“My name is Josh C., and I have a story to tell:
To say that I have always been a big guy would really understate it. Once I got into high school I just kept getting bigger and bigger, I never got the chance to date in school because who wants to be with the fattest kid in the school. That made me depressed a lot of the time. When I graduated in 1989, I weighed well over 300 lbs. I would try to lose weight but I was never successful. I tried diets, walking, going to the gym, but nothing ever helped. I met my wife Kari in 1992 she was and still is the most beautiful, caring woman I had ever met. I just knew I had to do whatever it took to keep her in my life, so I tried to lose weight anyway possible. I tried taking the mercurial pill redux, I went on the Atkins diet, weight watchers, slim fast, but nothing worked for me.
To my surprise Kari stayed with me even though I kept getting bigger. When Kari and I married in 1994, I was wearing a size 52 pants and a 4X shirt. My eating habits were really bad, all of the time. I would go to a drive through or an all-you-can-eat place 3 or 4 times per week. We had 4 children and all I was doing was showing them how to grow up and be unhealthy.
Each year for Christmas I would get bigger pants and shirts, soon I was only wearing sweats and hoodies. My knees were hurting all of the time along with my back. I had to walk with a cane due to all of the pain I was in. I had sleep apnea and I would have to take pills to sleep and pills to get out of bed due to all of the pain from being morbidly obese.
In 2010 I started to research all options to lose weight other than the diets that kept failing me. My doctor turned me to Dr. Matthew Metz, and after visiting with him a few times I decided that having the Gastric Sleeve would be a great option for me. On October 25th, 2011 I had my surgery/second chance at life.
When I went into the operation I weighed 465 lbs. I wore size 64 pants and a size 6XL shirt. Today, which is 1 year and 3 months later, I wear a size 44 pair of pants and a 2X shirt. I now weigh 265 lbs. I no longer have sleep apnea, nor do I walk with a cane. I am able to go to the gym and exercise for around two hours. My warm up on the tread mill is a 15 minute walk at 3.5 mph, then I step it up and jog for 5 minutes at 5.0 mph, then I slow down to 3.5 and set the incline to 15 degrees and walk that for 15 minutes. After that I go to the sit up machine, add 60 lbs to the weight and do 150 sit ups. Then I’m off to the swimming pool for 10 laps, or sometimes I just walk at a brisk pace in the pool. I do this 3 to 4 times per week.
Along with my exercise I eat a lot better, having stayed with the food plan that Dr. Metz gave me.
I want to let everybody know what a wonderful life changing experience the Gastric sleeve has been for me. I don’t know what else to say except THANK YOU DR. METZ. You gave me the tools that I needed to get my life back and I am so happy now. I have my first Grandson on the way and I now know that I will get to hold him and watch him grow up.”
*Individual results may vary.