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Hello my name is Brian Ernst I am a 3 year veteran of Gastric Bypass surgery. In April of 2009 at a doctor’s appointment, I was told that if I did not change my lifestyle and lose weight, I would not see my daughter graduate high school. At that moment I knew something had to be done so I decided that gastric bypass was what I needed. My weight before surgery was 524 lbs. After my surgery I had to change many things. One was that I needed to start taking vitamins and another was to increase my protein intake. Kel and Erin Quarterman from Gold Coast Nutrition recommended that I try the NOW Whey Protein Isolate because it was high in protein and it also had a good taste. Ever since then I have been hooked on NOW proteins and drink 1-2 Whey Protein Shakes every day. This protein intake is essential due to the bypass surgery. I also use NOW B-12 as part of my supplement intake. With all the weight loss I am able to work out so I have also incorporated NOW Creatine Monohydrate and NOW ZMA into my workout regimen. I have more than doubled my strength in the weight room and with devotion I will continue to add strength and muscle mass.
As of today I have lost a total of 285 lbs and have a current weight of 240 lbs. I can easily go to the park with my daughter and keep up with her. We now have a great time together and I look forward to seeing her graduate high school. The surgery has totally changed my life and with the help of NOW products, I can now do things like mountain biking and hiking that I had not done in many years. I intend to continue with an active lifestyle so that I will be able to live a healthy, long, and productive life.
As a NOW ambassador, I hope to inspire others that have had weight loss surgery and show them that their life can improve. I believe that I can have a positive influence on other people that are in my situation and that with hard work and the help of great products from NOW, we will all be able to lead a healthier lifestyle.