North Texas Couple Share Their Weight Loss Journey – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
If you’re struggling with your weight loss resolutions, this story may be the inspiration you need.
An Arlington couple have lost hundreds of pounds together and for all the right reasons.
Their “before” photos show Kelli and Jason Taylor all smiles, but they say what you can’t see is the physical and mental pain caused by obesity.
“We got to a point where even waking up in the morning and getting out of bed was painful for us,” Kelli Taylor said.
“When you’re really overweight, the simple little things are really, really difficult and wear you out.”
Today, torque is a combined 250 pounds lighter.
They decided to undergo a life-changing transformation that began with a decision Jason made the day he was teaching his oldest son how to ride a bike.
“That’s when we first bought the bike from Connor and it had training wheels. I thought about that and was like, ‘you know, eventually he’ll want to take those wheels off. training and there is the race that goes with it. It was just kind of my focus from there,” Jason said.
With Kelli on board, the two underwent gastric bypass surgery three months apart at Methodist Mansfield.
After their recovery, they began the strict diet needed to successfully complete the weight loss surgery, but the key for them was to do it together.
“Having a family together, like husband, wife, doing it around the same time really helps each other. They kind of coach each other through everything,” the loss surgeon said. of weight, Dr. Andrew Standerwick of the Methodist Health System.
“We were able to encourage each other. We were able to change habits together and as a family,” Kelli said.
They are now two years into their new bodies, happy and healthy, and teaching healthy habits to their three children.
“Deciding to have surgery to help me lose weight went against everything I believed in growing up, becoming a man, because I had failed to do it myself,” said said Jason. “If I hadn’t wasted a lot of time with this fight, I think it would have been better for me in the end.”
“Don’t let these mental barriers get in the way. If you have trouble doing things with your kids, if you can’t have fun with your kids, if you can’t run around and teach them to ride a bike, do yourself to fix things, fix them and get this thing out of your head,” he added.
You can read more of their story here.