I always thought that my family history was fantastic. My great grandfather lived to be 98 years old, my grandfather to 92, my grandmother also to 98, so I always thought that I’d be around for that long as well. However, back in September of 2011, I went to my family doctor and had a physical for the first time since 1994. He was ready to put me on all sorts of meds for high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, high cholesterol, order a sleep test and a stress test. He said I was a “ticking time bomb, you’re approaching 50 and it’s time to do something about it”. Well, that got my attention. It was time to do something about my weight.
My wife Bernie (who is a RN and my greatest supporter), because of its long-term effects on your health, was against the surgery that is so famously being advertised in our area, so that was not an option for me. We have a friend that had great success with Dr. Scinta’s program, and another friend who was a former employee of hers. Both of them had nothing but good things to say about the program, so we thought that this was my best option, and my doctor was on board with it as well.
I attended one of the informational meetings in October with Bernie and to her surprise, signed-up at the end of the meeting for the full meal replacement program. Though I was cautiously optimistic that the program could help me lose some weight, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have the success that would be coming my way. When I attended my first appointment, Tracy (my nurse) asked me to set a goal, not having any idea whether or not it was attainable, I put down a “pie in the sky” figure of 100 pounds. A week later at my first follow-up visit, I had lost 14.5 pounds. My exact question to Tracy was, and I remember it like it was yesterday, “is this thing right?” Her reply was “the scale don’t lie.” I was shocked, I had lost 14.5 pounds in one week, it was probably then that I thought that maybe my goal wasn’t so unreachable after all.
Every week, I’d go in for my re-check appointment and group session. Several of those appointments were with Sheila (my NP). She would review my results with me and offer her encouragement to continue on with the full plan. The group sessions were all very informative. Kulaa, Lisa, Lorna and Nichole were the facilitators and I learned so much about exercise, fitness, nutrition and the behavior behind my eating habits (or lack thereof). The genuine concern, support, and encouragement of all of Dr. Wendy’s other staff (Jen, Jennifer, Lindsay and Sam) on a weekly basis has been amazing. You are all a very important part of journey that I continue to navigate. I could not have made it this far without each and every one of you. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
I spent 27 weeks on the full plan and lost 103 pounds, I have since started to transition back to food and have continued to lose weight. I’m now down 108 pounds, and have a revised goal to lose another 17 pounds. I’m now exercising, which I did on a very limited basis in the past. Back in January, Dr. Scinta suggested that I start adding in some activity to my daily routine by walking about 15 minutes a day on the treadmill, I started with 30 minutes which worked out to just under 2 miles. In March, when the weather turned spring-like, I’m moved my walking outside, and now my normal daily routine has me walking over 12 miles a day.
The “little” things that you notice along the way are pretty amazing, from dropping 5 pants sizes and 4 shirt sizes, to having more energy, to exercising (and actually looking forward to it). A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel. I called my wife just after boarding the plane just to tell her that I had to actually tighten my seat-belt. Over the years, there had been many instances that I could barely get the seat-belt buckled… I tried on an old pair of jeans the other day, there’s actually enough room for another person to fit in them with me. It’s still very hard for me to believe that all of the weight I gained over the last 30 years or so could be lost in such a short period of time. It took just under 7 months to erase all of that, my only regret is that I was too stubborn to take action sooner in my life. Thank you again to Dr. Scinta and all of your tremendous staff. You are all very dedicated to what you do, and are GREAT at it. You have ALL helped me change my life, and to have a much better chance to reach those 90’s that my grandparents made it to!