Gina’s Weight Loss Success Story
The Goal Isn’t To Be Perfect. The Goal Is To Get Better and to Never Ever Stop
My struggle in managing my weight began shortly after I was married in 2001. Between my full-time career as an Industrial Engineer and raising 5 children, I had very little time to think about myself and overall well-being. Carting the children to and from extracurricular activities meant there were many nights passing through a drive through window. It was our norm!
Years have passed, the children (for the most part) are all grown up now. I found myself with an opportunity to focus on “ME” for a change. My journey did not begin out of wanting to “look” better – after all my husband loves me regardless of my size. My journey began because I wanted to BE better – and be a good role model for my children.
I considered Scottsdale Weight Loss Center many years ago – however due to our budget at the time in raising our family – I decided to hold off. I tried to manage my weight on my own with Weight Watchers. It was a good program and I experienced success. However, I remember feeling ravenous looking at nutrition labels and thinking “I don’t have time to calculate points! I’m starving!” I didn’t have enough time to prepare my meals each day.
In 2016, my son graduated college. I couldn’t find pants stretchy enough to accommodate my wide hips. The beautiful heels I used to wear were no longer a safe option for me as I couldn’t balance my body on them anymore. I couldn’t tie my shoes and buckling my sandals was an acrobatic act. I went to his graduation knowing I wasn’t looking my best – but more importantly – interiorly -I wasn’t feeling my best anymore. My confidence and self-love were at an all-time low.
My journey with Scottsdale Weight Loss Center began on May 4, 2016- the day I met and spoke to Angela. I think she knew I was fighting back tears as we spoke, her personality was very peaceful and calming. She is now that friend I look for every time I walk in because with each wave and “hello!’, it is also my “Thank You! Thank you for getting me started!” She placed me with Dr. Ziltzer and I couldn’t be happier. Dr. Z really looks out for me!!! He has encouraged me to work on my health from different perspectives. Nutrition. Education. Fitness. I began with Optifast Full Meal Replacements which were awesome. I had no trouble adhering to the meals and they really helped catapult my progress! The classes were so beneficial to me because they helped change my thinking about how I viewed health, nutrition, and fitness. I plan on taking them all again! The changes my own children have made as a result of seeing my progress are priceless. My oldest daughter now trains with me 4 times a week at the gym. My younger daughter gets up 15 minutes earlier every morning to pack herself healthy lunches as she now has a new-found interest in nutrition. These are changes we would not have experienced had I not walked into the office that afternoon of May 4th.
I always remind myself…” The Goal Isn’t To Be Perfect. The Goal Is To Get Better and to Never Ever Stop.” I will always have my relationship with Scottsdale Weight Loss Center and Dr. Ziltzer. They truly helped me change my life forever.