Life Transformation Blog

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I began this Life Transformation Blog to explain the full extent if what to expect if you decide to change your life by having a gastric bypass surgery.  There are many surgeries available to assist in weight loss.  However I can not stress enough that the surgery is only one of the tools needed to be successful.

My surgery was on October 28, 2011, I lost the weight and have kept it off for 4 years and counting.

If your one of the many people I have talked to and want to learn about my surgery and why I feel it is the best option, here are some quick links to read.

You also have to do all of the following:

  1. Follow the program to the letter
  2. Take your vitamins daily for the rest of your life
  3. Protein, Protein, Protein
  4. Move, get out and move as much as you can as often as you can.
  5. Give up carbonation forever, carbonated beverages are your enemy.
  6. Get a support system, friends, family and online support groups

I am here to give advice or talk to you if you decide to make this life changing event.  You can connect with me on Facebook, or email me.

University of Chicago Article

uch_042842-1My story now appears on the University of Chicago website.

Bariatric Patient Loses 300lbs, Gains Years and Quality of Life

In 2010, Ron Garrison, of South Haven, Ind., reached his peak weight of nearly 500 pounds – and not for lack of trying to slim down. For nearly two decades the military veteran had tried the gamut of weight loss approaches, from medically-supervised diets and exercise plans to online schemes promising dramatic results. Nothing worked; he continued to gain weight and, with it, health complications.

With a body mass index of nearly 67, Garrison suffered from type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and more. The former firefighter got to the point he could no longer fit into the gear and had to give up his job. When he joined the Masonic Lodge and saw a photo of himself in a tuxedo, he realized the gravity of his situation for the first time. That same year, despite taking nearly 12 medications to keep his health under control, Garrison was given a startling prognosis – only three years left to live. The father of one decided it was time to consider bariatric surgery. Continue reading

Florida Trip

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These are pictures from our Florida Trip.  I hadn’t been to Disney since I was 13 and it was Latisha’s first time ever.

We visited the Shriners International Public Relations Convention in Tamp Florida, Clear Water Beach, Downtown Disney, Disney Animal Kingdom, Disney Studious, Disney Epcot Center,and the Magic Kingdom.

We spent time with our good friends the Kirk’s while on the Florida Trip.  They gave us the behind the scenes looks at Disney from people who live there and go almost daily.  It was a fantastic trip and we decided to go back in October of 2015 and get married at Disney.

The trip was made all the more special by being able to experience Disney with my soulmate, seeing her experience Disney for the very first time was so very special.  The last time I visited Disney they had not even broken ground on Epcot center.

York Rite Freemason

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I joined the York Rite in LaPorte on February 23, 2015

On Thursday April 23, 2015 LaPorte Council #32, Royal and Select Masters conferred the Royal Master and Select Master degrees on seven Companions from Elbert.H. Gary #103, Valparaiso # 86 and LaPorte #32.

Congratulations to our newest Royal and Select Masters!

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