"How Xyngular® helped after my weight loss surgery"
As a teenager, I was always a little bit heavier than my friends, always wearing a size or two larger. This didn’t bother me much. However, after the birth of my first child in 1997, I really struggled with my weight. I had gained over 35 pounds during my pregnancy and was at 189 pounds when my son was born. I tried Weight Watchers, Atkins and a low fat diet. I even took Phen-fen for a short period of time. But the stresses of being a mother and wife at the young age of 16 took its toll.
When I became pregnant with my second child in 2001, my weight had ballooned to 225 pounds. During my pregnancy, I actually lost weight, not intentionally but because I had morning sickness all day, every day. The day I delivered my second son, I weighed 12 pounds less than when I got pregnant. However, after he was born, my weight began to creep back up. I continued to yo-yo diet, losing 10-15 pounds with each diet I did, but I was never able to make any of these diets become a true life style change, and I would gain back what I had lost and then some each time. In 2009 my husband and my best friend both underwent weight loss surgery, even though I had voiced my strong opinion against it.
In January of 2010, just one month after my husband had his lap-band surgery, I gave birth to our third son. He was born 6 weeks early and because he was a preemie, I did not want to take him anywhere he could be exposed to germs, especially the daycare at the YMCA. Therefore, I did not lose any of the weight that I gained during the pregnancy, despite my healthy diet.
I began suffering from depression and was put on Lexapro to help me cope with the depression. The Lexapro, although it did help with my depression, made me gain weight and made me have no sex drive. I was miserable and unable to do much about it.
In March of 2011, I decided it was time to look into weight loss surgery for myself. I had hit an all-time high of 252 pounds and my hemoglobin A1C was 5.9, which is considered pre-diabetic. My BMI was 46.1 or morbidly obese.
Other than the diabetes, I did not have any other medical issues. But I have a strong family history of diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease and mental health problems, which all meant it was only a matter of time before I would start developing other problems. My husband had successfully lost over 130 pounds and had no complications from the surgery. I went in and talked with the surgeon and began the pre-op testing. I had an EGD to look at the inside of my stomach and found that I had severe ulcers in the larger part of my stomach. Because of this, I was not able to have the lap-band surgery, but the surgeon suggested a Vertical Gastric Sleeve or VSG. VSG is basically the removal of 85% of your stomach, creating a sleeve instead of a large pouch. The rest of your digestive tract is intact. I decide this was the route I wanted to go and waited for insurance approval.
When I began with Xyngular® in May of 2011, I did it solely for the purpose of gaining more energy. As a nurse working nights, and as a mother raising three boys between the ages of 14 and 1, I was always tired. Working at night and being tired, I would eat to stay awake, which never worked because I always made bad food choices at 4 am. My coworker, Denise, offered me a sample of XYNG™ one night after I asked her how she had SO much energy. After going through my entire shift alert and awake, I was hooked!
My husband ordered me a box of XYNG and I began taking it daily. My housework was done, my laundry folded and put away, and I still had energy to play with my kids. I felt so good, I was able to, with the approval of my doctor, stop taking my antidepressant, which made me feel so much better. I felt human again!
I found out the end of May that I was approved by insurance for my weight loss surgery, and had to make a decision quickly because my surgeon was moving away. Needless to say, I knew if I didn’t have the surgery, I would regret it later. I had to stop taking my XYNG three weeks prior to surgery, and could tell immediately a difference in my energy levels. I was also on a liquid diet including meal replacement protein shakes for those three weeks, and did not have any energy! I lost 13 pounds in those three weeks prior to my surgery, and had my surgery on June 30th, 2011.
After my surgery, I had no energy, and I had developed pneumonia. Within a month, I had lost another 12 pounds, but was so sick from the pneumonia; I could hardly get out of bed. My weight loss came to a halt, and I did not lose one pound for 4 weeks.
I decided it was time to start adding Xyngular products back into my life. I started with the Super Fruit Global Blend™ and the XypSticks™, which, in addition to the antibiotics prescribed by my physician, helped me recover from the pneumonia. As soon as I was cleared to start solid foods again, I began taking my XYNG™ and Accelerate again. My energy levels went through the roof, and my weight loss began again. I was able to function again and recover from my surgery. Slowly, but surely, I lost about one-to-two pounds a week.
The second week in August, my husband developed a complication with his lap-band and had to have all of the fluid removed from his lap-band due to the band slipping down on his stomach. Without the restriction, he began gaining weight back that he had already lost. By the beginning of October, he had gained back 30 pounds and my weight loss was again at another stall. No matter what I did, the scale wouldn’t budge. We decided to bite the bullet and try an 8-day IGNITE™ challenge! During those 8 days, he lost 12 pounds and four inches from his waist, and I lost eight pounds and four inches from my waist! This is when I decided I needed to continue to use all of the products. My weight loss was steady, and I felt so much better!
Since starting Xyngular, I have lost 80 pounds, and over 55 inches, including 14 inches from my waist, and over 12 inches from both my hips and my bust! My lab work for follow up on my gastrectomy, which I have checked every 3 months, has all been stellar! My BMI is now 31.3, almost out of the obese category! I have rediscovered a love for exercise and even joined a local gym. I have begun working out with a personal trainer! My husband was sent out of town on October 31, 2011 for work, and was gone four months. He would come home every three to four weeks and just be in awe at how much weight I had lost.
Our marriage and sex life even saw a boost! We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary in California, and I even lost weight while there on vacation! I do not think that I would have survived him being gone so long without Xyngular. My energy levels would not have been as high as they are, and my stress levels probably would have sent me to the looney bin! I would not have been able to take care of myself, plus a 15-year-old and 10-year-old (who are very involved in sports), plus a two-year-old who has a ton of energy! I am able to get down on the floor and play with him even after a full night at work or after working out at the gym. We take walks as a family now and go to the playground. I am able to slide down the slide with my baby so he doesn’t get scared. Before Xyngular, I would not have even fit on the slide.
Even though I had weight loss surgery, it was just a tool. Because I have a normally functioning stomach, I can eat anything I want. I do not suffer from dumping syndrome like most gastric bypass patients do, nor do I experience feeling stuck like some lap-band patients do.
I know that if I ate slow or ate frequently and ate high calorie, high carb foods, I would not lose weight. Xyngular has been a tool to help me follow the diet plan my surgeon and my nutritionist set for me prior to my surgery. I do not regret having my surgery. My only regret is that I didn’t give Xyngular a chance to see if I could lose the weight without surgery.
I have also been blessed to be able to share Xyngular with the people most important to me. My best friend, who also had lap-band surgery, has lost more by taking Xyngular and incorporating the eating plan into her life, than she did with the lap-band. She has told me numerous times that the eating plan just makes sense, like no carbs after 2 pm. Both of her sisters have hit their goal weights using Xyngular, and are now in maintenance.
My mother, my biggest skeptic, had listened to me rave about these products for nine months before she finally gave in. She has been morbidly obese as long as I can remember, is a type-two diabetic, and had to go on disability due to severe osteoarthritis in her hip. The head of her femur, or thigh bone, is basically gone, and she needs to have a hip replacement. However, her doctors won’t do this until she has lost a LOT of weight and is in a healthier state. Since starting Xyngular just a little over a month ago, she has lost over 15 pounds and has been able to stop one of the three medications she takes for her diabetes. She has also cut the dose of one of the others in half. She is still experiencing low blood sugar levels, so she is going to see her doctor this week about stopping all of her diabetes medications! She has been going on and on about how good she feels, how much energy she has, and how she has to remind herself to eat, all thanks to Xyngular.
Thank you for helping me become a healthier, happier mother, wife and person, and for helping those I love do the same! Xyngular has been a God-sent blessing in my life, for both myself and my family!