Mel: 85 lbs Lost
I’ve always had a weight problem, in high school I think it became evident. My mother always blamed it when we got a TV that was when I started putting weight on and not playing outside which was more the routine before that. So went through high school always overweight. My heaviest I was like 267, and I couldn’t walk very far, I couldn’t shop very long. I began at some level to think I want to live as long as I can. I had a number of conversations with my family doctor, she was just very positive and she recommended the nutrition center. There is something different about this program that appealed to me the most and its physician controlled.
I really enjoyed the program, I am one of those people that please don’t give me 25 choices, give me one or two to get myself started I need discipline. I need some, maybe more of a – I don’t want to say rigid, but in a way I think it is more of a rigid program. You do ABC and D and you do it at 9, 12, 3, 6 and 9. I knew exactly what was expected of me, I had the products with me, I had all variations, little recipes to try and I thoroughly loved the product. I enjoyed the different flavors, the taste, the nutrition and you do feel like your full, you in fact all of a sudden – it would creep up on me that oh my gosh its 4 o’clock and I didn’t get my 3 o’clock meal in. So you keep going and you go, and you see the weight loss along with that.
85 pounds in seven months, I really am at the point where I feel healthy. And I define feeling healthy as being able to do all of the activities I want to do. I can play with my grandkids at the park, I can take a walk with them, I can serve communion at church and run upstairs to serve the upstairs folk. It feels right for me.
I want to live as long as I can, and in order for me to do that I need to take the weight off but I also need to do it in such a way that I can be healthy but maintain it. And there was a precipitating effect that brought me through the door, because I thought about this. I had the brochures, I had information through my family doctor and I was at home and I had dropped a bottle of aspirin or something, hard wood floor so of course they go skittering all the way everywhere they can possibly go. I had slippers on and I bent down to pick them up and I slipped, and I landed on my bottom. No big deal, I didn’t get hurt. I had a terrible time getting up. I managed to pull myself literally crawling into the bedroom, and managed between pieces of furniture to actually get up. I was so heavy I couldn’t get up off the floor, and I thought oh my gosh I live alone, my kids are grown, they’re gone – this isn’t a good way to live.
I have a saying that I really believe in sometimes the pupil has to be ready for the teacher. And I was the pupil and I was ready for the teacher. That was the point in my life I said this is what I need and I’m ready to learn.