Debby Thompson


  • Wow! The past 10+ months have been a whirlwind for me! In 2012, I attended one of Dr. Rehnke’s seminars in June, had my one-on-one consultation with him in July, had my surgery October 12th, & six months later, I’m down 64#! I cannot remember the last time I felt this well … I can climb stairs without thinking I’ll die by the time I reach the top, I can get down on the floor to play with my grandsons AND get up without help, I can dance & not have to rest in between, my knees don’t hurt like they used to, my blood pressure is normal, I no longer have sleep apnea, I’m healthier, I’m eating correctly, my confidence level has increased tremendously, I’m walking straighter & with my head held high (instead of always looking at the ground because I was ashamed of my appearance, & I’m so much happier & easier to live with!
    I wish I would’ve had the surgery a long time ago, but I’m here now & it is truly THE BEST thing I’ve ever done for myself! I invested a lot of time & money in doing diet after diet after diet, only to fail each & every time. I also invested a lot of time in finding the right doctor for me. I spent several months talking with/asking questions of doctors, their staff, & former patients, & attending seminars, & I kept coming away thinking “I’m not comfortable with this.” Then I attended one of Dr. Rehnke’s seminars, & my life was forever changed! My questions, & my prayers, were answered. Everyone in his office has played a part in my weigh loss journey; & I felt totally comfortable with them & especially Dr. Rehnke. He’s my hero! He & his staff have taken me by the hand & guided me every step of the way … I felt safe with Dr. Rehnke. And I actually love getting on the scale at each visit!
    When I attended Dr. Rehnke’s seminar, & then met with his staff, I was unsure which procedure I actually wanted. They explained everything to me in detail, answering my questions completely, & then letting me decide which was right for me. I talked with my family, & then I chose to have the gastric lap band procedure. I had the procedure on Friday, & was back to work on Monday, 3 days later! I was a little bit sore, but never really had pain that I could not tolerate.
    I started my weight loss journey wearing size 18/20 slacks & size 2X/3X tops … I’m getting very close to my goal, & I am now in size 10 slacks & large tops.
    I have fought this weight battle for about 25 years … & I just kept getting bigger & bigger. I was a sugar addict, & borderline diabetic. I thought I’d never be able to give up sweets & diet soda, but it’s been 8 months since I’ve had either of them, & while I sometimes miss them, it’s no big deal anymore. I ate something sugary every day before I began my weight loss journey! My motto was “Feed me, I’m happy.” What a misnomer that was … I wasn’t happy; I was miserable. I used the excuse “I ENJOY food.” Now, when I go out to eat, it’s not about the food, it’s about being in a restaurant & enjoying my family & friends … I’m perfectly happy eating a few bites of steak or fish, & fresh steamed vegetables. I also eat off of a saucer or luncheon plate, so as not to overeat. I’m ok when others eat desserts and snacks around me; I don’t feel deprived. I always keep in mind that I MUST concentrate on “meat, eggs and cheese!” I fought hard to get to where I am today, & I don’t want to mess things up. It’s only now that I can actually say I was FAT … I was morbidly obese (I was appalled once when a doctor told me I was morbidly obese! WHAT did he know! I refused to see myself in that way.) I’ll be 60 in a couple of months, & a few years ago, I said I’d lose 60# by my 60th birthday … well, I’m sure I did lose 60# here & there, & gained back a lot more than that, but I’m here to say “Hello, 60! I’ve reached my goal!”