This week, we celebrate the successful Weight Loss of Michelle Koitka. Here’s her story:
My name is Michelle Koitka and in just over 2 weeks I will be 32 years old. I am a wife and a mum to a 13 year old daughter and a 12 year old son.
The lightest I can ever remember myself being is 75kg and my heacuest was 116kg.
Daily I would find myself looking in the mirror trying to suck my tummy in and look slim. Then I would just exhale and there it was again.
Our kids would wrap their arms around me and could never touch their hands on my back and everything was an effort.
From the moment I became a teenager I have battled with my weight. Comfort eating, depression, anxiety, junk food, diets and diet pills have all been my enemies. I admit it, I love food but who doesn’t I just loved the wrong food and the wrong amount of food. Before I knew it I was eating the exact same size as my husband and I knew that wasn’t right.
This all played a bad toll on my health bad hips, bad legs, agonising feet, underactive thyroid, cholesterol, fatigue and depression. I knew something had to change for my kids, my family, FOR ME.
My wake up call came from seeing myself in the colourful kafton (pictured) out at the Museum. I was over 110kg at that point and miserable.
Not long after that picture was taken I saw an advertisement for WLSA so I sent an enquiry. Getting a phone call back I decided after discussing the details and talking to my husband Marcus that this was it. This was my last chance to change my life for good and get healthy.
I had my gastric sleeve done on the 22nd of December 2015, it was a battle getting used to everything that was now new to me.
Today I am 3 months post op, I have lost a total of 30kg since the first time I walked into WLSA on the 19th October 2015. I have had to reduce my thyroxine down from 150 to 50 micrograms daily. My cholesterol is great, I have confidence for the first time in years and I love myself. My journey has only just begun and I still have a little more to go to hit my goal and nothing will slow me down now. This is the new me and I am here to stay.
– Michelle Koitka *
Message from WLSA:
It’s great to see your success with your weight loss so far post ESG Michelle! It is fantastic what you have achieved in only four months and we are so excited to watch the rest of your journey!
*Disclaimer: Results may vary for each person