Obese woman ‘broke her bed every night’ before gastric sleeve surgery transformation

Glasgow’s Carlene Booth says she was too heavy for her bed and had to sleep away from her husband in the guest room before undergoing gastric cuff surgery and losing five and a half stones

Carlene Booth from Glasgow was too heavy for her bed and the slats fell down every night
Carlene Booth from Glasgow was too heavy for her bed and the slats fell down every night

One obese woman shared how she broke into bed every night before she had her sleeve stomach surgery.

Carlene Booth from Glasgow says she was too heavy for her bed, the slats fell down every night and she had to sleep away from her husband in the guest room.

The 31-year-old said she gained weight and developed an eating addiction as a child.

The bank teller says she continued using this coping mechanism into adulthood when she weighed 17 kilos and 5 pounds.

The stress from the lockdown also led to binge eating.

Now Carlene has taken five and a half stones off and has switched from a UK dress size of 20 to 12 after undergoing gastric cuff surgery.







In January 2021, Carlene decided that enough was enough and took matters into her own hands
(

Image:

mediadrumimages / @ xcb_sleevelife)







Carlene developed an addiction to food as a child
(

Image:

mediadrumimages / @ xcb_sleevelife)

Carlene said, “I started to get so disgusted that I slept in the guest room bed away from my husband Robert at night because I was taking up so much space.

“I was too heavy for our main bed and the slats fell down every night. I woke up breathless at night when I rolled over in bed. “

The single mother said she also felt isolated from her friends because they were thinner than her.







Carlene decided to have gastric sleeve surgery because she found everyday activities difficult
(

Image:

mediadrumimages / @ xcb_sleevelife)

In January 2021, she decided that enough was enough and took matters into her own hands.

She said, “It was January 2021 – another New Year that I promised myself to get fit and healthy.

“I could barely move, my face and arms felt like they were going to burst because I was so swollen.

“I was afraid of contracting Covid because I was extremely breathless and constantly worried about not being able to breathe.







Carlene is now loving her new life and says she has gained so much confidence
(

Image:

mediadrumimages / @ xcb_sleevelife)

“One Friday evening in January, I felt so depressed and hopeless that I googled ‘GP help on weight loss’ and realized that I could pay for the weight loss surgery privately. I knew immediately that I would have a sleeve. “

The sleeve stomach is a weight loss procedure that reduces the stomach to about 15 percent of its original size. During the operation, a large part of the stomach is removed.

Carlene said, “My husband always thought I was beautiful and never devalued me because of my weight.







Carlene has reached the point where she hates herself because of her weight
(

Image:

mediadrumimages / @ xcb_sleevelife)

“He agreed to help me and I started the process all over again with clinics in the UK – and ended up going with a company called Tonic Surgery and having an operation five weeks later.”

After the surgery, Carlene adjusted her diet and lifestyle to maintain weight loss.

She said, “The first two weeks after surgery it was just liquids – like protein shakes or broths – and then it was pureed food for two weeks while the basic lining of the stomach healed.







Carlene reached 17 pounds during the pandemic lockdown
(

Image:

mediadrumimages / @ xcb_sleevelife)

“Now I can eat anything except in very small portions like a side plate or a small bowl.

“When I train, I try to run every day and do muscle-strengthening workouts like body pumps.”

Now she feels safer and no longer sleeps in the guest room.

She said, “It has changed my life 100 percent in so many ways.”







Carlene says her relationship with food has completely changed
(

Image:

mediadrumimages / @ xcb_sleevelife)

Carlene continued, “I don’t see food that way anymore, food is fuel and helps me stay alive where it used to slowly kill me.

“I do things now without thinking about it – stupid things like playing soccer with my eight year old son Bobby. I wouldn’t have made it before. I am eternally grateful for my sleeve. “

She added, “I am learning to love myself again.

“Body dysmorphism is a huge battle for patients with weight loss surgery. Some days I forget that I’ve lost 80 pounds and still expect to struggle with the most basic of tasks like showering.

“I sometimes look in the mirror and still see a huge girl – but then I fit into my size 12 and have to undergo a reality check. It’s going to be a lifelong journey, but I get there every day. “

Continue reading

Continue reading

.

Leave a Comment