Fat Genes to Skinny Jeans: How I lost 230 lbs in weight, found fitness and saved my life

 
9781500253035: Fat Genes to Skinny Jeans: How I lost 230 lbs in weight, found fitness and saved my life
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Morbidly obese at 386 lbs, depressed and desperate, Santie Pretorius could see no way forward. Then she heard about weight loss surgery and made the decision that would change her life beyond her wildest dreams. This book tells the story of her journey to achieve an incredible weight loss of 230 lbs – 100% of her excess body weight – in a little over two years. It demonstrates the importance of the team approach of a Bariatric Center of Excellence, and the value of support from family and friends. Conflicted about whether or not to go ahead with bariatric surgery, Santie spent months reading and educating herself about the success factors involved. From her desperation came determination to succeed. Once she decided to go ahead, she worked with an unwavering commitment to physical fitness and psychological preparation in the growing belief that – this time – weight loss would be achievable and permanent. Following gastric bypass surgery, Santie committed fully to learning to eat well, live well, exercise to develop fitness, and have fun. This book is not only about overcoming obesity and discovering the slim person within; it is also an intensely personal and searingly honest account of overcoming depression and replacing self-hatred with healthy, balanced self-love. Santie Pretorius is a clinical psychologist, management development consultant and motivational speaker. Contributors Graham Neil Stapleton, MBChB, FCS (SA), MMed, General Surgeon Graham Alexander, MA (Clin Psych) (SA), Clinical Psychologist Claire McMahon, BSc Med (Hons) (Nutrition and Dietetics) (SA), Dietician Phillo Beukes, MPhil (Sports Physio) (SA), Sports Physiotherapist

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Santie Pretorius is a clinical psychologist, management development consultant and motivational speaker. She lives in Knysna on the Garden Route in South Africa with her partner, Viv Segal. She loves hiking, swimming, cycling and sipping espressos in delightful coffee shops. This is her first venture in publishing.

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