I met my husband 10 years ago and before I met him I was just a normal 22-year-old weighing 61 kilos. When I met him and started dating, our relationship advanced progressively but I felt I was not ready for a child yet until we had a solid plan of getting married and then having children.
I decided to get birth control and instead of getting pills and injections, I opted for an implant which was placed inside my left arm. What the implant does is that it releases progesterone, which prevents you from releasing an egg every month so that you are not able to get pregnant. I went to a gynecologist and got the implant.
6 months later I noticed that I had added a lot of weight and I am not really sure if the implant contributed to the weight gain but I added 12 kilos, moving from from weighing 61 kilos to 73 kilos. But at the time I remember being very stressed as I was forming a new blended family which included learning the children, getting to know them and understanding my role as a stepmother and wife.
I found myself also over eating when I was stressed and slowly the 73 kilos moved to 75, to 85 and one day I woke up and I was 94 Kilos. So I joined a gym and hired a nutritionist. I really worked in my attempt to loose the weight for about 7 months because at the time I also wanted to get a baby.
I was able to move from 94 kilos to 83 kilos and also conceived but after but after delivering I went back to being 96 kilos which was even worse than before. I got my child in 2012 and in 2014 I was diagnosed with Hiatal Hernia which is a condition in which part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm into your chest cavity. The diaphragm is a sheet of muscle that helps you breathe by contracting and drawing into the lungs. The hernia made me cough a lot and I also had to sleep facing upwards because facing down would make me choke. I went to the hospital many times before the doctors figured out what it was. They gave me inhalers, asthma drugs and eventually I went to Dr. Muhindi who recommended that I go see a G.I doctor (Gastroenterologist)
The doctor did a gastroscopy whereby he put an equipment down my throat to see what was happening and that’s when I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I remember eating and all my food would come up. At night I would sleep facing up because when the food came up I would choke. It was such a hard time. When my husband and I went to see the doctor who would administer my surgery in Kenya, I asked him what causes hernias. He said some of the causes of hernias are obesity and at that moment I decided I wanted to fix the weight gain once and for all by finding a permanent solution.
My husband and I did our research and we decided to have the surgery in India. We planned everything and travelled.
I had been researching on bariatric surgery which is surgery that helps patients who are overweight loose weight. I had settled for a gastric sleeve which is a surgery that reduces your stomach by 50% and the 50% that remains resembles a sleeve. When you have a gastric sleeve you cannot overeat. You only eat small amounts of food many times.
So when I went to India we found a very good bariatric surgeon from the UK who had just come to India on a visit. I told him why I wanted to do the gastric sleeve surgery and he told me that the gastric sleeve was not very famous. By that time, it was only 5 years old in the bariatric surgery market. He advised me to do a mini gastric bypass instead.
He would do both surgeries together. He would fix the hernia and also do the mini gastric bypass. A mini gastric bypass is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure. This means that the procedure reduces your stomach, restricting the amount you can eat. It also reduces absorption of food by bypassing up to 6 inches of the intestines.
I decided to go with the mini gastric bypass which takes a shorter time to administer than a full gastric bypass.
A mini gastric bypass takes 50 minutes, is technically easier to carry out and there’s less re-routing of the intestines but the results are quite the same.
I had the surgery and it was successful. I was able to fix the hernia as I did the mini gastric bypass.
After the surgery I was not allowed to eat solid food for 14 days. You only eat soups, liquids and jellies. I stayed in India for a while during this time.
By the time I came back home, because of not eating solid food for those two weeks, I had lost 9 kilos and that gave me the motivation to continue the journey. It was very hard for me not to eat food because I am a foodie.
But that was the beginning of my weight loss journey. The success is very dependent upon following a strict regime in terms of watching your portions and exercising to avoid loose skin.
I watch what I eat, I control my portions and I eat everything and anything just in small amounts. I also don’t take soda and sugary things because my body does not absorb sugar very well.
I have been able to maintain the weight at 36 kilos less and my success is as a result of being really strict with my diet, exercising and watching what I eat.
It is great that now you can go through weight loss surgery in Kenya and there is no need to go to India anymore. If you are also struggling with your weight, visit Nairobi Bariatric Center. They can help you start the journey I also went through!
Till the next one,
Love and light.