When Valery Moskovitz became infected with COVID-19, he was anxious to recover. Before he was hospitalized, he spent a month at home, having difficulty breathing.

After recovering, he examined his health and decided that he had to do something about it. Her high body mass index made her an obese person, she weighed 270 pounds. He had type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and a transient ischemic attack, sometimes called a mini-stroke. A nurse in the intensive care unit of New York’s Plainview Hospital feared she would not survive a second COVID-19 infection.

“I’m really at such a high risk,” a 52 – year – old man from Long Island told TODAY. “I may not be so lucky if I get COVID again … Something worse could happen next time.”

Valery Moskovitz has been struggling to lose weight since he was 30 years old. He had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and a stroke. She was worried that her poor health would lead to a second outbreak of COVID-19. Sincerely, Valery Moscow

Moskovitz was obese during her pregnancy and was struggling to lose it. During her second pregnancy, she developed gestational diabetes, and after giving birth, she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Over the years, she has been trying to lose weight. Sometimes he would lose 20 pounds, but he was gaining it all.

“It was a spiral effect,” he said. “It was yo-yo. I come from a fat family … I just did not know what to do. ”

While he spent many days on his feet, walking almost 20,000 times a day at work, it was not enough to improve his health. It did not help that on busy days he “inspired” his lunch to return to work. With the growth of COVID-19, work became more difficult և Moskovits could not take care of himself.

“It’s not like we only had two patients. “We had four patients, sometimes five patients, which was very critical,” he said. “They were taking some drugs that could save lives. They were on respirators. “They were just very fragile.”

Taking care of very sick patients meant that Valery Moskovitz often skipped dinner, went home, ate comfortable food to overcome his emotions. That’s why he weighed about 270 pounds. Sincerely, Valery Moscow

But being sick for a week really made him rethink his life.

“I had to have a gastric bypass surgery,” he said. “Because I do not want to go to the second channel without it.”

Moskovitz views surgery as a “tool” to promote his weight loss.

“This is a tool that helps me lose weight, because I could not do it alone,” he said.

In August, he underwent gastric bypass surgery, remained committed to eating healthier, and exercising more. He walks every day before or after work. He changed his eating habits to include more vegetables, fruits, and lean protein, such as chicken. He enjoys smaller portions.

“I do not eat until I am satisfied. “I eat until I’m full,” Moskovits said.

Valery Moskovitz lost 70 kilograms after undergoing gastric bypass surgery in August. She loves what she feels physically and emotionally. Lee Weissman / Sincerely, Norwell Health

He lost 70 kg after the operation, but does not take any medicine for diabetes. He is taking lower blood pressure medications and even thinks that sleep apnea has improved.

“I’m thankful I did not have to take the medication I was on,” he said. “It simply came to my notice then. That worried me. “

Whether he hopes to lose 50 pounds to reach his goal of 150 kilograms, he loves his appearance and his feelings.

“I’m just happy to be in a place where I can see things clearly, I can feel better on all levels … my mental health, my emotional health, my physical health,” he said.

Valery Moskovitz hopes that by making better food choices and exercising more, he sets a positive example for his children in healthy habits. Lee Weissman / Sincerely, Norwell Health

He has learned a lot about himself և how he used food in time to cope.

“I was a stress eater,” he said. “I definitely have a more honest attitude when eating, why do I eat?”

Muscovite shares tips on what helped her lose weight.

1. Find support.

Moskowitz works with four people, all of whom underwent weight loss surgery. Having someone who understands the process or can advise you on how to handle something has really helped you succeed.

“Our connection has become stronger as friends, partners, and now as people who have had this joint operation,” he said. “So they are my motivation, I’m happy about that.”

2. Choose for yourself.

Like many people, Moskovits was disappointed that he could not lose weight. But this time he dedicated himself to making changes.

“There is a choice,” he said. “I did not feel I could do anything about it. I just said, well, those are the cards I was given … But now I have a choice. ”

3. Be careful.

After a long day at work, he often went home from Moscow to eat a lot of carbs. They helped her to feel full: calmed her feelings. After the operation, he pays more attention to how he eats and moves.

Valery Moskovitz works at Plainview Hospital with several people who have also undergone gastric bypass surgery. The group supports each other in making health choices as they lose weight. Lee Weissman / Sincerely, Norwell Health

“I could not eat all day. At 4 o’clock, I said, ‘I need carbs.’ “I need carbs, I eat things I can’t do,” he said. “But now I do not do it anymore!”