Jed Warren – Former Surgical Weight Loss Patient
I will be brief but please allow me to share my experience and support for this life changing decision you are facing.
I didn’t grow up overweight because I was involved in sports. My struggle began around 2002. I carried an extra 15-20 pounds when a series of challenges in my life manifested as a serious eating problem. I didn’t eat very healthy because both my parents were overweight all of my life. My football coaches wanted me to bulk up all the time so I learned to eat lots of carbs. Unfortunately, those habits do not go away as you get older.
I struggled all the time and jumped from one diet to the next. I was able to get my eating habits much healthier through the years but I still ate constantly from the time I woke up until I went to bed. Each year I would drop around 40 pounds but when the holidays came around I would put the weight back on.
In 2014 I went to the doctor after I returned from a three week business trip. Usually I eat much better when I’m out of town because I don’t have snacks around. Well, I gained 6 lbs. Not only that but even though I always stayed active my body was giving up on me. My joints were starting to hurt and physically it was getting harder to do everyday activities. I was a type II diabetic and I was on two blood pressure medications. My doctor told me that my triglycerides were too high so he suggested I attend Dr. Robert Wegner’s seminar. My wife attended with me and we were very excited when we left. I wanted a re-set button and to get my life back. I wanted to make sure I would be around to see my son get married one day and watch him live his life.
I attended the seminar in November 2014 and was scheduled for my surgery January 15, 2015. I was so nervous and excited.
My first challenge:
I had to complete a two week liver shrink diet before surgery that started on New Year’s Day. It was challenging but the doctor said time and again that he would not perform the surgery if he saw that we did not follow this diet. It was important to follow and I lost my first sixteen pounds during that phase. It will be the last struggle you have with a diet so stick with it!
I had to get back to work a little quicker than normal but I did exactly what I was told to do. I walked around the hospital floor and continued walking when I got home. Every day I got out and walked. Some days I went further than others but I didn’t miss a day. After a couple of weeks when the doctor released me for regular workouts, I started some simple ab workouts on a yoga ball. Believe it or not, you can really work your abs without much stress using one of these. I would sit and do simple movements while watching TV and I continued to walk. After a month, I started lifting weights and my weight just kept coming off.
Eventually I worked up to working out 5-6 days a week. I loved it! I went to strength class with my wife twice a week which brought us closer together. In October of 2015 I started doing T-25 workouts five days a week. This is a 25-minute workout that I could do in my hotel room when I traveled. I did the Alpha for 5 weeks, the Beta for 5 weeks and now I have been on the Gamma Extreme for 7 weeks. I haven’t missed a day. I learned from the past that it’s too easy to give up a habit.
- I lost 107 pounds in 6 months (Exercise is huge)
- I lost 124.5 pounds at my one year checkup
- Starting weight – 298.4
- My weight now – 170
- Starting waist – 55”
- My waist now – 33.5”
- I’m down to one very low dosage of blood pressure medicine which is because of my family history.
Please let me encourage you to change what you eat and make sure you get exercise to maximize your results. This will be a new chance for us to make the right decisions and I plan to make all the right ones. I hope you will join me and please feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions, or just need some encouragement or someone to work out with.