Last year, I had the opportunity to meet with Jim “JD” Daniels and discuss my weight loss journey. Today, I’m proud to share his story with you! Way to go, JD! So happy to hear that your health has improved and proud of the fitness goals you’re setting and accomplishing! -Sam
I have a family history of obesity and have struggled with my weight over the last 15 years since retiring from the United States Air Force. The good looks and slenderness went to my brother and sister from my mom’s side of the family, and the personality and the heaviness I received from my dad’s side! About two years ago, I was hiking with a group in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in eastern Oregon and was always the last person that everyone was waiting on. I was taking numerous breaks and it was a struggle! I was not happy and the realization hit me that I was extremely over weight, taking blood pressure and cholesterol medications. I was not happy or able to enjoy life to the fullest.
I have talked to numerous people who have had weight loss surgery, but the person who finally helped me with my choice was Sam. It was incredible to see his transformation, hear his story of how the “sleeve surgery” was the right weight loss surgery for him.
September 24, 2014 was my “born again” day from a physical point of view – the day of my sleeve surgery! The process leading up to this point and preparing for the surgery was just as important as the surgery. The staff at the Surgical Weight Control Center was fantastic in making sure I was prepared and ready for my surgery day. The staff at the hospital from pre to post operation were fantastic, and I was able to go home the day after surgery. I believe my preparation prior to surgery helped reduce my stay at the hospital and emphasized the importance of following the directions provided by the clinic staff.
It is important to understand that weight loss surgery is a tool and not an end solution! The surgery has helped me control the amount of food I eat, but I still have to make good choices! My biggest obstacle was my fast eating habit and realized this was an important lifestyle change that I need to make.
I have lost more than 70 pounds in the last 11 months and I am no longer taking my blood pressure or cholesterol medications. I am sleeping through the night, and, according to my wife, my snoring has been reduced significantly. My energy levels are through the roof and it is pretty cool picking out new clothes!
This year, my wife and I went to our favorite vacation spot (Kauai, Hawaii), and for the first time I was able to do a 10-mile run along a beach front that I thought would never be possible. This year I have registered for the Las Vegas Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon and will be running my first half marathon (13-miles) in November with my brother. My weight loss journey could not have happened without the support of my family, friends to include the Surgical Weight Control Center staff and Drs. Atkinson and Soong! Thank you! -JD