Tanya Dubenion

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Hi, my name is Tanya and I am a 49 year old grandmother. I have actually been overweight for most of my adult life. I had my daughter at the age of 18, I was 140 lbs. I gained 60 lbs and I’ve never returned to my starting weight. Through the years my weight was up and down, in 1995 I got up to 253lbs and I was miserable. I began a cycle of yo-yo dieting but I never could get below 210 lbs. I tried every diet out there but my favorite was Atkins because I would lose weight fast, but I would always gain it back.
Fast forward to 2010, I lost my mom, I got a divorce in 2012 and went into a depression and just stopped caring. I got to the point where my quality of life wasn’t good anymore. I have arthritis in both knees and my back and just didn’t feel like doing anything. I would go to work and come home and lay around and eat all day. And it wasn’t only that I didn’t feel good physically, I had lost all of my self confidence, I didn’t want to be around people. I work for the school board as a custodian and it was getting to the point that I couldn’t do my job, and I’m no where near retiring yet, so I knew I had to do something.
I was shocked when I went to the doctor and found out I was 274lbs!!! I couldn’t believe I was almost 300 pounds! So I asked about weight loss surgery and my doctor was very supportive. I went to the seminar in June of 2016. I had my first appointment in August, and I had the surgery on December 16, 2016. It was the best decision I’ve ever made!!! I lost my first 50 lbs very fast and then I had a little set back. I was having severe pain in my right leg to the point where I couldn’t do anything but lay on my back!!! I found out I had a herniated disc and needed back surgery. But prior to that my doctor put me on a steroid medicine that caused weight gain. And I didn’t gain any weight because I couldn’t eat, but I stopped losing. So I had back surgery on June 5, 2017 and everything turned out great!! I began exercising and started losing again. I now weigh 175lbs. I am happy with how I look, I just want to lose ten more pounds to have some room to play with.

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