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 .

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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!

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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!