Almost Divorced Over Gastric Sleeve Surgery In Mexico


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 In January of 2011, my husband, Victor, was given a gift with the stipulation he was to use the money for gastric surgery. We began to explore the options and facilities near us. We found the cheapest facility would do the surgery for the $10K we had, but then because of required pre-surgeries consultations, tests, required supplements and a hospital stay. The total would be over $20K. We only had the $10K, and our insurance did not cover the surgery.

My husband began internet searches and found BeLiteWeight. He researched the services, read the testimonials and announced he would be traveling to Juarez in March. I became angry, very ANGRY. My husband is a Lt. Deputy Sheriff and there are bounties on lawmen in Mexico. We did not speak for days and I even went to the point of contemplating a divorce. Part of the feelings was fear for his life, part was jealousy. I didn't want him to lose the weight, and not me.

Our son, who is in the military agreed to accompany him and the airline tickets were bought. But, at the last minute, we found out our son could not use his military passport, so I was elated. My husband could not, would not go alone. I was wrong. He was still going. At the last minute, one of his sergeants told him, he would go with him. They left on March 24th, both leaving the week of their grandchildren's birthdays and both leaving two upset wives.

Victor came home and the weight fell off. I was proud of him, but still envious. I wanted to have the surgery. Victor promised we would schedule my surgery as soon as we could. We had numerous medical bills from my cancer and his heart condition. I did not see it ever happening.

But, in August of that year, we had a surprise. Victor had lost over 80 pounds and was looking and feeling good. We carried my parents out for lunch and they kept complimenting him. They were amazed at his progress and commitment. That night the phone rang, on the line was both of my parents with a gift of $5K for my surgery. Yea! We began trying to find the other money necessary for the surgery and trip. In a few days, we had it, with the help of some financing from BeLiteWeight.

On Oct. 7th, 2012 we left NC for our trek to the promise land. My surgery was on Oct. 9th. The day before my surgery, my blood sugar was 201 with me taking 2000 mg. of Glucophage, 8 mg. Amaryl and 21 units of Lantus. The day after my surgery, my blood sugar was 81 with no meds. I didn't take any meds at all for two weeks. I then saw my family doctor who took me off of all of them. My last A1C had my sugar was slightly elevated, (7.1), but still no meds!

It has been 18 months since Victor's surgery. He has lost 162 pounds and has gone from a 56" waist to a 38". My surgery was a year ago. I have lost 81 pounds and have gone from a size 34 dress to a 20.

Looking back on this experience, I wish we could have had the surgeries sooner. The hospital in Juarez is wonderful. It is the cleanest I have even been in, the staff are great and the doctors, Dr. Jose Rodriguez & Dr. Elmo Aramburo (and team), are simply the best. I couldn't have asked for any better care.

BTW, the Lt. and his Sgt. told everyone who asked that they were a chicken farmer and a truck driver. No so far fetched. Victor raises chickens for a hobby and occasionally, Malcolm drives a Ford F150.

Submitted by:
Chyrie M.
Oct. 22, 2013
Victor's surgery date: March 27, 2012
Chyrie's surgery date: October 9, 2012
Procedure: Gastric Sleeve / Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
Surgeons: Dr. Jose Rodriguez Villarreal & Dr. Elmo Aramburo

How I Got Over Emotional Binge Eating

It would happen every night at about nine. Dinner was finished, the dishes were done and the kids' homework had (finally) been finished. For the first time since waking up, I'd have a few minutes to myself–and I'd eat–and eat and eat and eat.

I was a binge eater.

My snacks of choice included microwave popcorn, potato chips and, occasionally, a heaping bowl of ice cream. And that's just for one night.

The stress of being a mother of three young kids, a wife, working full time and trying to maintain some semblance of sanity in our home was taking its toll on me. My only escape from the everyday craziness was between 9 and 10 p.m., when the day's chores were finished and I had an hour to myself before bedtime.

I'd sit on the couch and eat. The time provided comfort and allowed me to sit mindlessly and watch TV while devouring salty and sweet snacks. It made me feel better. It also made me gain a whole lot of weight.

I'm happy to say that I'm no longer a binge eater. I'm reformed, more energetic and feeling better than ever. But getting over binge eating wasn't easy. It took effort, focus and commitment.

Here's how I did it:

The first time it occurred to me that I had a problem with binge eating was when I read about it on a blog. I was surfing the Internet, watching TV and eating popcorn when I read a story about how to overcome binge eating. The definition–eating mindlessly and needlessly in order to find comfort–fit me to a T.

I had one of those a-ha moments and new I had to change.

I decided to take some of the advice I found online and put a plan in place to help me stop. Instead of sitting on the couch, I'd read every night. I also decided to replace the junk food with something more healthy–vegetables and tea seemed to do the trick.

And it did. I no longer binge eat. I've lost weight. And I feel better than ever!

Posted by a former patient of BeLiteWeight.

Weight Loss Plateau: Why You’re Not Losing Weight

Last winter, while I was sitting next to my wife on the couch, enjoying a beer and watching TV, I asked why I couldn't lose any more weight.

Things had been going well, I told her. My efforts to drop 40 pounds started well. I'd gone in for a check-up–the dreaded physical–and committed to a healthy, balanced diet that included a combination of lean meats, vegetables and the carbs that are described as "good for you," those found in seven-grain bread, for example.

I'd also pledged to cut down on the TV and exercise.

I lost three pounds the first week, another three the second and two the third.

But the next week I only lost one pound. Then the next week: nothing.

It didn't make sense. I lamented that winter night on the couch. We were watching a Law & Order rerun and as the detective hand-cuffed the perp, I took a sip of my Summit Ale and said I thought the information I'd been sold–the information that said living right would pay off was criminal.

Then my wife said this: "Maybe it's not the diet; maybe you need to do more."

More? I'd already given up pizza, steak and two of my favorite shows. "What more could I give up?" I asked as I took another sip of my beer and grabbed a handful of pork rinds. (I'd been snacking on the high-protein, low-carb rinds a lot more now that I can't be outside as much anymore. It's cold and dark out.)

"Well," she said, "according to the Internet, you could stop watching so much TV, don't drink so much, stop stressing about your weight loss.

She handed me her laptop and, to my surprise, researchers around the world had discovered that weight-loss plateaus are often caused by the dieters themselves–snacking more during the winter, sitting on the couch watching TV, stressing out and drinking four or more beers in one sitting–even if it's only once a week.

Okay, I told her. I'll do more.

It's working. Two months later I've lost another 13 pounds. My goal is within sight and I couldn't be more excited about it!


Posted by a former patient of BeLiteWeight.

My Lifelong Struggle with Obesity and Weight Loss


I have had weight issues my entire life, and it has defined me. I was the chubby kid throughout my childhood. I wouldn’t say I was a nerd, but I wasn’t popular either. Regardless, I was picked on in school, always getting comments like “she’s a pig” and so forth.

I remember this one time at school my best friend was giving me a Christmas gift, and when she gave it to me she told her, “If it’s not food, she’s not going to like it.” It really hurt me and has stuck with me to today. Even as I am writing this right now I’m embarrassed because of it. I even kind of feel like that girl in Never Been Kissed who was telling her story in the movie because that part of my life did not define who I am.


Lisa BEFORE Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Me Before Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Throughout college I continued to have struggles with my weight, and was able to lose it off and on. Today, finally, I am at my goal weight; but even after losing 105 pounds I still hear that football player’s voice in the back of my head when I’m spinning at the gym. I’m a teacher and see kids getting bullied; but that happened to me and it’s something I will never stand for. I really hope that football player isn’t teaching his kids the same behavior he had in high school.

But looking back at it, those comments gave me fuel. Growing up I would sometimes wonder if someone would actually fall in love with me. It’s sad to say but I thought that nobody who had it together would fall for this mess. But I was wrong and found someone who loved me for me, not caring what I looked like. The most important lesson I got out of everything was that if you set your mind to it, anything is possible. I recently got married and always dreamed of wearing this puffy dress at my wedding. The only problem was that I was too big to wear it. But I was resolved to do it and accomplish my dreams. And I did it!

In March of 2011 I decided to get gastric sleeve surgery with BeLiteWeight. Two women – or as I like to say my guardian angels – helped me through the entire process. Jamie and Sharon were amazing and in just a year and a half I have lost more than 105 pounds and couldn’t feel better!


Lisa AFTER Gastric Sleeve Surgery with BeLiteWeight

Fitting Into My Wedding Dress After Weight Loss Surgery and Working Out

Weight loss surgery was very important for my weight loss; but more importantly, I learned that I was the most important tool to lose weight. I really believe that one of the biggest parts of WLS and weight loss is being able to acknowledge that you are worth it. If you’re ready to change your life, you can. Throughout this year I’ve been continuing to lose weight, but the accomplishments I’m more proud of are at the gym. I can run a mile – without walking – in 9:30; I can do the stair for 40 minutes without a break; I can go to Zumba class and not feel embarrassed; I can even do a two-hour spin class! The bottom line is that I can do anything I set my mind to because I acknowledged that I was worth it and was intent on making it happen. If you set aside all of you excuses and carve out the time to make the changes you want, the world is truly yours.

Recently I got BIG news – I made it on the cover of a bridal magazine! Yes, me; the same person who could barely make it up a flight of stairs… the same person who was a size 24.


Lisa After Her Gastric Sleeve Surgery with BeLiteWeight

Made the Cover!

You might be wondering why I’m writing this. It’s for you to stop looking in the mirror and hating what you see. It’s so you know that anything is possible and nobody can define you but YOU! It’s for that little girl who has always dreamt of being a princess but thinks it’s impossible. For that kid who gets bullied and made fun of because he’s gay.

Always remember: people will never define you. You define yourself!

I Really Enjoy Being Hospitalized

Thanks to gastric sleeve surgery, I recently lost 173 pounds. I look better than I have since high school. I’m actually running faster and jumping higher WITHOUT wearing any PF Flyers. I feel freaking great.

And all I can think about is bellying up to the buffet and packing on some more pounds.

No, it’s not because I miss food, Richard Simmons. And it’s not because I have some emotional disorder I’m trying to deal with, Dr. Phil. It’s because all I can think about is getting back in the hospital in Juarez, Mexico.

Sound crazy? Let me explain.

Before I had my procedure, I was fat. I’m talking Jaba the Hutt, Jessica Simpson after the baby, two-twins-on-tiny-motorcycles-in-the-Guinness-Book-of-World-Records FAT.

I was a slob. And it was ruining my life.

I never went out. Never went to games, bars or hit on chicks. And speaking of chicks, I never went on a single date in high school/college, let along have a meaningful relationship. It sucked big time.

So I wallowed in my girth-y flab and sat on the couch watching reality TV (skinny Jessica Simpson was hot), eating doughnuts, ordering pizza and feeling sorry for myself. What else is new, right?

It wasn’t that I didn’t want to lose the weight. I just couldn’t. Mostly because I was lazy, but also because nothing seemed to work. Atkins? No carbs? No way. Weight Watchers? That went the way of Kirstie Alley. Grapefruit Diet? Really, you want me to peel a grapefruit? Do you have any idea how much work that is?
No, nothing worked.

So I did some Googling and came across BeLiteWeight and their doctors in Juarez that perform weight loss surgery. The website showed the requisite before and after pictures. It seemed legit.

Still, Juarez? Mexico’s drug capital? I was obviously a little apprehensive. But I looked around on the website and talked to the staff, so I figured why not? Besides, I had nothing else going on— except that pizza…

Anyway, I went down to Juarez, and all I can say is: AMAZING!

I’ve had friends who’ve gone to Cabo and Cancun. They’ve raved about the sun and the beer and the service.

But I can honestly say that my stay in Juarez was better. I was treated like a king. And not just a “tourist king.” Like an actual king.

I was pampered from the minute I arrived to the minute they dropped me off at the airport.

Personal care, cable TV and a hospital room that would put some four-star hotels in New York to shame. I loved it, even the surgery, which was performed in a state-of-the-art surgical suite by an extremely experienced and professional doctor (Dr. Rodriguez and Dr. Elmo are remarkable guys).

Yes, I’ve lost a ton of weight. And my life is back on track. But all I can think about is putting on the pounds so I can head back down to Juarez. Sounds like a pretty good vacation right now.