PIKEVILLE â€“ In her early 20s, Tiffany Fronto weighed 325 lbs., and suffered from high blood pressure and knee problems.
In December 2011, Fronto underwent gastric by-pass surgery through the Pikeville Medical Weight Loss Surgery Center.
â€œI wanted to undergo weight loss surgery a long time ago, but it just didn’t work out for me,â€ said Fronto. â€œLike most people, I had already tried everything under the sun. Having weight loss surgery at Pikeville Medical Center is the best decision I have made. I feel great.â€
Having lost 180 lbs., Fronto recently met her goal of 145 lbs.
Fronto reflected, â€œIt’s been a really good journey, but it’s not been easy and it’s not a quick fix. Being successful requires getting your mindset right so you can put into it the work it requires. You are not going to come out of surgery and be completely changed. You are still the same person you were before surgery; you still have the same thinking. You did not gain weight overnight, so you are not going to lose weight overnight. You have to work to meet your goal.â€
During the first three months post-surgery, patients experience many changes and are asked to make several lifestyle adjustments.
Fronto continued, â€œIn the beginning there was a point where I thought, â€˜What have I done?’ But I think once you can get past that and stop getting discouraged, you can get into the habit of making smarter and healthier choices. Making a lifestyle change takes some adjusting.â€
Fronto recommends weight loss surgery patients take baby steps.
â€œIt’s very important to set realistic and specific goals,â€ said Fronto. â€œI kept a calendar to track my weight twice a week. I would set weekly goals to either maintain or lose weight.Reaching little goals keeps you motivated for the future.â€
PMC’s Weight Loss Surgery Center has helped Fronto every step of the way.
â€œPMC’s weight loss surgery staff is wonderful,â€ said Fronto. â€œAnytime you have a question about even the smallest thing, you can ask them. They are more than willing to work with you and give you the answers you need to stay on track. They are not just there for you during surgery, they offer life-long support.â€
Even though she has been successful, Fronto experienced setbacks.
She explains, â€œWeight loss surgery patients are going to experience backslides. Nobody is perfect. You are not going to make the best decisions 365 days a year. You are going to mess up and fall off the bandwagon, but when you do you have to get back up. You’re only unsuccessful if you stay off.â€
PMC’s Weight loss surgery Reclaim Your Life Support Groups helped give Fronto the encouragement she needed.
â€œIt’s wonderful to meet with other people who have gone through the same thing you are. If you are struggling - have fallen off course - they understand and are there to pick you back up,â€ explained Fronto
Now that she has met her goal weight, Fronto has made healthy habits a part of her life.
â€œWorking out and eating healthy has become a part of who I am,â€ she said. â€œBefore, I thought it was a â€˜have to’ thing, but now I want to. This has definitely been a lifestyle change for me. After reaching my goal, I cannot go back to my old lifestyle. This was not a temporary fix, so it cannot be a temporary change.â€
Fronto’s success from Weight loss surgery has given her confidence.
â€œWhen I first started working out, I was the person in the back of the room because I didn’t want anyone to see me. Now, I am the person in the front of the room because I want to look at myself.â€
Fronto encourages others who may be struggling with their weight. â€œI understand. I’ve been there before. I know how it is to feel like you don’t want to do certain things because you’re heavier. You think everyone is looking at you. In moments like those, you have to decide if you really want to make a change...Beginnings are not easy, but once you get past the hump, it does get easier.â€
PMC’s Weight Loss Surgery Center is a Center of Excellence and is dedicated to providing its patients with the best care possible. For more information about PMC’s Weight Loss Surgery Center and the services it provides, call 606-218-4811.