28th June, 2015


Tampa, Florida, USA


New Book by Tampa Businesswoman Spreads Hope on Combating Obesity


Karen Gillman shares her 10-year journey before, during and after weight loss surgery






































After 10 years of successfully maintaining her weight loss goals, Karen Gillman, a Lap-Band™ System gastric surgery patient, shares her transformational journey from morbid obesity to a healthy body weight in hopes of reaching others who need support.


Her book, “It’s Never Too Late,” was written to share her battle with obesity and how she overcame it with weight loss surgery. She provides encouragement and support to both prospective and actual gastric surgery patients, and her own trials and successes give her the passion and voice to serve this community.


Gillman has been featured on Daytime TV, CTN Homekeepers, The Jamie Malone Show, The Pete O’ Shea show, and Primtime TV sharing her success with the Lap Band System.


If you met Gillman today, you would never suspect her story. Gillman considers her greatest life-purpose being a wife, mother of two and homemaker.  She works full time as an executive at On Point Executive Center, Inc., and is co-founder of Charity Chics, a women’s networking company that gives all proceeds back to local charities. 


Karen also finds great joy in being an advocate for adoption, an ambassador for Working Women of Tampa Bay, and a host of various monthly events serving entrepreneurs. She is creative, crafty and never meets a stranger. She is a member of OAC (Obesity Action Coalition), a graduate of Framingham State College, and has lived on both the west and east coasts.  Karen is well recognized for a long list of business awards and serves her community with passion and purpose. 


But her life today didn’t come without a major change in her mental perspective. “Before I decided to have surgery, I found myself going through the motions in a lifestyle I didn’t love, living in a body that was weighing me down mentally and physically,” she shared. “There were several indications that made me realize that if I didn’t make some drastic changes, my future would never match my dreams.”  


Since her surgery in 2004, Gillman has shed over 145 pounds. Before the gastric band, her BMI (body mass index) was 45.3, but today it remains steady at 23 which is classified as “normal” and her weight is considered a healthy weight. In addition to looking and feeling better, she has spared herself from many potential health risks tied to obesity, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke.


Through tips and tricks she has learned along the way, as well as those she has personally developed, she has maintained the weight loss and gained a new life, and she is ready to share her insight with others who are looking to do the same.


If you or someone you know has struggled with weight loss, or has had weight loss surgery of any kind, this book is written especially for you.  Enjoy Gillman’s journey from birth to present day as she pulls back the curtain and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly throughout the transformation of her mind and body.  Also included in this book are Karen’s top 10 products she can’t live without (post weight loss surgery).


“I want to support people before, during and after their decision to address their obesity, and give them hope. It wasn’t easy, but it sure was worth it,” she said.


For more information

Gillman’s book, “It’s Never Too Late,” is available on her website or and  .If you would like to follow Karen Gillman on social media, you will find her giving tips and encouragement on Facebook/aftertheband and Twitter/aftertheband.



Julie Heidelberg


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