Kayla Townsend and Rita Hoober's Success Story

Kayla and Rita

Kayla and Rita HooberRita, 42, and her daughter Kayla, 22, were ready to commit to a lifestyle change. Any physical activity exhausted Kayla and Rita suffered from sleep apnea and achy joints.

Rita, who had considered surgery for several months, convinced Kayla to join her at the Franciscan “Is Surgical Weight Loss Right for You?” seminar, where they decided Gastric Bypass was the best option to turn their lives around. Rita and Kayla scheduled their gastric bypass surgery on the same day in 2012, and immediately started a six-month nutrition regimen to prove their commitment to keeping the weight off after surgery. “Getting our surgery done on the same day has been the best support system for both of us,” said Kayla.

Kayla and her mom have also bonded over their once-a-week meetings, where they take their measurements, photos and compare weight loss success stories. While tracking these weekly measurements is motivation in itself, Rita says it’s the relationship with her daughter that continues to keep her on track, “This whole experience has strengthened the relationship I have with my daughter and brought us much closer together.”

Since their surgery, Rita and Kayla have lost a combined 205 pounds and enjoy kayaking, playing tennis and their new found energy.