Our patient spotlight is for motivation. It is for inspiration. But mostly, it is for you. It is for you to look at where you are (or where you were) and know that there is a family here to support you. It doesn’t matter if you are 5 years postop from a gastric sleeve surgery, have started our program recently, or just contemplating a change for your health— we are here to support you. Ariel is no different. She has had amazing success throughout her years with WeightWise in Edmond. And it is amazing to see her lifelong connection with Dr. Walton. Thank you, Ariel, for sharing your story! 

What was/is your motivation to lose weight and have you reached any goals?

I was so tired of being uncomfortable in my own body. I wanted to be able to play sports and have the energy that I SHOULD have had in my 20’s. Honestly, stepping on the scale every morning for about 6 months straight and watching the weight fall off was enough to blow my mind!

Looking back, what advice would you give yourself the day of your surgery?

BREATHE, you’re going to be a whole new you in a short period of time, you will be wearing and doing things you were never able to do.

What is the one thing you do everyday to ensure your long term success?

Everyday to make sure I am on track. I do Myfitnesspal app on my phone. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a life saver! I do it religiously and stick to my protein, water drinking, calorie intake, and exercise goals daily.

Why did you choose WeightWise?

Dr. Walton will always be looked at as a hero in my life. When I was 8 years old, my dad had skin cancer. I had never seen my dad cry– until the day he was going into surgery to get rid of the cancer. I remember clinging to his bed side and telling him I wouldn’t leave his side. Dr. Walton, knowing I had a softball game to play that day.. leaned down to my level, and whispered “go to your softball game and win it! When you get back, I’ll have your daddy all fixed up!” He most definitely stuck to his word. Not only, did this gain my trust in him, but his success rate is phenomenal.

This is a lifetime change, be strong, you can do it! Stay positive, every time you look in the mirror or hit a plateau don’t get frustrated. Always look at where you WERE! It takes time, you’ll get there! 

If you would like to share your story in our patient spotlight, please email lauren.a@weightwise.com

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