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Erin L*

Erin L*
  • Hi, My name is Erin.  I am 37 years old.  I had my weight loss surgery on 4/20/2012.  I consider this date a re-birth.
    Before my weight loss surgery, I had gained and lost over 200lbs over the previous 12 years.    When I was my late teens and early 20's it was easy to lose weight, but just as easy to gain weight. After the birth of my triplets, my weight sky-rocketed to a mind blowing 270 lbs.
    I consider part of the problem with my weight gain was depression. I was un-happy with myself. About a month before my weight loss surgery my doctor put me on an antidepressant.  I had tried them in the past, and explained the problems that I had encountered with each one.  My doctor gave me one that would help with the problems I was having: ie depression, anxiety and insomnia.
    I entered into my weight loss surgery weighing about 270 lbs.  I have lost approximately 85 lbs.*  I have gone from a dress size of 22, to a 12*.  I am walking 5k, 10k, and have plans to walk a half marathon in October.  I have changed my lifestyle. I no longer look at food as something to do when I am bored, or something to comfort me when I am sad.  I look at food as fuel for my body, rather than a crutch for my emotions.  I continue to be sedetary due to the type of work that I do, but have found ways to increase my activity level out-side of work hours.  Recently I went on a weekend trip to Nelson BC, and the activity was non-stop with shopping and sight seeing. For the first time in over 15 years I was able to participate the full day without taking a break, and have energy left over!  There is no way that I could have done that a year ago.
    I look in the mirror, and I am no longer ashamed of myself.  I can see the changes in myself.  I can wear shorts in public, I can wear t-shirts, and not be ashamed of rolls and bulges.  I LIKE MYSELF AGAIN.
    I want to thank the people at BeLiteWeight for providing me with an opportunity to improve myself.  My whole outlook has changed.  I wake up excited for the day and welcome any challenges that come my way!
    Procedure: Gastric Sleeve / Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

    Surgeons: The surgical team of Dr. Jose Rodriguez-Villarreal, M.D., F.A.C.S.


    *See below