I had to see the dietitian when I started seeing Dr. Jandali for double hernia surgery. However, he said "I need you to lose weight now before it becomes an emergency," so I agreed. He the referred me to Dr. Ramadani to help manage my weight and she weighed me in September of 2020. I weighed 651 lbs. She then prescribed me medication and told me that to be a candidate for bariatric surgery, it would be required for me to see a dietitian, so I agreed.
The referral was in put place, I was contacted, I was set up with Brenna, and I met with her with not having very much success in the past with losing weight, with dietitians. I felt I was a little rude at first to her but I explained I needed someone to work with me and not against me, and she agreed. She asked me what I liked to eat and we started there, and developed a plan that we both could work with.
But, my double hernia surgery ended up having to be done in February of 2021 causing a major blockage. Dr. Jandali was afraid to do it because of my size and, being high risk, he wasn't sure which way it would go but my heart is very strong and got through it. I spent 2 weeks in the hospital and the whole time I still stuck to my diet as an inpatient. I dealt with Brenna's boss while I was in the hospital. Then, after years of smoking I quit while I was in the hospital and have not touched another cigarette since I got out and I am still following my diet as well.
I have monthly in-person visits and virtual visits with Brenna, and she emails me recipes (which I told her I'm open to try) and I show her my spice collection. As of September 2021, I am at a 140 lbs. weights loss. I call Brenna my "nutrition Angel" because if it wasn't for her I wouldn't be where I'm at today. I keep her quote tucked in the back of my head ("never make a food an enemy") because if you avoid certain types of food, and then you decide to eat it, you are going to over-indulge yourself and make a very big mistake. But, if you eat a food in moderation, when you want, you are going to satisfy your hunger and won't want it as much anymore. It's helped me a lot thinking like that.
My energy level has become 10 times better than it was a year ago, I shower more often, I clean my own apartment, I do my laundry, take my trash out, do my own grocery shopping, I'm independent on my own. Nobody makes fun of me stinking anymore when I go to the store (you know how embarrassing and hurtful that is when you can't clean yourself properly and people make fun of you in public). My Relationship with food is much healthier. I don't eat noodles anymore, but that's by choice. I eat a lot of plant based foods, drink almond milk and I quit drinking soda for over a year now. I drink lots of water now - a year ago soda is all I drank.