From jobs to relationships, people deal with a lot of things they’re unhappy about for a long time before they finally make a lasting change. And the same is true for weight that creeps up on them. Many of our patients at Medical Weight Loss Clinic accepted weight gain as a new normal for a while or even struggled with it for decades before they decided to take control of their future and commit to a long-term plan.
One thing they each have in common is that they made the life-changing decision to join MWLC, but each person’s story about what led them here is as unique as they are. Here’s what motivated three patients to join a MWLC program and how that decision affected their lives.
A Milestone Birthday
Tony Territo was looking ahead to his 50th birthday when he called MWLC in June 2016. He wanted to look and feel his best for that milestone the next year. He said he’d reached a point with his health where he knew he needed support to turn it around.
“I was at a really low place with how I felt about myself and how big I was,” he said. “Nothing I tried worked to get the weight off — and keep it off. I couldn't stand the way I felt or looked.”
Before MWLC, Tony had never committed to programs that required him to pay, but something clicked when he heard a MWLC commercial one day, and he decided to give it a try.
Three years later, and with support from clinic staff, family and friends, Tony has dropped over 70 pounds and continues to weight in weekly. With better health thanks to the program, he’s off cholesterol and blood pressure medication. “After meeting with Emily at the clinic, I thought maybe I could do this because, I wouldn't be counting calories and they would be teaching the right way to eat and get healthy,” he recalls. “This was not a diet, it was a lifestyle change.”
A Desire to Get Back to Living
“I felt like I was just existing and not living my life.”
That’s how Kim M. described her mental state when she decided to visit the Grandville clinic.
“I hit an all-time low when my feet hurt so badly, I would crawl into bed or scuff my feet when I walked. My back hurt so badly I had a hard time getting out of bed,” she recalled. “I hated shopping because nothing fit and if it did, I hated how it looked on my body. I dreaded going out and found myself sleeping more and more.”
In less than six months of working with the MWLC team, Kim lost 70 pounds, and got back to living.
“I am now amazed at how good I feel after taking off 70 pounds,” she said. “Not only am I walking, I am starting to run without any pain! I have purchased an entirely new wardrobe and for the first time in years, I order online and it actually fits!! I think twice about any food I put into my body. MWLC has given me the tools to make better food choices, but it’s up to me what I do with that information. I have gained self-confidence and enjoy going out now. So many people have supported me in this journey and it feels amazing. My goal is to run a 5K race.”
A Dream of Living Pain-Free
At a size 16, Kelly H. struggled with everyday activities. Everything from getting in and out of her car to applying body lotion to trimming her to nails was a challenge.
“The biggest struggle I had was pain in all of my joints from the excess weight,” she recalled. “I looked terrible in pictures, and buying clothes was not fun because everything had to be shortened. Being only 10 pounds lighter than my husband was heartbreaking to me.
“When I started this program, I knew it would work because I wanted it to so bad.”
By committing to the lifestyle change that is a MWLC program — from the meals to journaling — with the support of her family and friends, Kelly lost 59 pounds in 26 weeks. That brought her size 16 down to a size 4, and those everyday tasks are no bother.
“This has changed my life, and I still can’t believe it’s me when I look in the mirror!” she said.
“Physically, I feel like I’m in my 20s again, and I just signed up to do my second 5K race. Emotionally, I have a hard time explaining it because I get choked up. I never realized how much my weight bothered me until I lost it and now I can’t believe I lived with it for so long.”
If you are ready to become the next Medical Weight Loss Clinic success story, contact us today at 1-800-GET-SLIM or online to schedule your free consultation.