At a size 28 and weighing 350 pounds, Ida Nemzin of Farmington Hills was diagnosed as morbidly obese. Her health was in jeopardy, and she was being treated for hypertension, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, acid reflux, diabetes, poor blood circulation and depression. Something had to be done.
It was after hearing that her mother needed a second leg amputation surgery, as a result of obesity and diabetes, that Ida got the motivation she needed to make a change in her life.
“I was finally prepared to talk to a doctor about my weight and discuss bariatric surgery options. It’s something I was thinking about for a while, and I knew if I didn’t do something now, I may eventually have the same battle to fight,” she says. “I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life and was ready to make a commitment.”
Ida remembers struggling with her weight since she was a child. She recalls classmates teasing her, avoiding gym classes and not participating in extracurricular school activities, because of how she felt about her weight.
"If it wasn’t bad enough to be overweight, I had to shop in the ‘chubby department’ at the clothing stores,” she recalls. “Shopping was never very enjoyable to me. And as an adult, it was even more frustrating, because store clerks were often rude and would not offer their assistance; top designers were not making clothing to fit women of my size; and options were always very limited,” she explains.
After hearing about her mother and now learning that her sister also scheduled bariatric surgery, Ida scheduled an appointment at the Beaumont Weight Control Center in Royal Oak.
|Ida Nemzin, 57, exercises at a local gym.|
She soon realized that bariatric surgery was not going to be a quick fix option to lose weight. She learned that she would need to make lifestyle changes including exercising, eating nutritious meals and getting the mental support she would need throughout the weight-loss process.
“I didn’t consider bariatric surgery as an easy way out. This is what I needed to do to save my life,” she says.
Just four weeks following her bariatric procedure, Ida was fully recovered and was excited to start exercising and living her new life. At her first opportunity, she headed to the gym and returned back to her busy job as an event planner. About one-year later, Ida was more than 200 pounds lighter.
Nearly six years later, Ida, 57, has kept the weight off and is happy to see her scale at 130 pounds. While the surgery had a big part with the weight loss, she says there is a continued effort on her end too.
“I’m reading labels and understanding what type of food I am putting in my body. I used to inhale my meals, but now I put the fork down and think about the food as I am chewing,” she says. “Rather than eating large portions and snacking on junk, I plan meals carefully. I eat small portions of food every three hours and make sure to always have fresh cut vegetables and fruit available to snack on,” she says.
Thanks to the surgery and her commitment to her health, Ida, who was once on ten different prescriptions, no longer needs to take any medications and says her blood tests continue to come back as normal.
“Exercise is the only prescription my doctor tells me I need,” she says.
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