Watch Lotta discuss her success with the AspireAssist.*
Initial Weight/BMI: 312 lbs (141 kgs), BMI 49
Lotta lives in the south of Sweden. She works as an assistant to a disabled woman, helping with everyday tasks in her home. In her spare time, she sings in a choir. There is a lot of music in her life, as her parents, brother and sister are all musicians!
I was always skinny growing up, but started putting on weight after I got married and had trouble getting pregnant. I was a comfort-eater, and ate to deal with my disappointment. Eventually, I did have a son, but the pounds kept piling on each year from the bad habits I had developed. Although I’ve managed to lose weight temporarily with diets, it always came back on eventually. I knew I had to make a change when I got diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes – my sugar levels had skyrocketed – and I got placed on medications. I felt sick physically and psychologically. No one wants to be as heavy as I was! I found out about Aspire through a friend – I figured, this was my chance! Nothing else worked for me, and my aunt, who is a doctor, warned me about the dangers of a gastric bypass or other surgeries.
My A-Tube was placed in July 2012, and I weighed 312 pounds (141 kgs) at the time. The procedure itself was quick and easy – I don’t remember anything. It took me a little while to recover from the procedure, but after I started aspirating, I thought the system was very easy to use. I was very careful to follow all the guidance from my medical team on how to use the device, chew a lot, drink water, and the weight started to come off immediately. For me, the key is to make sure I use it after every meal, and make sure I empty as much as I can, every time.
I’ve lost 140 pounds (64 kgs) so far and I feel fantastic – so much more energy, less pain, it’s amazing! I’ve been able to stop taking all my medications, and have started doing yoga to build up my muscle strength. I can even walk into a regular store in town and fit into the clothes – I used to have to go online to find special sizes. Now that I’ve lost the weight, I’m starting to focus more on making positive changes to my eating habits. This is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I feel like a whole new person – Aspire gave me a new life!