My journey to a goal I never thought I could reach
Everyone that is overweight wants to lose weight we just don’t have the tools to be successful on our own. I went to an information session at Medical Weight Loss of NY with my friend Sue, and I am so glad that I did. I want to thank her for helping me to get on the path to a healthy life. When I went to the informational session at Medical Weight Loss I didn’t know what to expect.
I knew that I was too young to have the pain in my knees that I was living with. I had high blood pressure and was pre diabetic and would be following in my mother’s footsteps if I didn’t make some changes in my life soon. My mother died of complication from diabetes. I wanted to be around to see my grandchildren grow up. I have battled with my weight all of my life and I had tried every diet; I would lose and gain the weight back once I stopped dieting. I even considered bariatric surgery. I felt that successful weight loss was the one thing in my life that I couldn’t accomplish.
At first I had my doubts that a protein shake or bar would sustain me for hours; but it does. When you see the pounds come off and your clothes get too big it is a great feeling. The doctor wanted me to go on the full Optifast program because I had more than 100 pounds to lose. I knew I couldn’t do the full program and still cook a meal for my husband. I was adamant about doing the partial plan and the doctor agreed. This plan has worked wonderfully for me; the weight loss has been slower than the full plan, but I am fine with that. I have learned to cook healthier meals for my family and what to order when we go out to dinner. These are all very important things when creating a new lifestyle. Yes, this is a new life style. It is not a diet that you go on and then when you reach your goal you go back to your old ways. That is where so many of us have made our mistakes in the past. I have lost 110 pounds since my first visit and I will never be that weight again. I am off my blood pressure medication, my glucose levels are normal and my knee pain is gone. I am so happy with the way I look and feel I can enjoy buying new clothes in smaller sizes.
Dr. Scinta has many ways (her bag of tricks) to help everyone along this journey; when you hit a plateau or get stuck she will help you to get the weight loss started again. I truly believe that this is what she was meant to do in her life. I know she has made a difference in my life and in so many other lives. She has a wonderful and supportive staff that is always positive and helpful. People that are overweight face a lot of negativity in their lives but never when you visit Dr. Scinta and her staff. This program takes work and commitment; however Dr. Scinta and her staff are there to help you through the tough times. They will celebrate your victories and show you new ways to overcome obstacles; I believe that this is what makes this weight loss program a success.
After all my years of dieting I thought I knew a lot about food and what to eat; however I have learned so much about the food industry and how they want us to be addicted to salt, sugar and fat. I no longer want to eat fried food when I go out to a restaurant. I learned that the “healthy salad” I was ordering had 1290 calories; I won’t be having that one again. Keeping a journal of everything I eat has been a great tool for me; my husband also keeps one now. At first it was in a notebook then we started using My Fitness Pal which I really like.
I want to thank my husband for all of his love and support during this transition to the new me. I know without him I would not have found the voice within myself to say “I am worth it”. He has also lost 30 pounds and is much healthier now. We walk together every day (good weather), and he inspires me to exercise indoors in the winter. We have made many changes in our life and this one will help us to have many healthy, happy years together. I also want to thank all of my family and friends who have been so supportive, I love you all. One benefit from my weight loss that I never expected was that some of my friends are inspired by my success and they have joined Dr. Scinta’s program. I wish for their success and may they pass the healthy lifestyle forward.