for 13,000 steps per day. I love taking spin classes, yoga, Zumba, and weight lifting,” says Maddie.
Maddie’s life is totally transformed and she’s doing things she never would have thought possible before. “My mental outlook is 1,000% better, I feel very positive and don’t procrastinate any more. If I set a goal, consider it done,” she declares. “I’m so happy with where I am now – being able to run after my kids and actually catch them is great!
“I worked so hard for this. Having the surgery was a learning tool to guide me and keep me moving forward. I understand that my health is important and if I don’t care, then no one else will. My confidence is lifted and nothing can stop me now!”