I am a retired educator, having spent most of my adult life teaching. I began struggling with my weight after the birth of my first child. I always attributed this weight gain to being less active, and on focusing so much more of my time on my career and my family. I never became sick as a result of my weight gain, but certainly hated the way my clothes fit, and noticed increasing back and joint pains.
I spent years going from diet to diet, convinced that by shear will, I could successfully lose weight. At various times I was able to lose 40 to 60 pounds following at least 5 different diet plans. Invariably, once I reached my goal, or stopped losing, I rapidly went back to my old way of life, and rapidly regained all the weight. Though I tried, I found that once I had done a diet plan, I could never get the same results doing the same plan over. At various times I did Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Medifast, Nutrisystem, and Ideal Protein Diet.
I found that as I got older, it became progressively harder to lose, and I became progressively less mobile. It hurt to walk up a flight of stairs. I found that I couldn’t expect to sit on the floor and play with my grandchildren.
I went to a Health Transitions Clinic seminar hoping for one more diet plan. What I found was a whole new understanding of why I could never keep the weight off. After every successful diet, I went right back to emphasizing whole grains and plenty of healthy fruit, fruit juices and milk.
The fact that I lost over sixty pounds during the ten-month program was not nearly as significant as the understanding that I now had a “dieta”, a way of life that could keep from ever regaining any weight. I feel as though I became ten years younger, but more importantly, I can get down on the floor and play with my grandchildren. The program has changed my life.
Connie participated in a group which included 13 people which met every month between January and November of 2016. During the program she lost 72 pounds, dropping to 149 lbs. Now, four years later, her weight has varied by no more than about five pounds. Her group lost a total of over six hundred pounds, and several members of her group were able to eliminate medications for diabetes, hypertension and GERD (heart burn).