“379” was displayed on the scale.

“I cried when I saw that number,” said Debbie Raard, of North Apollo, who was in the hospital for back surgery in February 2018. “I thought to myself. I was so big that the nurses had a hard time finding a vein in my arm in IV, so they had to put it around my neck. ”

This situation became a life-changing moment for Ge Yeard.

He said that made him move.

“When I saw that number (on the scale), my husband said, ‘You look sick.’ Are you worried about surgery? ” “It was me, but I was more worried about the number,” he said.

He turned that anxiety into 173 kilograms of lost weight.

Make a change

After a few calls, her primary care physician referred her to the Allegheny Health Network Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. Ra Yardi said that AHN plans to launch a travel campaign.

“AHN Bariatrics is so supportive,” he said. “They educate you about your options. It was not an easy road, but it was worth it. I hope people reading my story will be inspired to take control of their health and make time for themselves. It’s normal to ask for help with weight loss և it’s never too late to change your life. ”

Ra Yardin underwent gastric bypass surgery on August 15, 2018.

The operation involves reducing the size of her stomach, splitting the small intestine, and attaching the end of the small intestine to the newly formed small stomach pouch, according to AHN.

“I was about to turn 40. This was my gift to me,” said the mother of her son, 14-year-old Anthony’s daughter, Sofia.

Weight loss surgery, combined with regular exercise, leaner protein, and a low-carb diet, can help your baby do things he or she could never do before. He walks 2 miles a day, “ellipses three times a week” for 45 minutes.

Sincerely, Debbie Yard

Debbie Raard (left) of North Apollo with her son, 14-year-old Anthony, 11-year-old daughter, Sophia, and husband, Chris.

Role model:

Ra yard is an exemplary example of how not to be overweight.

Eid said that there are misconceptions about being overweight. He said the number of obese people had doubled in the last two years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2019, 33.2% of Pennsylvania adults rated themselves as obese.

With medical advances, surgery is safer. It requires small incisions. Many patients go home the next day. “He may have side effects, but being overweight can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes,” he said.

Participation in the competition

Losing weight helped him gain confidence, so much so that when friends offered him a chance to compete, he went for it. Her last contest was in June in Georgia, once called Ms. Reigning America: It is now called the National United International Elite.

He said he loved messages of equality, empowerment and compassion.

In his competitive interview, he said he would choose compassion first, as “society is too busy arguing about our differences and not listening to each other.”

She won the “Mrs. Supermodel” and “Mrs. Top Model” categories in the category of 25 բարձր older, out of 17 competitors. His prize package included a $ 5,000 cruise to the Bahamas.

He said that he especially enjoys the volunteer side, which is combined with the mission of winning the competition. She is involved with organizations such as Lasagna Love, The Knead Community Café, Play It Forward Pittsburgh և Read Across America.

He said that the most important thing is to stay positive.

“I try to stifle the negative,” he said. “It requires willpower. It is a lifelong commitment. I can refuse ice cream, հետ everything is fine with me. I look back at all those old photos and realize that every day is a gift. ”

One of the most memorable moments of her weight loss journey was when her son hugged her.

“My arms can reach you when I hug you,” he told his son. “It simply came to our notice then. “Yes, there were tears that reminded me of my health, the strength of my family, others never wanting to see the number 379 on the scales.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, jharrop@triblive.com or via Twitter ,