Loved the Security: Deborah’s Juarez Sleeve


At the beginning of summer our BeLiteWeight team received a touching update from Gloria who had the Gastric Sleeve surgery by Dr. Rodriguez and his team in September of 2017. She still remembers the “final straw” that led her to surgery and the “wonderful” staff that helped her through the process! Read her letter below for some of her after thoughts on the entire process of medical care in Mexico.

After working out for decades and trying all sorts of meal plans, I’d never been able to achieve my weight loss goals. I’d stopped smoking 9 years prior to surgery, cut out soda for 4 years, adopted healthier recipes and had been competitively been walking 5ks for two years. My weight wasn’t increasing but neither was it decreasing. The final straw was when my previous gynecologist said “you need to quit shoving food in your face”. He didn’t care to know what I was doing nor did he take my health issues, like PCOS, into consideration. The insurance I had access to excluded bariatric coverage. So after consulting with my family doctor, he agreed that my best option was surgery. He said he could do tests to find out why I had trouble losing but surgery would be my best option, if I was comfortable with it. He agreed to follow me, if I choose to go to Mexico. I chose BeliteWeight and Dr. Villarreal-Rodriguez because I was able to find several local people from Indiana who he had also treated. The stay and the staff at the hospital were wonderful. I loved the security of being in a safe hospital setting with immediate access for emergency medical help, although I didn’t need it. I’m thankful I had made so many healthy changes prior to surgery. It made post op life easy to adjust to. It was amazing to watch the pounds melt off. My heaviest weight was 298. Preop, I was 275. By nine months after surgery, I had made my original goal of a healthy BMI for my height of 5’7” – 159. I realized that I hadn’t dreamed small enough. I made my ultimate goal of mid range healthy BMI by 12/18. I now average 140. (Picture is a size 22 to a size 4.)Instead of needing two blood pressure meds twice a day, I only need one pill once a day. This summer I’ve signed up for my regular 5ks but now have added a couple 10ks. Being able to squeeze into the back seat as a third person is fun too. The best advice I received with surgery, from a friend, was to not stop working towards your weight loss goals just because others tell you you’re getting to small. For me, most people have never seen me at a healthy weight, as the last time was 3rd grade. Some days will be hard, when you routinely hear “you’re almost (or are) to small” but don’t give up or back off. Seek out positive people, they’ll be help strengthen your resolve.

Gloria it is truly amazing how you cut more than 50 percent of your maximum body weight off! We are so proud of your accomplishments.

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today!

Courage to Change My Life: Jeff’s 4 Year Update


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Earlier this month we received a touching letter from one of our blinding success patients Jeff who has really turned his life around since we first chatted with him on the phone about 4 years ago. Read for yourself!

I just wanted to drop a quick note to the amazing folks are BeLiteWeight.com and give a quick update. It’s been four years since I found the courage to pick-up the phone and change my life.

When I decided to change my life, I was miserable and unable to do so many of the things that I wanted to do. I was always tired, miserable and my life was absent of anything to keep me going – except food.

When I called, I wanted to do the surgery fast! From the time I first called there was only three weeks until I left for the Gastric Sleeve.

The experience was amazing – and the years following the surgery have also been amazing! I feel great, look great and people tell me that I look so much younger now than I did then.

I can’t tell you how greatful that I am to everyone at Beliteweight for the amazing guidance that I received and for the support leading up to the surgery and the post surgical support that was fantastic from the minute I got home until I felt like I had it under control.

The process was worth it, the cost was unbeatable and the way my life was changed cannot be put into words.

The BeLiteWeight team is so proud of you Jeff! Keep up the hard work and you can achieve all of your goals and inspirations!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today!

Keto-Korean Beef Short Ribs


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For our next recipe get out your steak knives! With only 2 basic steps and 8 easy ingredients this keto-friendly and high protein meal is a perfect option for health conscious individuals interested in losing weight!

Ingredients

2 lbs of Beef Chuck, Flanken-Style Short Ribs (3/8 to 1/2 inch thick)

1/2 Green Onion – Chopped

2 teaspoons Dark Sesame Oil

1/4 cup Soy Sauce

2 Minced Garlic Cloves

1/2 TSP Black Pepper

1 TBS Toasted Sesame

1/4 Cup Water

Directions

#1 – Combine onions, ginger, oil, garlic, pepper, and water in a small bowl and pour in to a plastic container with the beef. Marinate for 4-8 Hours.

#2 – Grill! For best taste cover the meat over medium-high heat for 5 minutes before turning over and continuing for another few minutes!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

* Recipe Adapted from KETO RECIPES – Pilcook Books

** One of our patrons suggested adding Ginger and it is quite a valuable upgrade! & Be sure to always purchase organic and non-GMO ingredients!

How to Live Again: Karina’s 3 Year Update


One of our most inspirational patients sent us this heart warming email that the team at BeLiteWeight is honored to share with you! Below are pictures of her throughout her journey. You are amazing Karina!!

My heart is full of gratitude as I sit down to write this email . Next week will mark 3 years since I’ve had surgery with Dr.Rodriguez. What a roller coaster this ride has been. From learning to portion control, learning new habits, learning to love the gym , it has honestly been learning how to live again. >>>> We all these changes came self love I never knew I had . Confidence to follow my dreams and the well power to keep going. I have been able to maintain an average of 105lbs lost and have gained about 15 safely . I have had a breast reduction with a lift and I am currently recovering from a tummy Tuck with lipo of the back and flanks. I feel great . Life is great. The work is never done that’s for sure . We will forever gain and loose and fluctuate. What’s important is the healthy habits I have been able to maintain and the structure I have set for myself . I will once again tell you I’ll never forget that lunch time phone call outside my local Starbucks where you told me your story and within a month I had my surgery booked . I was ready .

2 Months!

4 Months!

10 Months!

1 Year!

18 Months!

Doesn’t she look incredible? Karina, you are such an inspiration to people who want to make a major change in their life!

For more information on Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss surgical questions, please call BeLiteWeight today at 1-800-215-6497!

How to prepare for your first year after WLS


Weight Loss Surgery Weight loss surgery can make everything better–your overall health, your social life and your weight (of course). But before you can fully realize all the benefits it has to offer, you've got to make it through the first year, and that's not always easy to do.

The first year after weight loss surgery is full of extensive metamorphosis. Some of the change will be exhilarating. Some will be challenging. And some will be unlike anything you've ever experienced before.

Here's a look at how you should prepare for your first year after weight loss surgery:

The first month
Get ready to drink your meals. The first two weeks are all about nursing your body back to health, which means liquid protein for the first two weeks, then pureed and soft food for the next two.

Months two, three and four
Finally, you'll be able to start eating "real" food again. Although you won't be eating anywhere as much as you ate before you went in for your procedure. And some of the things you liked to eat before won't appeal to you anymore. Months two, three and four will be a time of dietary experimentation.

Months five and six
These are the months in which you'll start to realize the fruits of all your hard work. Depending on what type of weight loss surgery you've had, you'll have lost somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of your total body weight–or one to two pounds a day. You're clothes will start to be loose, you'll have more energy and you'll start feeling more interested in exercising.

Month nine
By now, you and your doctor should have a pretty good idea of how your body is responding to the procedure. Any vitamin deficiencies should be addressed at your nine-month visit, and any modifications to your diet should be taken care of. You've got momentum, now is the time to build on it.

One year
This is it. You're one year in. You will have lost a lot of weight–maybe even 100 pounds. Now, it's time to get started on another successful year!