Robanne’s Success Story: I lost 150 pounds!

Me in 2009

I was always a chunky kiddo. I could look at an apple and gain five pounds. I remember being called “thunder thighs” pretty much all through childhood.

I was always insecure about my body and have been all of over the map with weight and eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia and morbid obesity.

I’ve felt very out of control with food most of my life but particularly the last decade—from 1999 to 2009 I was morbidly obese—and I was a hot mess!

Food consumed me. Always planning my next food binge, I didn’t exercise and wasn’t 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 couldn’t 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 wouldn’t go in the pool, and sure as heck would put up a fight about wearing a bathing suit.

I was already on metformin for my high blood sugar and blood pressure meds were coming soon. I was always short of breath and sweaty without much effort. I’d tried every diet out there for ten years with no success. More accurately, I deprived myself off and on under the guise of a calling it a diet, but I was never able to maintain it and I never changed my lifestyle.

What happened to me—in a nutshell—was that I had to go to the ER twice within a six-month period. My resting heart rate the first trip was 201 bpm and 206 bpm on the second. It scared the ba-jeezus out of me, and I knew at that moment I had to do something and I had to do it fast!

Fast forward to August 4, 2009 when I had a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y bariatric procedure. Since then, I’ve gone from 300 pounds to my current weight of 150, a weight I’ve maintained for a year and a half now. It has not been without its struggles and a ton of work.

But I only had to change one thing…and that one thing was, well, EVERYTHING! I made the required dietary changes. I started exercising. I changed my thinking, too. Even though I’d had a surgical procedure that made my stomach smaller, I was still left with my “fat thinking,” and therefore, the accompanying bad habits that got me in that shape in the first place.

Me NOW!

Now, three years later, I work out five 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 or the two-plates-of-pasta kind of carbs that I used to eat all the time. I go for whole grain carbs, and I start every day with oatmeal.

Today, 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 where I rock a bikini and feel great about it!

I’m an example of healthy living today. For that, I’m truly grateful. You couldn’t have told me three years ago I would be sharing my story with shapefit.com. I’d all but given up on ever getting out of that fat body. And I’d been eating myself to death for a decade.

I should also add, that I did have some plastic surgery on my tummy and buns to remove excess skin and had my breasts put back in the northern hemisphere where they belong. But, to my surprise, I haven’t had anything done to my arms, they are all me.

My message to anyone struggling with weight is this: No matter how you achieve your weight loss, you’ll not be able to maintain it unless you change your lifestyle to match. And you can do it! Never give up . . . I almost did, and look what happened to me. :)


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11 Responses to Robanne’s Success Story: I lost 150 pounds!

  1. Aimee Coe says:

    You are a true inspiration.

  2. Robanne Robin says:

    Thanks Aimee! By sharing my story, I hope to inspire, motivate, and educate our bariatric patients on the lifestyle changes that must be made in order to be successful with bariatric surgery. It has profoundly changed my life for the better. But, I almost blew it. Looking back, I did not exercise at first, but there was a point in which I made the decision to begin to exercise. In addition to the dietary changes, if I hadn’t made that lifestyle change, I am certain I would gain my weight back. I am so glad I did not miss the exercise boat! It is so important that bariatric patients truly understand how important exercise is to being successful!

  3. Kristyn says:

    Thats so great! I am going to a seminar soon and can’t wait to find out more information! Thanks for sharing your story, you look amazing and I can’t wait to go to the seminar!

  4. Lin says:

    You look fantastic. Congratulations. I’m having this procedure in January. I know I will need some plastic surgery/tummy tuck in the future. How did you go about locating a plastic surgeon, did the bariatric center refer you and how long did you have to wait before you could have that done?

  5. Sorry for the ridiculously late reply. I haven’t checked here in forever!

    Please go to my website
    http://www.getyourstrongon.net

    Look at the My Faves page for an AWESOME plastic surgery group.

  6. Roxy says:

    You look awesome! I have a problem with my ams. I am post since 2002; however, I had a child since and have had to lose weight on my own. If you don’t mind me asking “Did you pay out of pocket or the insurance took care of the excess skin?” I know the insurance companies offer the apron surgery for the lower part of the abdomen, but I need the abdominoplasty , muscles sutured and all.

  7. Roxy,

    Sorry for the late reply. Thanks for the compliment. I have found exercise to be vital in my success. My arms, back and shoulders have transformed beyond my wildest dreams! I have not had any plastic surgery on those areas, but I did have a tummy tuck and breast augmentation.

    My insurance covered zilch. Email me at getyourstrongon@gmail.com or find me on facebook. I have a bariatric success page connecting many bariatric patients I have met across the country to share their experience, strength and hope with one another.

    Also, I have a website: getyourstrongon.net. You will find more about my story there, as well as the book I wrote entitled Half My Size.

    Take care and be well :)
    Robanne

  8. Robanne you said Insurance did not pay how did you pay for such a costly surgies,I’m so afraid my Insurance will not pay for my surgery I am 55 and Disabled just have my husbands Insurance if they won’t pay I don’t know how much longer I can keep on..Thank you for your life changing story.It gives me hope.

  9. Thank for all your up lifting stories.

  10. Alfredia, I saved for almost 2 years, and I worked two jobs. It was not easy, but it was worth it. I know 2 years sounds like a long time, but it’s going to go by anyway, so you might at well get started. It made me feel good that I knew I was working toward getting the surgery done. Good luck!

  11. Also, if you want to read my story, I wrote a book called Half My Size. It’s honesty, it’s funny, and it is everything I have done right and wrong with food. You can find it on my website at http://www.getyourstrongon.net

    You can watch my story on youtube. It’s called My Road to STRONG
    It should inspire you :)

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