Weight Loss Success Stories - Robanne Lost 150 Pounds
Family Status: Married with 3 kids
Occupation: Registered Nurse
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Starting Weight: 300 pounds
Current Weight: 150 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 150 pounds!
Robanne's Weight Loss Story!
There is a lot of negativity about bariatric surgery and the social
stigma attached to it. Personally, I hear more stories of bariatric
surgeries gone bad and stories of noncompliance with people regaining
all of their weight, than I do of long lasting success with weight
loss. Bariatric surgery is by no means a quick fix, or the easy
way out of fatness. I contemplated my own surgery for several years
before I did it. However, my story is one of hope and success
that has blown my mind and exceeded my wildest expectations. I hope
by sharing my own experience with you, it will help you find your
way. I am by no means an expert on all things bariatric. My surgery
was just under three years ago.
My journey began many years before that. I was always a chunky
kiddo. I could look at an apple and gain 5 pounds. I remember being
called "thunder thighs" pretty much all through childhood.
I was always insecure about my weight and have been all of over
the map with weight and eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia,
and morbid obesity. I felt very out of control with food most of
my life, but particularly the last decade when I was morbidly obese
the entire time (1999-2009). I was a hot mess. Food consumed me.
I was always planning my next food binge which was daily at that
point. I did not exercise and was not able to participate actively
with my children. I sat on the sidelines of life watching and wishing
I could join in. I sat on the bench and watched the kids play at
the park. I could not run around and chase them, I couldn't even
climb the stairs in our house. I sat on a lawn chair at the pool,
fully clothed. I would not go in the pool, and sure as heck would
not put on a bathing suit (most of the time).
So, what happened to me? In a nutshell, I had to go to the emergency
room twice within a 6 month period. My resting heart rate on the
first trip was 201, and 206 on the second. It's scared the ba-jeezus
out of me, and I knew at that moment I had to do something, and
I had to do it SOON! I was already on Metformin for my high blood
sugar and blood pressure medications were coming soon. I was always
short of breath and sweaty without much effort. I had tried every
diet out there during that 10 year period with no success. More
accurately, I deprived myself off and on under the guise of calling
it a diet, but I was never able to maintain it and I never changed
Fast forward to August 4, 2009. On that date I had a laparoscopic
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure. Since that time I have gone
from 300 pounds to my current weight of 150 pounds, which I have
been at for a year and a half now. It has not been without its struggles
and a ton of work. Like I said earlier, there is no quick fix or
magic pill. I only had to change one thing and that one thing was
EVERYTHING! I made the required dietary changes, I started exercising
and I had to change my thinking. Just because you have a surgical
procedure that makes your stomach smaller, you are still left with
your "fat thinking" and therefore the accompanying bad
habits that got you in that shape in the first place.
I currently workout 5 days a week and eat small meals throughout
the day. I choose protein over carbs as often as possible, although
I don't agree with giving up carbs. Your body needs them, it just
doesn't need the white rice and 2 plates of pasta kind of carbs
(that I used to consume all the time). I go for whole grain carbs,
and I start everyday with oatmeal.
Now I can fully participate in my own life as well as the lives
of my children. We run, we play, we ride bikes, and guess what,
we go to the pool and I rock a bikini these days. I am an example
of healthy living today. For that, I am truly grateful. You couldn't
have told me 3 years ago I would be sharing my story with ShapeFit.com
helping to motivate others with their weight loss journey. I had
all but given up on ever getting out of that fat body, and I had
been eating myself to death for a decade.
I should also add, that I have had some plastic surgery on my tummy
and buns to remove excess skin. I also got my boobs done and put
them back in the northern hemisphere where they belong. I would
have never told you I would EVER get plastic surgery, until I experienced
what is was like to have all of that hanging skin. Think about it,
once you deflate a 300 pound balloon to half its size, you are left
with a lot of sag. To my surprise however, I haven't had anything
done to my arms. Yes, they are all me. My message to anyone struggling
with weight is that no matter how you achieve your weight loss,
you will not be able to maintain it unless you change your lifestyle.
You can do it! Never give up. I almost did, and look what happened
Robanne's Weight Loss Interview!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
More than 10 years ago.
What made you decide to lose weight?
2 trips to the emergency room with a resting pulse greater than
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
It started with Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in August of
2009 and ever since I've had to change everything about my lifestyle.
Other than making obvious diet changes, exercise has been extremely
crucial in keeping the weight off and achieving a whole new toned,
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Just because you have had your stomach surgically made smaller,
it doesn't change your old habits. It doesn't make you exercise
or make good choices. The most challenging thing about losing
the weight has been changing my lifestyle, eating right and exercising
consistently and also not slipping back into old, unhealthy patterns
of obese behavior.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
The weight started to come off about 20 pounds a month, but the
real transformation with toned and cut muscular definition took
close to a year.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
1 1/2 years.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do
I've been at my goal weight for 1 1/2 years as a result of consistent
exercise and eating a healthy diet.
How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I am active and able to fully participate in life. I now set
a healthy example for my children and help to inspire others who
are considering bariatric surgery or those who have had it and
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit.com has allowed me to share my weight loss story to
Robanne's Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Weight loss tip #2:
Increase protein intake.
Weight loss tip #3:
Whole grain sources of carbs.
Weight loss tip #4:
Small meals throughout the day.
Weight loss tip #5:
Change your exercise routine to prevent boredom and to challenge
Robanne's Weight Loss Eating Plan!
Oatmeal with splenda. 2-3 hours later I'll have a Greek yogurt
with a handful of nuts.
call it "saladizing" my meal. I will take a small chicken
breast and put a small bit of cheese on it, maybe a few tortilla
chips and then I saladize it! Basically, I take my favorite veggies
(lettuce, nappa cabbage, tomatoes, carrot shreds) and I put it
on top of whatever I eat. I use fresh salsa as a dressing. It's
Lean slices of chicken, a hard boiled egg, steamed broccoli,
and a few whole grain crackers.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
I always have Greek yogurt on hand (high in protein) and I drink
a whey protein shake with 2% milk twice a week. I also like cherries,
strawberries and almonds or cashews in small amounts and baked
Robanne's Weight Loss Workouts!
Light weights (as not to build bulky manly muscles). I use controlled
resistance machines like Cybex. Once a week, I work with a personal
trainer and use kettlebells and do TRX training.
I take hip hop hustle exercise classes 3 times a week. I walk
uphill on the treadmill for 2 miles twice a week. I take yoga
once a week, and I sometimes swim laps in the pool.
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