I’m a wife, mother, and grandmother. I have always been comfortable putting all of the focus on my family, that way I didn’t have to focus on myself. The boys are involved in a variety of after school activities so I stay involved as a booster member, not to mention I also have staff and committee meetings to attend at school. My mother also lives alone so I try to spend a few evenings a week with her.
After many years of not paying attention to myself, my weight skyrocketed and my health plummeted. What’s worse is I feel like I’ve led my family into the same situation. My husband was overweight and my youngest two sons still living at home were following suit. Some days, I feel like my alarm is the starting bell to a race and doesn’t stop until I hit the pillow at night. If I was going to keep up at this pace, I knew I had to make a change.
I needed a weight loss program that gave me a daily intake plan to follow with guided food choices. I didn’t do well with the “eat whatever you want and still lose weight” weight loss programs. Following MWLC, I’m encouraged to make well balanced meals from all of the food groups, something I haven’t done in the past. We are all losing weight!
Prepping food for the week is key to our success. Making sure supplement bars are on hand for the kids and easy to grab snacks keep us all from veering off plan.
We all started as a family in April last year and by Halloween, I’d lost sixty pounds. It was great seeing everyone over the holidays and for the first time I didn’t mind the attention. I’ve maintained the weight loss and now that spring is here, I’m ready to set another weight loss goal. Shedding another 25 pounds will have me looking forward to clothes shopping for the summer!
Support varies from family, friends, and even sometimes in the workplace. Joining colleagues in a weight loss challenge at work will keep me motivated more than ever.
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Izaak and Ben are the two youngest out of our five children. They joined Medical Weight Loss Clinic with my husband Mike and I. At age 17 and 18, Izaak and Ben are our last two children living at home with us. Their older brother and sisters are off on their own with their own families. The four of us decided as a family to clean out the house, lose weight and learn to eat what our bodies needed to be healthy.
Izaak, the baby, is my homebody. He’s quiet and loves hanging out at home with the family. Marching Band is his social time with friends and this is his third year marching for his high school. Since joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic, Izaak has lost 52 pounds. He told me, “Marching in the hot heat at summer camp and all of the football games was so much easier this year after losing weight.”
Ben is the social one out of my boys. He’s always on the go. Like me, Ben has always struggled with weight and maintaining good eating habits. We LOVE FOOD! After deciding not to play sports this year, Ben’s weight climbed. When I asked Ben what his goal was, he said, “I need to keep trying. I want to get this weight off.”
Our biggest support system is the staff at the Clinton Township location. They helped the boys put together a customized menu that made the program work during their school days. Ben and Izaak both say, “School is easy now. Our biggest struggle is the weekend and when we’re out with friends.” Our team at Medical Weight Loss Clinic help the boys make wiser choices when ordering out with friends. They educate them on how to pick their protein, starch, etc. so they stick as close to the plan as possible. For example, the boys struggle with pasta and chips. A good substitute has been Special K™ chips. Another great substitute the boys have learned is replacing pop and energy drinks with tea. New favorites now are sauteed peppers, onions, and mushrooms with every dinner.
When I ask them if they had any tips for staying motivated through the cold weather, “The best way to stay on track is to keep busy and drink lots of water.”
There are weeks that have been a struggle for them. They’re teenagers! The best thing I can do is keep encouraging and reminding them of the awesome accomplishment they’ve made by sticking with it and that every bit of effort counts!
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We had little will power on our own, but together we had the power to make the change. My husband Mike, our two boys Ben (17yrs) and Izaak (16yrs), and I, collectively agreed enough was enough. My name is Rosa and this is my story. We were your typical diet shoppers, trying this program and that program. We cheered each other on when one of us attempted to make a change in our life. Inevitably, it always ended up in disappointment. We would gain back everything we lost and then some.
This is the first time we are ALL in it together. My two teenage boys participated in the kitchen cleanout. We gave away all of the boxes, cans, bags, and bottles. I called the closest Medical Weight Loss Clinic and the voice on the phone didn’t make us wait for an appointment. “Come on in and let’s talk.” she said. Jeannine invited us into her office and had just the right sense of humor that put my teens at ease. As the mom, I felt a tremendous sense of guilt sitting in her office listening to my boys talk about the number they wished the scale would read one day.
Since then, everyone at our MWLC welcomes us with positive thoughts and encouragement. I know we’re at the right place when I hear Ben and Izaak open up to the staff about why they’re there and what difficulties they are facing for that day. I will tell you that the school day is the most challenging for them. Our friends at MWLC listen to Ben and Izaak’s concerns. They tweak and tailor their menu choices regularly to make lunchtime and snacks at school manageable. Every Sunday evening, we all sit at the kitchen table prepping our food for the week. Ben is really good at creating our grocery list and meals for the week. Izaak and I measure, cut and bag up items for lunches and snacks for easy access for being on –the-go. We all agree Mike is the best cook so I’ve gladly left that job for him.
Today, I’ve lost 60.5 pounds and my boys (husband included) are feeling just as successful. We’re still working toward the goals we’ve set for ourselves. Every day and every weigh in, I watch my family move toward a healthier and happier life.
PS: I texted this to the boys when we began changing our way of living life. I still send it to them when I know we have a day of temptation coming up (holidays, parties, etc).
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