110 lbs lighter, Cinco Ranch woman is success in bariatric surgery and exercise

When Kevin Tidd first joined Life Time Cinco Ranch, climbing even one flight of stairs was a challenge.

“Getting from the entry level to the second floor of the gymnasium was an incredible struggle,” she recalls. “I couldn’t breathe.”

At the time, Tidd was taking a group fitness class. “But it was unenthusiastic,” she said. “And I didn’t hold myself responsible.”

Tidd said she has struggled with her weight for as long as she can remember.

“Nutrition hasn’t always been my forte,” she says with a smile. “I was getting heavier and heavier.”

At one point, his weight exceeded 300 pounds. In 2008, she underwent tummy band surgery, a procedure that involves placing a band over her stomach to limit the amount of food that can be ingested.

Tidd lost 85 pounds, but it didn’t last.

“You think that’s the magic bullet, that you don’t have to do anything,” she said.

And she admitted she hadn’t made the necessary adjustments, like increasing her exercise or changing her diet. “I just kept eating,” she said.

Afterwards, Tidd moved with her husband, Randy, to the UK and later to France, following her job. When her job took her to the Middle East in 2015, she returned to Houston, returning to Cinco Ranch.

“I joined Life Time, but it was random,” Tidd said.

His weight was increasing and his health was declining. She was short of breath and suffered from sleep apnea. His blood pressure was high and chest pain was becoming a problem.

“I wasn’t pre-diabetic, but I was definitely heading in that direction,” she said.

In May 2020, Tidd decided to have gastric bypass surgery with bariatric surgeon Dr. Laura Choi at Houston Methodist.

Even though COVID-19 put elective surgery on hold, Tidd was able to meet with her doctor and dietitians virtually until she could complete the procedure.

During the operation, the surgeon removed his abdominal belt, which had drifted and was causing complications.

“Bypass has been a lifesaver,” she said.

But what followed was an even bigger game-changer, Tidd said. She contacted the manager of her former group class, Marcia Noyes, and set up personal training sessions.

“Marcia was instrumental in this journey,” Tidd said.

The two meet for an hour, four times a week. Tidd then leaves for a fifth day of training alone.

Since she started working with Noyes, she has lost 110 pounds.

“And I kept it,” she said. “I maintained my weight.”

At first, Tidd couldn’t do sit-ups or planks. She was afraid to get down on the floor for an exercise, because getting up seemed impossible to her. And she couldn’t even fit in some weight machines.

Now all that has changed. She can hold a plank for a minute, fit all the machines, and run on an elliptical machine without getting out of breath.

“The first time I did a sit-up with Marcia, I cried,” Tidd said.

Noyes said Tidd is committed to her workouts, making it a top priority.

“She comes whether she feels good or not,” Noyes said. “She’s gotten so much stronger and is doing so much better.”

These days, Tidd is able to do exercises she never would have attempted in the past.

“She never, ever says, ‘I can’t do it,'” Noyes said. “I’m going to tell her, it’s going to be a little harder or I’m going to increase the weight, and she’s going to say, ‘Let’s do it.’ “She’s very positive. She’s going to try. It wasn’t always like this.”

Due to gastric bypass, diet is no longer the challenge it once was. Dumping syndrome – diarrhea, nausea, cramping and dizziness after a meal caused by rapid gastric emptying – is common when patients have sugar, overeat or drink during a meal.

And it makes it easier to avoid sugar or large portions, Tidd said.

Noyes helped her understand how the diet can help her stay fit.

“Marcia has always been great at incorporating nutrition into exercise, describing why it’s important to drink water and why it’s important to have protein,” Tidd said.

“There is a parallel,” her husband Randy added. “The role that Marcia played was to educate you about nutrition and strength training, trying to build muscle mass. It was a big ah-ha moment. And it became ingrained.

Tidd’s health has improved. She no longer has high blood pressure or sleep apnea.

“I feel stronger,” she says. “And it’s a great feeling.”

She can play with her grandchildren and traveling is no longer a problem now that it is easier to walk.

A few months ago in New Hampshire, Kevin and Randy went for a hike in a state park.

“You were comfortable walking and you had no problems,” Randy told him. “You wouldn’t have done this before.”

“I wouldn’t have had my picture taken either,” Tidd added. “I’m healthy – and happy.”

She wants to share her story to inspire others on their wellness journey.

“It was all such a big milestone for me,” Tidd said. “I want other people to say, ‘Wow, I can do that too.’ I don’t want anyone to say, ‘I can’t do it.’

She recommends working with a trainer who can provide effective training plans as well as the necessary moral support.

“Marcia always says, ‘Yes, you can,'” Tidd added. “And you need someone to say, yes you can. Don’t let anything stand in your way. »

Noyes also began coaching Randy.

Randy said his wife was his biggest inspiration.

“It was a total turnaround for her,” he said. “The switch went off. And it’s been a great trip.

Peyton is a freelance writer based in Houston.

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