Kelley shares her story on how she was able to manage her weight.
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Kelley shares her weight management story. Kelley Howard: I’m Kelley, I’m 44 years old. I want to tell my story because I’m hoping that other women can learn from some of the major mistakes I made when I first got a lap-band, a little over six years ago. I weighed 260 pounds, had the typical dieting story, have done every single diet. First, I started WeightWatchers when I was eight years old and went up and down my whole life, and finally decided that the definition of insanity was to continue doing the same thing and expecting different results. So when I was looking at the people who successfully kept their weight off, everything I looked up on the internet was about two percent, so I figured I wasn’t lucky enough to be in that two percent. So I went out and I got lap-band, and lap-band was really the solution for me because gastric bypassed, the other surgery they was weight too drastic. So I went out and got the lap-band. Research wasn’t able to get it paid by insurance. So I researched doctors, and there happened to be the doctor in Tijuana who had done over 3,000 surgeries at the time that was actually one of the top. And I went online and also researched a lot of feedback that people were saying about him and it was all good, so I went, “Oh my gosh” I said six years ago I think it’s really more five years ago, and had the lap-band put in. I lost about 100 pounds, but unfortunately in that process it was very difficult. I think initially when I had the first fill put in my band, I think I’m maybe was over filled a little bit. The doctor who was actually down in Tijuana you have to travel to, so if you’re having problems you literally you had to get in the car and go drive there. So in hind site I actually probably put off going and seeing when I was having problems, but I was a little overfilled that first time. So what resulted in the next couple of years was a lot of problems with feeding which is throwing up, and there were days literally where I was throwing up four and five times a day. I couldn’t keep anything down. What should have done in the hind site is got in the car or got on the plane and flew back to the doctor. But because of the distance and not really being sure if this was right, and the other thing is when you start to throw up a lot like that, there starts to be psychological thing that comes into play where you thinking, if I’m throwing up a lot I must be losing a lot of weight fast. In hind site that’s really not true. Your body goes into survival mode and that doesn’t happen So about three years into it I’ve lost my weight but I was throwing up so much. I was having tremendous complications where I was having a lot of reflex coming out. I was taking roulades everywhere. I knew I was in trouble because I had roulades by my bed, roulades in my purse, roulades next to my desk. I would be in a luncheon of business luncheon, I had to get up and literally run into the bathroom. And it got to where I really got to a point where I could think of any more excuses as to why I was getting up and running having to throw up. It got so bad at night, I would even have where it’s going to sound disgusting, but where I started to have back up and literally fluid would start to back up, and I always would choke and have to run to the bathroom at night. So what had happened was my esophagus over peeving and throwing up all that time got extremely irritated. I went back to him a couple of times throughout that three years but I ended having the band removed. They removed it I had it out for about a year and the weight started to creep up once again I went back to the old tactics, WeightWatchers but by that time I was exercising very regularly. In July of this year I went back and I’ve got a second band put in by the same doctor. It was probably one of the most scariest things I’ve ever done to go back and do this one more time, but it took a lot of reflection. I did a lot more research. I also had many more meetin