“It’s not easy, but it’s worth it,” Ashley says.
In addition to different post-surgery eating habits, the couple, both 31, say their weight loss also presents mental challenges regarding their relationship with food.
“You can retrain what you eat, but you can’t always retrain how you think about what you eat,” Ashley says. “There’s no light switch. There’s no switch to turn off your old way of thinking. You just have to think a new way, but just know you’re going to have those mental challenges and you’ll get through it.”
Jordan echoes his wife and says prospective bariatric surgery patients need to fully research their options and avoid rushing into a decision. “You need to be mentally ready for this. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. You can’t eat the same way you did before,” he says.
“Every day I have thoughts of wanting one more bite of something or I just want to eat that thing I shouldn’t, but it’s not worth it,” Ashley says.
Ashley says getting pregnant after her surgery was a challenge but said with the help of her doctors and LVHN dietitians, her son was born at a healthy weight. Her new eating habits also enabled her to lose the weight she gained during pregnancy.
By the time Jordan underwent surgery in October 2018, he was able to see Ashley’s success and observe firsthand the changes she made. Now, they are each other’s daily support system. “It’s like checks and balances,” Jordan says. “You have each other’s back and make sure you’re following the rules.”