Before And After | Revisiting A Nightmare & Thankful For An Awakening

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Everyone deserves a second chance to “get it right.” I was blessed to have had the opportunity to take advantage of “another shot” at good health. 


Most of you know I had weight loss surgery on July 3, 2013, and my journey has been swift, disciplined and totally focused.



When I signed up for that weight loss program, the hospital was just at the very beginning of creating the program. They were still writing the program, and I was ready to run down the hallway to look for an empty gurney. I was motivated.


From start to finish, the time span was 6 months to get into surgery. I was examined from head to toe, not only physically but psychologically, too. I’m sure they get many applicants who are rejected because they are there for the wrong reason.



There are two surgeries, Gastric By-Pass and The Vertical Sleeve, from which to choose, and I selected the Vertical Sleeve. Approximately 60% of my stomach was removed. At 4 ounces of food, I’m full, but muscles DO stretch. I’ve kept mine to a small capacity. I have no restrictions on what to eat. It’s my decision, and good decisions are required to maintain good health.

It was 2 years from surgery for me to lose all of my extra weight plus more. I was a walking skeleton at 123 pounds, and that was part of my plan. I did not want fat under my skin when I began my strength training. As a result, I have good definition. When one adds lean muscle, the scale goes up!!  I took that into consideration, and that’s the reason I was 20 pounds underweight.  I had 18% body fat. Now, I’m at the ideal weight and BMI. Not many bones show at 140 to 142 pounds. That’s a big difference from 310 and climbing.

The way one “works out in the kitchen” is more important than “how one works out in the gym.”  I stopped eating grain over 6 years ago; my fat intake is very low, and they are good fats; low carbs and those are veggies (rarely those that grow underground!!) I eat one apple a day, and it’s a Honey Crisp. Eating is not important to me.

My calorie intake ranges between 1,200 and 1,500/ day. The older we get, the more difficult it is to maintain our good health. One’s metabolism slows, unless you work at it every day, and I do. I’m too frightened not to. It’s just too easy to gain weight, even after surgery!


I was patient #4 at our local hospital, and I’ve seen the majority of post-op people regain their weight. There are some who have reached their goal and maintain it. There’s nothing more depressing than to see someone gain all of their weigh back plus more.  It takes discipline, and one “MUST” be motivated to say “NO” to certain foods and drinks.


When I’m out, I have ice water with a wedge of lemon and lime. No one knows what I’m drinking. When I order, and I won’t go to fast food places, the chef is always accommodating. I will ask for 3 ounces of boiled white meat chicken breast on one leaf of Romaine. I explain that presentation is not important to me. The three ounces leaves me comfortable!

Weight Loss surgery reprograms you. After surgery, you must have nothing for a week other than protein shakes and you gradually add soft food and then whatever you want to eat.



You have been reprogrammed, and if you do not maintain that regiment of eating, you will gain weight. I was easy to reprogram!!  Just follow instructions.



By the way, Medicare paid for every penny. Some insurance companies were not as easy, and a few declined to pay. It’s unbelievable. All medications are gone; all bloodwork is perfect; and that’s saving the insurance company a “bundle” now and will in the future.


I’m thankful every day for this Weight Loss Program. For one night in the hospital and back to work after a long weekend, it was not difficult for me. I was one of the lucky ones. I think about that every day, and I’ll always be grateful for my good health.


This is blog post #2 for Debe Maxwell’s November Challenge

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Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

WOW! What an impressive accomplishment. Congratulations on your weight loss and subsequent strengthening. You are truly an example of courage and determination. Happy life to you!

Nov 12, 2019 08:21 PM #27
Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

BTW - Your discipline boggles the mind!

Nov 12, 2019 08:21 PM #28
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I only know one person here who had the surgery. That was several years ago. Like you, she had to lose weight before surgery, but once it was over, she turned right around and gained it back. The last time I saw her she was bigger than ever.

There is NO magic bullet - you have to have the determination and dedication.

You are indeed an inspiration...

Nov 12, 2019 08:38 PM #29
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Coming out on the other side of it can feel like such a miracle with any adversity like this, in my experience. Blessing and love and light!

Nov 12, 2019 09:13 PM #30
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Marte Cliff I trust that he’s a pretty strong guy and will get through this pretty well! May he be blessed!

Nov 12, 2019 09:15 PM #31
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Thank you for again sharing your story. The message behind it is discipline. That's the real key.

Nov 12, 2019 10:43 PM #32
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

It is absolutely life changing...been there ...a little differently surgery is "one size fits all": and bariatric specialists are the best people to help decide what is appropriate....good job...but of course.

Nov 13, 2019 03:41 AM #33
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

You have every right to be proud of yourself - so disciplined! Congratulations on your health

Nov 13, 2019 04:37 AM #34
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434 - Silver Spring, MD
Top Producing / Full Service REALTOR in Marylan

Barbara Todaro, thank you for sharing this very person journey of weight loss and reclaiming a healthy lifestyle. From what I've seen, you apply that same discipline to your real estate efforts and that too seems to be working for you!

Nov 13, 2019 04:49 AM #35
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

You look amazing and continously inspire myself and others

Nov 13, 2019 04:50 AM #36
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

I remember when you did this. I was amazed and inspired. I was just beginning my recovery from a heart attack, and becoming vegetarian. It will be 7 years since that day in 2012 when I died twice on the ER table. Not one bite of meat since then.I think if I ate one cheeseburger I'd probably get sick. Congrats on the journey. 

Nov 13, 2019 06:54 AM #37
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

It is all about choices, isn't it. You are an amazing example of determination and the fact that people can reach their goals if they choose to. You are amazing! 

Thank you for sharing. It is such an inspiration! 

And where did the time go? Time is going by way too fast:(. 


Nov 13, 2019 07:06 AM #38
Jennifer Parrish
Ocean Realty - Merritt Island, FL
Closing Business

Congrats and what an incredible journey!

Nov 13, 2019 08:52 AM #39
Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Like a butterfly, you have emerged into a new version of YOU! So proud of you and thank you for sharing your journey with us.

Nov 13, 2019 10:05 AM #40
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

You are an inspiration - for this and for so many reasons! 

Nov 13, 2019 10:15 AM #41
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Barbara, WOW what an incredible journey you have had. You truly look fantastic. I need your determination and will power. I want to lose 20 pounds and I know I can do this...thanks for the inspiration.

Nov 13, 2019 10:56 AM #42
Ben Ganje + Partners
Lakes Sotheby's International Realty - Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis Market Leader

Great testimony to consistency!!!!

Nov 13, 2019 12:20 PM #43
Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • South East Florida • Real Estate Brokers - Miami Beach, FL
Waterway Realtors, Notary Public 786-229-7999

An incredible journey - Thanks for sharing that.

Nov 13, 2019 12:47 PM #44
Foster Smith Summerville
Carolina One Real Estate - Summerville, SC
Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor

Thank you for sharing a piece of your story. Congratulations on your hard work and discipline. Good health is one of the best gifts we can receive and keep working to maintain.

Nov 14, 2019 04:49 AM #45
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay

This is truly inspiring! Congratulations to good health and continue to living healthy Barbara! 

Nov 15, 2019 01:23 PM #46
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