“Most people are stubborn. But if you’ve got the mindset to change, you can. I did.”

Beldon Sprouse

Weight has always been an issue for me. I’ve always been big pretty much my whole life, and although I worked to get things under control from time to time, I always seemed to end up right back where I started, only bigger and larger. As the years added up, so did the pounds – more than about 360 at the top end – plus I was starting to lose energy and developed type 2 diabetes.

So, I decided to try something different. With the help of Dr. Parrent and his staff, I looked at my options and decided on gastric sleeve surgery. In the six months since I had the procedure, I’ve lost 95 pounds and have reversed my diabetes condition without the need for medication or insulin injections. I was never trying for a miracle, but today, I’m looking at getting under 250 pounds, maybe even 240. And that’s something I never thought was possible.

Dr. Parrent was very helpful and gave me the pros and cons; what you can expect and the kind of job you have to do. But he’s got an awesome team that makes it a lot easier. The extra time I get to spend with my two grandsons is really worth it. They don’t sit still and you can keep pretty active chasing them around. All in all, you’ve to be ready to change your mind and live longer.

Most people are stubborn, you can always go back and eat the bad food again, which is what got us here in the first place. But once you make the decision, you lose your desire for the bad food and you don’t miss it or the taste.

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