Hi, I’m Deanna Goodson. I call myself a bariatric life coach because I have had two bariatric surgeries. My husband has had one, a lap band. My lap band was back in 2010. It was somewhat successful. I lose weight, but couldn’t keep food down so I had it removed in 2013.
Four years later, I was back up to 387. Scary. I know. I hadn’t gained all the weight back but about 80% of it. I hurt my knee. Tore my meniscus. The doctor told me he could do nothing for me because I was too fat. In pain and anger, I went to see a new doctor. She told me the same thing but in a much gentler way. My primary care recommended that I have the surgery, which I had been resisting. The nutritionist I worked with recommended the surgery. I went to see a different surgeon and had the gastric sleeve on June 4, 2017. I have, to date, lost 112 lbs. I am at 275 today. I have made lasting life changes.
I have overcome my food addiction. It was not fucking easy. Okay. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. I grieved food. Some days, I still do. I know what it’s like to lose your best friend (food) and coping mechanism. I have had to discover new coping mechanisms. I struggle with the ins and outs of bariatric eating.
I am not perfect nor do I profess to be, but I have walked in your shoes. I am walking in them and will be for the rest of my life. I can be your bariatric life coach at any stage of the process. I can help you figure out if surgery is right for you. You will make this decision on your own, but I can hold space for you and point you in directions that other professionals wouldn’t even think about.
I put my heart and soul into my bariatric clients. I love them and understand them on a level that is near-perfect. I get your concerns and your fears. I understand your excitement and awe. It’s an amazing process. I won’t let you go through it alone.
Let me be your bariatric life coach. I say this with love and joy in my heart. I am pure in my intent to help you find the answers and live your best life. Let’s write your bariatric success story together.