|Total Weight Loss:||62 1/2*|
Letting Go of the Guilt and the Weight
I used to start every morning on a diet.
Before I joined the Medical Weight Management program, I'd wake up every morning on a diet. Then every night, I went to sleep as a failure. I spent so much time beating myself up. I couldn't understand what was wrong with me and why I couldn't do this. I was successful at other things in my life - at work, at home, and with my family. I felt like I wasn't in control of my weight or my eating.
Good health is contagious.
Two of my colleagues had joined the Medical Weight Management program and had tremendous success. I saw that they were not only losing weight, but their behavior was different and their relationship with food was different. I was inspired by them. The very first night of class, I came in with so much energy and excitement. It felt like the first day of my life. I knew the program worked - I'd seen it. I was confident this would be the last diet I would ever go on.
I never spent money on me before
One of the biggest barriers for me was the cost. I'm a single parent. I would spend money on my kids, but rarely on me. It took a lot to get past spending money on me. Now it helps motivate me - I put the investment in myself and I'm going to make sure it makes a difference.
Freedom from choice is a relief.
The first few days were really hard. It took about a week for my body to feel normal. After that, I really liked the weight loss phase. I had the freedom to not think about what I was going to eat for 16 weeks. It took the guess work out of everything. I'm a single mom. I don't like to think about what's for dinner.
When I transitioned to regular food, I experimented with so many things that were not successful. I remember I even tried Alfredo sauce with Greek yogurt. My kids hated it. A year ago, I would've felt like a failure. Now I just say, "It's not for me," and try something else.
Guess what? My metabolism is not slow.
To help me understand the number of calories I could eat each day, the staff took my resting metabolic rate on a special machine. I loved it. For years I said I was overweight due to a low metabolism or big bones. Guess what? I don't have either so I can now stop using that as an excuse. Now, I know I can eat 1,650 calories per day in order to maintain my weight and I know that when I exercise I can eat even more and still maintain my weight.
I still work at it every day.
I'm still struggling to incorporate exercise daily. I have two gym memberships, but I rarely go. Instead, I make it a point to just move. I park far away. I take the stairs. I always monitor my steps and shoot for 10,000 steps every day. If I have to run up and down the stairs a few times before bed in order to get to 10,000 steps, then I will.
I'm a role model for my children.
Now I feel more empowered to do things. I go to more social events and get out regularly. . I feel good when I look in the mirror. I don't give myself permission to say mean things to myself. I let go of the guilt. Best of all, I feel I am a role model for my children. That was one of the biggest motivators during this program and for keeping off the weight. Now, my kids see me go for a walk even when I'm tired. I am showing them I finish what I set out to do.
Note: Individual results may vary, and this patient's results are not typical. Average weight loss in the Medical Weight Management Program is 48 pounds in 30 weeks. * At week 102. Attend a free information session to learn more about the program.