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Winning the Weight-loss Battle

Weight Management

Few battles in life are as daunting as the fight to lose weight. That’s because weight-loss – whether 20 pounds or 200 pounds – is a head-to-head clash with your own courage and resilience. It’s making the choice every minute of every day to resist temptation and do things that aren’t fun, popular or convenient.

It’s a fight won in the mind, not the stomach.

Today, you’ll meet Tony and Jocylyn. Despite facing the same obstacles, each chose a different path in route to the ultimate goal. But in many ways their stories are the same: two people from the same side of town, struggling with the same lifelong insecurities, trying to climb the same mountain.

Making Magic Happen

She’ll never forget the embarrassment of that moment. Still just a teenager, Jocylyn Freeman was with her family on their annual outing to Six Flags Magic Mountain. For many, including the Freeman’s, the climax of the day was a ride on the notorious and exhilarating Batman rollercoaster.

Taking her seat – as close to the front as possible, of course – Jocylyn waited anxiously as the attendant passed by each cart to perform his final safety checks. After hours of waiting, the ride was almost ready to launch. To her horror, when Jocylyn’s turn came, her buckle wouldn’t clip together. Humiliated, she closed her eyes and waited for the dreadful moment to be over, and with a sharp click, the belt finally secured her in place. But the scars from that day didn’t disappear easily.

It wasn’t until nearly a decade later, before Jocylyn, now a nursing student weighing more than 320 pounds, made the decision to enter a weight-loss program.

“I said to myself, ‘If I’m going to be a nurse, I’m going to have to change myself first,’” Jocylyn remembers thinking. “I mean, how could I promote a healthy lifestyle to my patients if I wasn’t living it?”

Jocylyn was 26 when she walked into San Joaquin Community Hospital’s Bariatric Solutions for the first time. Though it was a physician referral that brought here there, it was the inspiration and expertise of the staff that made here stay.

“I remember talking to the director, Sheri [Seal-Bailey], who had lost more than 200 pounds after having a gastric bypass, the same surgery I was about to go through. From that point on, I knew I could do it too.”

And she did. In fact, not only did Jocylyn lose more than 150 pounds through the weight-loss surgery, she’s kept the weight off for more than five years. She credits many of the caregivers at Bariatric Solutions for keeping her on track and educating her on what she needed to do to be successful.

“On the first visit, I remember them telling me that weight-loss surgery was a tool and that if I didn’t change my lifestyle, I would gain the weight back,” Jocylyn said. “That hit me really hard. I didn’t want to go through all this pain only to gain the weight back later. With the support of my family and the caregivers at Bariatrics, I’ve been able to change my life.”

Jocylyn never forgot that day at Magic Mountain – and she’ll never forget the first time she went back after her surgery. Standing at the entrance to the Batman rollercoaster, the memories poured back into her mind.

But this time, something was different. As the attendant approached to buckle her in, the anxiety that used to shake her to the core was firmly in the past. In its place, there was simply joy.

“Well,” she finally admits, “Maybe there were a few nerves. I thought I might slide out of my harness.”

Fighting for Two

For households around the world, the Christmas Season is a joyful time spent with family and friends, rejoicing in a year safely navigated and eagerly anticipating the start of something new. But for Tony Rodriguez, thinking about the future produced only fear – fear that he wouldn’t be there for the person who needed him most.

 You see, at more than 425 pounds, Tony was slipping into what seemed like insurmountable obesity. Though he hadn’t experienced any severe health complications yet, his family knew that day would be coming.

“We were sitting around the table having Christmas dinner in 2008,” Tony said. “That’s when my sister and my parents began sharing concerns about my weight. They were worried about my little sister and who would take care of her when they weren’t able to.”

At 33, Sabrina Rodriguez has the education level of a seven year-old, due to complications from lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder. Handicapped by the disease, along with severe arthritis, she’s completely dependent on those around her.

Without mincing words, Tony’s parent’s told him that, as they got older, the burden of providing for his sister would fall on him.

“That’s when they said I needed to take better care of myself, so that I could take better care of her,” Tony said. “My sister, Sylvia, who works at San Joaquin Community Hospital, recommended that I look into Bariatric Solutions, the hospital’s weight-loss program.”

In February of 2009, Tony entered the program with the intent of having weight-loss surgery. In order to have the procedure, however, he needed to lose 10 percent of his body weight. Working with the Bariatric Solutions team, Tony began using the clinic’s HMR® meal-replacement products to accomplish that goal.

That’s when the weight started flying off. In fact, the HMR products proved so effective for Tony, that his weight-loss counselor recommended sticking with that approach, rather than moving forward with the more invasive surgical option.

Two years later, Tony reached a major milestone: He’d lost 200 pounds. Although he’s achieved radical success, Tony makes it a point to continue surrounding himself with people who will hold him accountable.

“I still go to the support groups at Bariatrics every Tuesday,” Tony said. “Throughout my entire journey, the team has been so helpful. I remember one time I hit a plateau and didn’t lost any weight for weeks. They helped me get through that stage and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Like others who’ve lost extreme amounts of weight, Tony knows the secret is in a lifestyle change, rather than a quick fix.

 “Before I lost the weight, I could barely walk down the street without feeling winded,” Tony said. “Now I go to the gym every morning and do at least five miles on the elliptical machine without having any problem. In fact, it’s the best part of my day.”

 But for Tony, the battle is far from over. A self-admitted fast-food addict, he faces multiple temptations every morning on his short drive to work. In those moments, he summons strength not from his own journey, but from the little his sister he’s dedicated his life to.

“Whenever I feel like I’m going to slip, I think about my sister and how her struggles are 10 times worse than mine,” Sure, I lost weight for my own good. But even more, I did this for her and for my family so they can have peace of mind knowing that I’ll be there when she needs me the most.”

Few battles in life are as daunting as the fight to lose weight. That’s because weight-loss – whether 20 pounds or 200 pounds – is a head-to-head clash with your own courage and resilience. It’s making the choice every minute of every day to resist temptation and do things that aren’t fun, popular or convenient.

It’s a fight won in the mind, not the stomach.

Today, you’ll meet Tony and Jocylyn. Despite facing the same obstacles, each chose a different path in route to the ultimate goal. But in many ways their stories are the same: two people from the same side of town, struggling with the same lifelong insecurities, trying to climb the same mountain.

Making Magic Happen

She’ll never forget the embarrassment of that moment. Still just a teenager, Jocylyn Freeman was with her family on their annual outing to Six Flags Magic Mountain. For many, including the Freeman’s, the climax of the day was a ride on the notorious and exhilarating Batman rollercoaster.

Taking her seat – as close to the front as possible, of course – Jocylyn waited anxiously as the attendant passed by each cart to perform his final safety checks. After hours of waiting, the ride was almost ready to launch. To her horror, when Jocylyn’s turn came, her buckle wouldn’t clip together. Humiliated, she closed her eyes and waited for the dreadful moment to be over, and with a sharp click, the belt finally secured her in place. But the scars from that day didn’t disappear easily.

It wasn’t until nearly a decade later, before Jocylyn, now a nursing student weighing more than 320 pounds, made the decision to enter a weight-loss program.

“I said to myself, ‘If I’m going to be a nurse, I’m going to have to change myself first,’” Jocylyn remembers thinking. “I mean, how could I promote a healthy lifestyle to my patients if I wasn’t living it?”

Jocylyn was 26 when she walked into San Joaquin Community Hospital’s Bariatric Solutions for the first time. Though it was a physician referral that brought here there, it was the inspiration and expertise of the staff that made here stay.

“I remember talking to the director, Sheri [Seal-Bailey], who had lost more than 200 pounds after having a gastric bypass, the same surgery I was about to go through. From that point on, I knew I could do it too.”

And she did. In fact, not only did Jocylyn lose more than 150 pounds through the weight-loss surgery, she’s kept the weight off for more than five years. She credits many of the caregivers at Bariatric Solutions for keeping her on track and educating her on what she needed to do to be successful.

“On the first visit, I remember them telling me that weight-loss surgery was a tool and that if I didn’t change my lifestyle, I would gain the weight back,” Jocylyn said. “That hit me really hard. I didn’t want to go through all this pain only to gain the weight back later. With the support of my family and the caregivers at Bariatrics, I’ve been able to change my life.”

Jocylyn never forgot that day at Magic Mountain – and she’ll never forget the first time she went back after her surgery. Standing at the entrance to the Batman rollercoaster, the memories poured back into her mind.

But this time, something was different. As the attendant approached to buckle her in, the anxiety that used to shake her to the core was firmly in the past. In its place, there was simply joy.

“Well,” she finally admits, “Maybe there were a few nerves. I thought I might slide out of my harness.”

 Fighting for Two

For households around the world, the Christmas Season is a joyful time spent with family and friends, rejoicing in a year safely navigated and eagerly anticipating the start of something new. But for Tony Rodriguez, thinking about the future produced only fear – fear that he wouldn’t be there for the person who needed him most.

 You see, at more than 425 pounds, Tony was slipping into what seemed like insurmountable obesity. Though he hadn’t experienced any severe health complications yet, his family knew that day would be coming.

“We were sitting around the table having Christmas dinner in 2008,” Tony said. “That’s when my sister and my parents began sharing concerns about my weight. They were worried about my little sister and who would take care of her when they weren’t able to.”

At 33, Sabrina Rodriguez has the education level of a seven year-old, due to complications from lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder. Handicapped by the disease, along with severe arthritis, she’s completely dependent on those around her.

Without mincing words, Tony’s parent’s told him that, as they got older, the burden of providing for his sister would fall on him.

“That’s when they said I needed to take better care of myself, so that I could take better care of her,” Tony said. “My sister, Sylvia, who works at San Joaquin Community Hospital, recommended that I look into Bariatric Solutions, the hospital’s weight-loss program.”

In February of 2009, Tony entered the program with the intent of having weight-loss surgery. In order to have the procedure, however, he needed to lose 10 percent of his body weight. Working with the Bariatric Solutions team, Tony began using the clinic’s HMR® meal-replacement products to accomplish that goal.

That’s when the weight started flying off. In fact, the HMR products proved so effective for Tony, that his weight-loss counselor recommended sticking with that approach, rather than moving forward with the more invasive surgical option.

Two years later, Tony reached a major milestone: He’d lost 200 pounds. Although he’s achieved radical success, Tony makes it a point to continue surrounding himself with people who will hold him accountable.

“I still go to the support groups at Bariatrics every Tuesday,” Tony said. “Throughout my entire journey, the team has been so helpful. I remember one time I hit a plateau and didn’t lost any weight for weeks. They helped me get through that stage and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Like others who’ve lost extreme amounts of weight, Tony knows the secret is in a lifestyle change, rather than a quick fix.

 “Before I lost the weight, I could barely walk down the street without feeling winded,” Tony said. “Now I go to the gym every morning and do at least five miles on the elliptical machine without having any problem. In fact, it’s the best part of my day.”

 But for Tony, the battle is far from over. A self-admitted fast-food addict, he faces multiple temptations every morning on his short drive to work. In those moments, he summons strength not from his own journey, but from the little his sister he’s dedicated his life to.

“Whenever I feel like I’m going to slip, I think about my sister and how her struggles are 10 times worse than mine,” Sure, I lost weight for my own good. But even more, I did this for her and for my family so they can have peace of mind knowing that I’ll be there when she needs me the most.”

Change Your Life – Now

Jocylyn and Tony are but two of the patients whose lives have been changed by the staff at Bariatric Solutions. Unlike other weight-loss programs, each patient – whether on the surgical or meal-replacement track – is medically supervised by licensed professionals. In fact, each of the caregivers at Bariatric Solutions has gone through one of the programs themselves, and experienced the same life-changing results as their patients.

Whether you need to lose 20 pounds or 200, Bariatric Solutions is here for you. If you’re interested in beginning your own weight-loss journey, contact Bariatric Solutions today at 661-869-6760. What are you waiting for? Win the fight in your mind … and call Bariatric Solutions today.

Jocylyn and Tony are but two of the patients whose lives have been changed by the staff at Bariatric Solutions. Unlike other weight-loss programs, each patient – whether on the surgical or meal-replacement track – is medically supervised by licensed professionals. In fact, each of the caregivers at Bariatric Solutions has gone through one of the programs themselves, and experienced the same life-changing results as their patients.

Whether you need to lose 20 pounds or 200, Bariatric Solutions is here for you. If you’re interested in beginning your own weight-loss journey, contact Bariatric Solutions today at 661-869-6760. What are you waiting for? Win the fight in your mind … and call Bariatric Solutions today.