For February’s Patient of the Month we are happy to recognize Evan for his amazing accomplishments. He has lost of total of 54 lbs and is actively working to maintain his weight loss. The support of the doctors and staff, along with classes, helped Evan to keep his motivation even through the difficult initial adjustments to the program. Evan has seen a boost in not only his physical capabilities but in his confidence and attitude as well. Here is what Evan had to say about his weight loss:
“The first 2 weeks are the hardest – 14 days – stick it out for 14 days and you will not stop!! Once you get going and make it a priority, the lbs really start to fly off. It is very addicting to see constant week after week results and the support from the staff was great! I kept a picture of my Junior year of high school when I weighed 185lbs (which was my goal) with me at all times – every time I had a bad urge or got tempted I looked at the picture and told myself “that cookie will not help you look and feel like this”. It would really help. Similarly, I spent about $1,000 on a new wardrobe before I had lost my weight – so I knew I HAD to get there!
The consistent follow up from Jaelee and Dr. Ziltzer really kept me in check – they were part of my team. The support and classes and constant interaction through the first few months really keeps weight loss a priority and make it easier versus a book or DVD. That human element and support was the difference! Some new activities are consistently running 3-4 miles. Before I started I could barely run 1 mile and my knees and back hurt. Know I can run and play with my 2 year old – I have more energy than him! Similarly, I can do 50 pushups in a row! My best friend from college who I hadn’t seen in about 6 months didn’t recognize me at the airport! My family loves my new, healthier lifestyle! My wife raves about me. My confidence is through the roof.
The results and confidence you get by hitting your goals are fantastic – the compliments you get from people and the knowing that you have done something that is really, really hard is rewarding. It is not how you start. It’s how you finish!”