One San Diego Obalon gastric balloon patient shares her successful weight loss journey

If you’re considering the Obalon swallowable balloon to help you lose weight, you’re no doubt curious about the procedure, what it feels like, and most importantly, if it works! We think there’s no better source for answers than the patients who’ve already tried Obalon for themselves.

We debuted Obalon at LJCSC in early 2017 and asked a few of our patients to keep a journal of their experience during and after the procedure. Riana was one of those patients, and she has generously volunteered to let us share excerpts from her Obalon journal here. We’ll start at the very beginning.

July 15, 2017: Starting on my Obalon weight loss journey

My first week with the Obalon balloon has been exciting—I just got my first balloon placed, and I am down six pounds! Adjusting to my “balloon baby” was easy with a little bit of preparation, which the LJCSC doctors outlined in my pre-op booklet. I made it through 4th of July celebrations without the desire to overindulge.

What has been working for me is being mindfully present while eating. I believe my success thus far is because I recognize when I feel full. The desire to snack has also vanished. I really think that Obalon has removed my obsession with food. I am looking forward to losing more weight and feeling good about me again.

July 31, 2017: Staying on track with the Obalon Virtual Health App

Finishing up week 4 has been interesting. Making it through the week has been pretty easy the whole time, but the weekends are where my trouble lies historically. With balloon #2 now in place, I had a fantastic weekend. I made healthy choices when I was out. I can really feel the fullness in my stomach and respect it. Although I have not dropped any additional weight this past week, I can feel the difference in my clothing. I exercised using the Virtual Health App that is included in the Obalon package. I really liked how easy that was to get done.

August 29, 2017: My self-confidence is soaring

This is week 8, and I have been using my support system to help me succeed. Talking to my family and fellow ‘Obaloonies’ have kept me accountable to my goals. I have lost 12 pounds, but it is what I have gained that brings tears of joy.

My self-confidence has been restored, my relationship with my husband has not been this good in years (because of the way I felt about myself), and I feel so much better in my pants. Obalon has taught me how to be okay with appropriate sized portions, to say no to sweets and empty calories, and not to snack mindlessly. Next week is the placement of balloon baby #3! I was nervous about this balloon in the beginning of this journey, however now I am looking forward to more success and continued weight loss.

Obalon worked. I have good habits, and I now recognize and respect the capacity of my stomach. I safely made it through Christmas without gaining one pound. In fact, I actually continued to lose weight. I was so proud of myself. The thing about success is it breeds continued success. When I feel good about myself and the achievements I am making, I want to continue on that journey.
—Riana, Real LJCSC Obalon patient

September 6, 2017: Persevering past weight loss plateaus

Today was placement day of balloon #3. Everyone keeps telling me this is where the real weight loss occurs; this makes me happy. I hit a plateau over the last several weeks. And let me tell you, it was very disappointing. So I decided to make more changes, I mean why else would I be on this Obalon journey if I was not ready to make changes? I have committed to exercise 4 days a week. This is huge for a full-time employee, mother of three, wife, and dog owner. I have tried to make a commitment like this in the past, but was never able to follow through. This time is different because of Obalon. I have seen the pounds come off, and the dress size shrink, and that motivates me to continue to succeed.

September 16, 2017: The emotional eating habit is broken

This marked a full week with balloon number three. I have noticed I feel full earlier with each meal. The sensation comes while eating rather than ten minutes or so after eating. I now know why this is a three balloon system. It feels great to feel full and not want to snack or graze throughout the day. I had a stressful week, and normally I would of turned to food for comfort. But Obalon has given me the determination to turn away from emotional eating as a solution. Instead, I used the gentle ear of friends to get me through a rough time. I’ve continued to stay on track with my meal plan and exercise. It is clear to me now that turning to food when I feel bad just makes things worse. I have broken a viscous and self-destructive cycle.

October 26, 2017: I can see my waist, and I love it!

I am a couple weeks post breast reduction surgery, a procedure I waited many years to have. I am so happy with the results of the surgery and with the progress I have made in my weight loss journey. One of the biggest surprises of the surgery was the ability to see my waistline. Previously my abdomen was covered by my large breasts, and now I have a waist! A waist that is being trimmed up by my weight loss via Obalon and my commitment to a healthy lifestyle. I have a routine established of a healthy diet and exercise. The hardest part of the recovery process after breast reduction was not being allowed to exercise. I couldn’t wait to get back to the gym—I would of never said that in the past! Sometimes I still surprise myself. In the last three months, my life has changed and my dreams are coming true. I am now living in the reality of achieving a body I love!

November 21, 2017: Facing the holidays without fear of weight gain

It’s holiday season once again. I have always struggled with overindulgence this time of year, hiding the weight gain with baggy sweaters. This year is going to be different for me. Although Thanksgiving is still a few days away, I have already attended holiday festivities that were surrounded by delicious treats. My experience has been different this year because of Obalon. The balloons secured my plan to eat less and make wise decisions. I drink plenty of water, I eat slowly, and am aware of the full feeling when it comes, and I use portion control. I don’t need to eat high calorie food to celebrate my gratitude with friends and family. I know if I make good choices for my health, I will feel so much more thankful.

December 31, 2017: The balloons are out, but Obalon is still working for me.

I had my balloons removed right before Christmas. It was an easy experience; I was put under light sedation and told how the process would happen and what to expect afterwards. When I woke up from the procedure, I felt normal! I was nervous about making it through a big holiday without the safety net Obalon provided me over the last 6 months, but I was surprised by how little I was still eating and feeling full. “Obalon worked,” I thought to myself. I have good habits, and I now recognize and respect the capacity of my stomach. I safely made it through Christmas without gaining one pound. In fact, I actually continued to lose weight. I was so proud of myself. The thing about success is it breeds continued success. When I feel good about myself and the achievements I am making, I want to continue on that journey.

March 8, 2018: I’m happier. I love who I am.

It has been a few months without the Obalon balloons and I have continued to lose weight and make healthy choices. The non-scale victories are wonderful as well. I am down two dress sizes, and went from a size large to a size small. That makes me happier than the number on a scale. My family life is better as a result of my life changes. I believe this is a direct response to the fact that I am happier and feel better about who I am. I love who I am and have pride in the changes I continue to make.

Want a transformation like Riana’s? Contact us for a free Obalon consultation.

We’d love to help you learn more about the Obalon system and help you determine if it’s the right option for you to achieve your weight loss goals. Contact us today to schedule your free San Diego Obalon consultation with our experienced Nurse Practitioners at LJCSC.

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