Patient Spotlight: Danielle Nappi

May 8th, 2018 - Posted to Weight Loss

Danielle Nappi had been struggling with weight problems all her life. However, in the last few years, the excess weight had greatly influenced her health and quality of life.

As a result, in August 2017 she contacted Marina Weight Loss Center for guidance and after being informed about her options, Danielle decided to undergo a sleeve gastrectomy procedure.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Korman and has been a real success. Since then, Danielle has lost 80 pounds and works on changing her lifestyle into a healthier one.

What has been your biggest success thus far?

I have always had the tendency to be pessimistic and give up on my diets and physical exercises when things weren't exactly going as planned. Eventually, this made me hate my body for not losing weight as fast as I wanted so learning to be more patient and kinder to myself is definitely my biggest success so far. After the surgery, with the help of my family and friends, I have come to realize that things take time and that slow progress is still progress.

What has been your biggest challenge?

I think that my biggest challenge has been adopting a new lifestyle. What made this quite difficult, up to some point, was that neither my family nor my friends needed to be careful with what they ate so on social gatherings I would feel constrained to eat whatever was on the table. Fortunately, I have amazing people around me who have agreed to join me in this lifestyle-changing journey so I wouldn't feel like every night out is a challenge for me to resist temptation.

What is your motivation for continued change?

Being overweight has led to my being diagnosed with several conditions which drastically affected my health. This made me realize that my health is my number one priority and this is what keeps me motivated to continue working on developing a healthier lifestyle. Seeing how my health has improved after the procedure performed by Dr. Korman has given me a boost of confidence and motivation.

What is your favorite quick, go-to healthy meal?

I've been making efforts to create a Sunday routine. I go kickboxing at 7 am and then I grocery shop and meal prep for the week ahead. What I like to cook the most is a recipe of chicken and veggie crockpot chili that I have spent quite some time perfecting. When I'm done cooking, I just portion everything out and store the food in glass containers that I keep in the fridge. This makes the whole week so much easier to get through.

What advice would you give to those considering weight loss surgery?

I would tell them to take their time to educate themselves on the matter before making such an important decision. It is very important to ask questions and to talk to other people who've been through this in order to decide whether this is the best option for them or not. 

What was the craziest diet you tried before your surgery?

You'd better ask me what diet I haven't tried because my despair has made me try a lot of crazy diets. However, I think that the craziest one was consuming only liquids and I have actually lived like this for 8 months. Now that I think about it, I realize that I was even crazier to do this for so long. 

What was the best/worst advice you ever received about dieting?

The best advice about dieting I've been given is that losing weight is 80% about what you eat and 20% about your exercising routine. This advice has been a life-saver for me since it made me focus more on what I eat and start creating a fitness routine that suits me. When it comes to bad advice, I have received a lot and all of them had to do with extreme measures like starvation and relying on weight loss pills. 

What would you tell your former self now if you could?

I would tell my former self that I had faith in her the whole time, I knew that she was a strong woman and that she could successfully face all these challenges.