My husband and I cannot thank Dr. Billy and his office enough for helping us lead a healthier lifestyle. We were at our wits end; we had both tried every kind of weight loss solution out there. We tried the Cabbage Soup diet, the Atkins diet, working with a Weight Loss Coach, a nutritionist, a psychologist to try Hypnotherapy, numerous exercise programs and continually struggles to try and eat less and eat healthy. Some of these worked for a few months, but most of them didn’t work at all or we couldn’t stick with them. The Lap Band procedure and Dr. Billy’s support system were what made the difference for me and my husband.
We started the process by attending one of Dr. Billy’s informational seminars. This was a very interesting experience. At the seminar, Dr. Billy said to the group that if we expected to have the surgery and automatically loose the weight without changing any of our bad habits, then we should leave now, because the surgery is only a tool and it won’t work if we don’t eat the right foods. This scared us a bit. We really had to make a conscience decision that we were ready to eat right and put in the effort to make this work. That this was not just a magic pill that we could pay for surgery, have a procedure and automatically loose weight.
So, why was this different? This worked because the Lap Band really did make us feel full faster, so we ate less. And it gave us more control over our hunger. It was easier to ignore those stomach rumblings and those feeling of hunger. But what really made the difference was the support offered at the office. The informational seminars pre and post surgery and the support groups offered monthly, really helped us to understand what we needed to do to be successful. We came in every 4-6 weeks for a follow up appointment, got weighed and discussed our struggles with Nurse Jessica and Dr. Billy. The staff is always compassionate and caring, but they are also very honest and frank about what steps you need to do to be successful. One of the big realizations that I had, was that my reasons or excuses for not doing the things necessary to loose weight were just that excuses. Sometimes they were valid, but regardless of their validity, I still needed to find a way to do the healthy thing. I needed to plan my meals or look online at a calorie chart before going out so that I would make a healthy choice that was within my calorie allotment for the meal or make time for my exercise routine.
Dr. Billy has amazing support people on staff. A nutritionist that teaches you how to eat and a personal trainer that offers a fitness class help at the office. The Fitness class was the thing that really helped me to be successful. I started taking the fitness class about a month after my surgery and I have continued to take the class ever since. The trainer is great and very compassionate. Just like all of the staff at Dr. Billy’s office. The trainer made me and everyone that comes into the class feel welcome and comfortable. The class allows you to progress from whatever level of fitness you are at. I started the first day and didn’t think that I could keep up and now I work with the trainer and help train.
My husband and I had our surgery in July 2008. Just a year later in July 2009 my husband has lost over 100 lbs and I have lost over 50 lbs. We feel good, have energy and very thankful and appreciative of Dr. Billy and his staff for helping us with our journey.