Medical Weight Loss Success Stories
I’m 53 years old and I knew that it was time for a change. For the past 10 years of my life, I had been dealing with about 20 to 35 extra pounds of weight. The extra weight was not fitting into my active lifestyle. My family and I, very close and highly competitive, frequently go out to go dirt biking. You can imagine that this extra 35 pounds of weight didn’t help me on my dirtbike. I actually would fall off constantly and I would frequently hurt myself. In fact, at this point, I have now had 4 orthopedic surgeries due to this. Weight loss could have saved me a lot of time and a lot of money. On top of all of that, I have a physically demanding job as a firefighter. The extra weight just was not working for me and I absolutely knew that a change was needed.
“I have tried Jenny Craig, Whole 30, delivered food and I lost some weight, but it never stayed off. I looked around and contacted a few companies but all of them were cold and formal. When I called Healthful Life MD, I got to actually talk to Dr. Abby! Not a receptionist, not a nurse but Dr. Abby. She spent a lot of time talking to me answering my questions and gave me great information that I never even thought about asking. I felt like she truly cared about me.
Defining Success with Jeanne K.
I recently had a follow up appointment with Jeanne after she had been traveling for quite some time. She was awarded a contract which essentially was her dream job. The work was an exciting, values driven project that offered her the opportunity to work with very talented, innovative, and inspirational people. The project, however, was on a tight timeline and involved a great deal of travel and time away from home, and very long days—up to 18 hours on some days. She was thrilled for opportunity, but also knew it would be a lot of work and a lot of stress.
“From the time I graduated college and joined the work force, I had put on weight slowly and steadily. I was never too concerned about this, until it got to the point where I was on blood pressure medication and cholesterol medication and my blood sugar was classified as pre-diabetic. I suffered from sleep apnea and could not breathe lying down without the aid of a CPAP machine, and was using arch supports in my shoes. When I went through a stressful period in my career, my weight shot up to nearly 300 pounds. At that point, I could barely climb on and off my boat when it was on the trailer. I could no longer ski, and fishing was difficult. I had tried many times to do something about my weight, but everything worked for a short period of time and then stopped working and rebounded. I felt that I was too busy and under too much stress to summon the time, energy and attention to put on my weight.
“I went to my former doctor and he recommended I lose some weight and try Weight Watchers. I’m not a group person, so I couldn’t see myself in a room of people talking about weight problems in front of everyone, weighing in while everyone watches, all that.
I looked online and didn’t really find what I was looking for until I came across the Healthful Life MD site. At first, I was more looking for a place close to where I live in the mountains. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with the time and price commitment, but I decided to give it a try. I didn’t really think I needed much support, maybe to watch what I ate a little more.
“Before starting with Healthful Life, I tried a variety of approaches, including Herbalife, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, even different nutrition systems that felt high-pressure and not a good fit for me. I found Dr. Abby and Healthful Life MD through an ad for OptiFast. Dr. Abby was so down to earth and calm, with no high-pressure sales pitch. She worked with me to explore how medical weight loss could work for me as a whole person.
“I connected with Dr. Abby because I was looking for a doctor who understands OptiFast. I tried different lifestyle changes, diet recommendations, cooking directions and eating other foods over the years, but it wasn’t for me.
I appreciate how Healthful Life MD and Dr. Abby give me a ‘gentle nudge in the direction of right behavior’. It was an easy decision once I walked in and met with the team.