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Nov 2, 2012 10:28 AM by Elizabeth Hill

Public relations pro Amy Jones shares personal experience with weight loss surgery

"Your whole life is going to change. Nothing will be the same"

On the day of one of the biggest events of her life, Amy Jones made one of the biggest decisions of her life.

"I looked up one day in the mirror and said this is not the way you're going to live the rest of your life. It's time for you to take back control."

The night of the Trynd of Giving grand opening and benefit that featured Saints head coach Sean Payton, Jones ran into an old friend.

"I said you look great. What did you do? She said I had the surgery and I said I think we need to talk."

Two months later, in May of 2011, Jones underwent a weight loss surgery called the gastric sleeve. In this particular surgery, about two thirds of the stomach is removed.

"It also removes a lot of the hormones responsible for the fullness sensation."

Bariatric surgeon Uyen Chu says that makes this surgery different from other procedures like gastric bypass or the lap band. Making the stomach smaller, but also removing some of those hormones means many patients see better long term results.

"This operation will help them with the weight loss, but they have to be prepared to maintain a healthier lifestyle to maintain that weight."

"If you're not willing to make that lifestyle change then don't do it because it changes everything about who you are and what you do and how you approach day to day living."

Jones says she's battled weight issues her whole life and tried numerous diets and exercise with little results.

"There comes that point, that reality where you look at it and go it's not going to happen on my own."

Despite the stigma that weight loss surgery is the so called easy way out, Jones isn't ashamed to share her secret. She says its been anything but easy.

"It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life and at the same time the most well worth it thing I've ever done in my life."

Jones says she's been given a second chance and plans to take full advantage.

Jones has created a website called tallskinnytales.com. There you can learn more about her story, ask her a question and also find helpful resources if you're interested in weight loss surgery.

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