250Weight before 250 (January 2010)
145Weight after April 20, 2012
"You name the diet, I did it," says Lynne Marino, who adds that she started gaining weight in junior high school. "Nothing worked. I'd put the weight right back on."
In addition to ballooning weight, she had osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. "Whatever you could be sick with, I had it," says Marino, who also had both knees replaced and lived with back pain.
Her low point was when her granddaughters -- ages 13 and 5 -- asked her to take them to the Bronx Zoo. "I couldn't do the walking," Marino says. "It was heartbreaking to have to tell them no."
It was fall last year when feeling bad physically -- and emotionally -- became too much for her and she turned to gastric sleeve surgery.
"They cut part of my stomach away," says Marino, who underwent gastric sleeve surgery in November 2011. This form of bariatric surgery involves surgically removing up to 85 percent of the stomach. "My stomach now is the size of a banana."
Despite losing 100 pounds, it is a second medical procedure that she credits with making her truly feel thinner. "I had 15 pounds of excess, hanging skin removed," Marino says of the tummy tuck surgery that followed.
"I only take one small pill for my blood pressure."
She has a ritual for her meals. "I eat the protein first, then vegetables, then fruit and then carbohydrates, if I'm still hungry," Marino says. Lunch is her big meal and dinner is her lightest.
While she can't run because of her knees, Marino says she can work up a head of steam on the treadmill. "I have my pink boxing gloves and box three times a week," says Marino, who goes to the gym five or six times a week.
"Don't wait like I waited," Marino says of what she calls lifesaving surgery. "Half my life is gone, but I'll live the rest of my life healthy. Having surgery to help you lose weight is nothing to be ashamed of."