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“I tried every diet under the sun … but nothing worked.”

~Amie Brewer

Close up of Amie smiling as she pats her horse.

Losing 130 Pounds Leads to New Outlook on Life

Amie had always been an athletic kid, she loved to run and compete in cross country – weight wasn’t an issue. As an adult, she competes in dressage with her horse King and enjoys sporting activities with her family. But, despite her mental drive to be physically active, she struggled to keep up and her weight continued to climb.

“I’d tried every diet under the sun – eating 1,000 calories a day – coupled with daily workouts but nothing worked,” said Brewer.

The final straw for Brewer was the day she went to exercise King and had a misstep on the mounting block, resulting in a ruptured ACL. Her weight had increased so much, she could no longer enjoy this physical aspect of her life and knew a change was needed. 

After researching weight loss surgery options, immersing herself in information, joining a support group on Facebook and connecting with a therapist, Brewer reached out to Samaritan Health Services.

“I’ve lost nearly the size of an adult human.”

~Amie Brewer

Amie smiling as she sits on the tailgate of her truck.

“I met with Dr. Yarborough, a bariatric surgeon at Samaritan Weight Management Institute,” said Brewer.  “It was recommended a vertical sleeve gastrectomy would be my best option. This meant they’d reduce the size of my stomach, so I’d feel fuller quicker, even with smaller amounts of food.”

The weeks immediately after Brewer’s weight loss surgery were incredibly tough. It required her to be mentally and emotionally strong, and to rely on her support system. Food reintroduction was the most difficult, but Brewer is back to eating normally and staying the course of the program. 

“Make this choice for you and only you.”

~Amie Brewer

A smiling Amie leading her horse up a gravel lane.

“I’ve lost nearly the size of an adult human,” joked Brewer. Having dropped 130 pounds since having her procedure in April 2018. 

Brewer has established a healthy balance with food and exercise and positive approach for channeling stress. Instead of binge eating or consuming the wrong types of food, she takes walks, engages with her horses or does something physically active with her family.

Brewer shared this advice for anyone considering weight loss surgery. “It’s critical to understand your coping mechanism for stress and your relationship with food – until that’s sorted out, surgery won’t do a lick of good. Make this choice for you, and only you. And lastly, listen to your medical care team – even the minor stuff, because it does matter.”

Do You Know Your BMI?

A Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation can help determine if you are overweight and likely to have health risks. It takes into account your weight and height and is just one measure of your health.

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If you are considering weight-loss surgery, in general, those with a BMI greater than 40, or greater than 35 with significant weight-related health problems, are the best candidates for surgery.

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