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Local man's weight loss surgery changes his life

Local man's weight loss surgery changes his life

A Pensacola man lost 129 pounds with the help of weight loss surgery. He knew his life would change, but he had no idea how much.

At his heaviest, Patrick Moles weighed over 300 pounds.

"The hardest point for me was, the turning point, was when I took my kids to Disney World and I couldn't fit on a ride," Patrick said.

A year and a half after gastric sleeve surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital, his waist size has gone from a 48 to 34.

"My belly was my biggest thing, so I was kind of embarrassed about that," Patrick said. "So when I lost all the weight, I stand tall, I walk tall, I feel good in my clothes. I don't feel bad about going to buy clothes. It's a totally different outlook on life."

Tuesday night Patrick was part of a Bariatric Fashion Show where Sacred Heart weight loss patients showed off their success.

There was someone very special to cheer him on.

Patrick met Janet Fletcher in a Facebook support group for weight loss surgery patients. She had her procedure about six months after his.

Janet was in England, but distance didn't matter.

"She just caught my eyes and her voice really got me, her accent," Patrick said. "And we started chatting as close friends and support and it just grew from there."

Now they're engaged with six kids between them.

The desire to be active with their children keeps them both motivated.

The surgery forces people to completely change their lifestyles with some food restrictions and small portions.

"We have a little competition between ourselves," Janet said. "'Have you done this?' But it's like well-done goals and we have milestones as well."

They're loving how they feel now, but they fell in love before either one had surgery.

"You know, I fell in love with Patrick and he fell in love with me," Janet said. "For the people we are inside, and then we've changed ourselves together."