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!

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Weight Loss Recipe: Refreshing Summer Salad

Light, crisp, ultra healthy and with many benefits for weight loss, this happens to be a great and easy refreshing summer salad that is perfect as a side or even a whole meal. In particular, this summer salad isn't your typical salad and is full of tantalizing and new tastes that are perfect for foodies looking to eat right and stay fit.

What main ingredients happen to be the healthiest? Check it out:

  • There are a bunch of fruits and a bit of vegetable being used that have tons of ultra healthy vitamins for your body: sweet corn, papaya, cucumber, and pineapple, to name just a few.
  • The dressing utilizes lemon, ginger, and honey with Vitamin A and C to help boost your antioxidants and healthy, glowing skin.
  • Have a sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied during your dieting? No problem, the fruits act as a natural sweetener without all of the processed sugar found in most sweet foods.
  • Ginger is great for your digestion, making your stomach stronger and more resilient as well as adding a tangy and unique taste to this crisp summer salad.

For this particular recipe, you will need to create both the dressing and salad itself. But, they are both very easy to create and will only take roughly five minutes to mix together. Afterwards, you can refrigerate the dressing for a few minutes before drizzling it on the salad. Then, you can serve and enjoy as a family meal, as a dish at a get-together, or just a treat for yourself!


Here are all of the ingredients for the dressing:


  • One half teaspoons of grated ginger
  • Two teaspoon lemon juice
  • One teaspoon honey
  • One tablespoon of low-fat curds
  • One tablespoon of skim milk powder
  • A dash of salt

And here are all of ingredients for the summer salad:


                                                                                                Photo and recipe courtesy of Tarla Dalal

  • One cup of watermelon cubes
  • One cup of pineapple cubes
  • One sliced cucumber
  • Three fourths cup of papaya cubes
  • Two tablespoons of sweet corn kernels (cooked)
  • Two tablespoons of grated carrots for garnish


  1. Mix all of the dressing ingredients together. Chill for at least one hour before serving.
  2. Add all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl (without adding the carrots) and mix together in a large bowl.
  3. Right before serving pour the refrigerated ginger dressing on top of the salad and gently toss.
  4. Serve right away.