(When Sheri Fitzpatrick’s ‘before and after’ images on Dr. Adeyeri’s Facebook profile quickly earned 170 likes, we needed to learn more about this middle school science teacher’s weight loss success after gastric bypass. We spoke with Sheri after work, after a trip to the orthodontist’s office, and before dinner. Sound familiar?)
“I decided to have weight loss surgery because I was tired of trying all the diet and exercise programs and just gaining the weight back,” explains Sheri Fitzpatrick, married and the mother of two teenagers.
“I battled my weight since I was a teenager and I was ready to win the war.”
In August 2017, she had gastric bypass, performed by Dr. Ayotunde Adeyeri. Her sister-in-law works at Sterling Surgicare for Dr. Adeyeri and recommended him highly.
By January 2018, she had lost 93 pounds.
Ayotunde Adeyeri, MD, FASMBS, is a board-certified advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and general surgeon on staff at several central New Jersey hospitals. He also serves as medical director of the Institute for Weight Loss, Hackensack Meridian Health, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge.
In five months, her clothing size has dropped from a 22 pant / 26 shirt to size 16 pant / XL top.
“I have not shopped in the regular size department for nearly 25 years. It is surreal,” Sheri says.
SHERI PUBLICLY SHARES HER BARIATRIC JOURNEY
She didn’t keep her surgery a secret. In fact, she told everybody.
“I knew if I told people about it, I would be accountable and stay motivated,” the Mercer County resident explains.
“This may not be everyone’s decision, but I knew it would work for me.” She said telling people about her surgery also provided a sense of personal empowerment.
By the time school started in September, she had already lost 60 pounds, aided by a 20-pound weight loss before surgery.
“I thoroughly enjoyed watching everyone’s shocked faces when they saw me,” Sheri says with a smile.
“Make no mistake – those faces inspired me to keep going!”
Sheri credits her family’s support throughout the process and laughs when her son warned her ‘not to lose too much weight and get too skinny.’
A busy professional, wife and mother, she doesn’t have much time to exercise, but makes a point to speed walk during her lunch hour.
FIRSTHAND ADVICE FROM A BARIATRIC SUCCESS STORY
When asked for one piece of advice she would recommend to others, she said, “When in doubt—protein.” Sheri adds protein shakes to her daily nutrition plan and often has dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner.
“This morning I had chicken teriyaki for breakfast and it was delicious!”
She also recommends talking with other people who have had the surgery and connecting with bariatric groups in person and online.
“There is a very positive weight loss surgery community out there who is more than happy to support you. Find them and help each other.”
Sheri also recommends that you take time to carefully choose the right surgeon.
“You are going to be in partnership with your bariatric surgeon and his staff for a while, so make sure you are comfortable with them. I am so grateful my sister-in-law recommended Dr. Adeyeri. He is a highly-respected, compassionate, funny and inspiring doctor. I drive an hour each way to see him and it’s well worth it.”
THE BARIATRIC WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY:
FROM PRE-OP TO POST-OP AND BEYOND
Our Sterling Surgicare bariatric team will be along with you during your weight loss journey. We believe that the operation–gastric bypass, VSG, revision or duodenal switch– is only a small part of the lifestyle changes you will make over the course of the next six months, a year, and beyond.
We’ve created a customized flow chart (below) which outlines the steps you will go through as you regain control of your weight, and learn the tools needed to keep the weight off–forever.
Have questions? Call us at (732) 217-3897 and speak to our friendly and respectful team of bariatric experts.