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.