Hi, I’m Karen Gillman and I’m Looking Forward to Sharing My Journey After WLS With You on obesitynewstoday.com

Hi, I’m Karen Gillman and I’m Looking Forward to Sharing My Journey After WLS With You on obesitynewstoday.com

Hi, I’m Karen Gillman and I’m looking forward to sharing my journey after WLS with you on obesitynewstoday.com.

November 2004 I had gastric band (Lap-Band®) surgery, which helped me shed 145 pounds.  Through tips and tricks I have learned along the way, as well as those I have personally developed, I have maintained the weight loss and gained a new life! I am openly sharing my insight with others who are looking to do the same.

In early 2000, my weight crept up to an all-time high of over 300 lbs.  I found myself going through the motions in a lifestyle I didn’t love, living in a body that was weighing me down mentally and physically. There were several indications that made me realize if I didn’t make some drastic changes my future would never match that of what I had dreamed of.

After living the banded lifestyle for over ten years I decided to write a book detailing the “before-during-and Its Never Too Late by Karen Gillman - blog postafter” of the account.  My book is called “It’s Never Too Late’  A Ten-Year Journey with Weight Loss Surgery.”  I’m on a mission to help others combat their battle with obesity by providing proven, practical life-skills.  Join me on a fun ride battling the bulge!

Most people who meet me today never suspect my story. When they learn of my victory with weight loss they are encouraged and find a newfound belief within themselves. I enjoy talking with people in every stage of the journey.  Those considering WLS, family members, as well as those who are living the lifestyle.

I serve on the Patient Advisory Board for Apollo Endosurgery, the owners of the Lap-Band System; am a member of the Obesity Action Coalition; and have been featured on Daytime TV, Primetime TV, CTN, Channel 10, and a variety of radio shows.  My message is one of encouragement and hope in the never-ending battle of healthy living.

Outside of the WLS world I am a Christian, a wife, mother to two young children, doggy mommy to two, VP of On Point Executive Center, Co-Founder of Charity Chics, and Treasurer of Fulfill Your Destiny. I also find great joy in being an advocate for adoption, an Ambassador for Working Women of Tampa Bay, a Notary of Public, and a host of various monthly events serving entrepreneurs.  I love all creative arts, crafts and make-overs of any kind. I am a graduate of Framingham State College and have lived on both the west and east coast.

So, now that you know a little bit about me, I would love to learn about YOU!  Post a comment in the thread below and introduce yourself.  If you post your social links I’ll be sure to connect with you on each of the platforms.  And, I hope you will do the same with me!

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Look for my weekly blog here as I share more on how to live and love LARGE after WLS!

Karen Gillman

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