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6:32 PM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A new year is the beginning of a fresh start.

It is also the beginning of a life-changing journey of weight loss for one First Coast family. 

"I can walk into any store and they have my clothes on the rack and that was never the case before and that's the great thing," said James Logston.  

Logston is nearly 100 pounds lighter from where he was three years ago.  In July of 2009 he had gastric bypass surgery at Baptist Health. 






"I feel great, I mean it is nice to not see bumps and rolls everywhere.  Its been well worth it," says Logston.  

He isn't the only Logston man working towards a healthy lifestyle. His father, James E. Logston Sr., also had gastric bypass just 15 days ago and he is looking forward to being able to go out more with his wife. 






"My wife would go to the mall and most of the time I would sit down because my legs would hurt or my feet," said Logston Sr. 

Logston Sr. says he was inspired by his son's transformation. His son weighed in at 280 pounds pre-surgery, then the weight began to come off and at one year post-surgery, his son was down to a healthier 185 pounds. 






"I've got diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and cholesterol problems," Logston Sr. sighed.  

Those are all issues gastric bypass could help solve.  Within 30 days of his son's surgery, James was off his blood pressure medicine and his sleep apenea was gone. 






"There may still be a stigma associated with bariatric surgery unfortunately, but people have to work hard to have success," said Dr. Craig Morgenthal, the Medical Director for the Baptist Center for Bariatrics.  

Dr. Morgenthal said people should see it is a tool to help those who are obese see results and reach their goals.

For James Logston, it has changed his life 100 pounds and 100 percent. 






"I'm just a different person," said Logston.

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