What your friends/family have said about the “new” you:
My parents, brothers, and sisters-in-law tell me that I’ve inspired them to begin new healthy habits. Now, my dad and I do yoga twice a week together; one of my brothers and his wife have joined the CrossFit movement; my other brother and his wife are not only making better food choices for themselves, but also for their one-and-a-half year old daughter; and my fiancé started the “Couch 2 5K” running program and helps me prepare meals that are conducive with what I learned through the Scottsdale Weight Loss classes –- he’s lost 15 pounds!
My friends are constantly asking for my advice, to the point where I’ve started cataloguing my shopping lists, recipes, food logs, and workout routines to send to my friends and family!
Unusual methods that you used for conquering bad food/fitness habits and developing new ones:
I began the program on the full replacement plan. This didn’t work for me because I would feel satisfied during the day, but I would go to bed hungry. After speaking with Dr. Primack, I began the partial replacement plan. This forced me to prepare my meals at home, which allowed me to control what went into what I cooked. (i.e., exactly how much olive oil, what kind of milk, etc.). Furthermore, I could plate my meals following appropriate servings sizes, which I learned to read properly in the classes with Tiffani and Franne. Keeping a food log was also integral in the beginning: it kept me accountable for every single piece of food that I put into my mouth and it forced me to be honest with myself about my eating habits. Through this, I discovered new ingredients and recipes that I now really love and that I can make and share with my fiancé.
As far as fitness is concerned, it became something that I needed to schedule into a specific timeslot in order to do it. I didn’t initially have the willpower to just say, “I’ll exercise at some point today” because that point would never come. Knowing that, for example, 7:00am to 8:00am was reserved specifically for exercising took the pressure off and motivated me to check it off of my to do list. I started with just walking on the treadmill or using the elliptical, but as the weight came off I started taking yoga and, with the help of a trainer, started strength training to develop muscle and a stronger core. Exercising is now something as regular in my schedule as brushing my teeth. I don’t even think twice about doing it, and it’s something that I enjoy.
New activities I can now do because I have lost weight:
While I have more stamina and energy, the things that I can do now that make me the happiest are probably things that most people overlook. When I went to Disneyland with my fiancé I fit in all of the rides that we went on. I can fit comfortably in an airline seat, my fiancé can pick me up without my worrying that he will throw his back out, I don’t feel like the large, odd-woman-out in an exercise class and I can shop in stores that don’t cater exclusively to plus-size women. Physically, I can run (!!!) without my knees buckling. I can go for a hike, I can work out for an hour and I am more flexible.
Challenges I have overcome during the weight loss process:
I was stuck in a cycle of inactivity and poor nutrition and I knew I needed to break it, but I didn’t know where to start – that’s where Scottsdale Weight Loss Center came into the picture. My initial blood work showed that I was prediabetic, and that was a true health scare for me. Now, I have normal test results and lower blood pressure. Ultimately, I considered my high weight and unhealthy lifestyle to be quite a challenge, so overcoming that is an accomplishment. I have about 10 more pounds to lose before I reach my goal, and then I’ll have a new challenge: weight maintenance.
Inspiring ideas, thoughts, advice, or anecdotes:
Well, my first piece of advice is to stick out the program: if you can survive the first two weeks, I think that you can survive anything! Next, I would advise that you stay kind to, and patient with yourself. This is a tough program. My weight loss was not consistent: one week I would lose 6 pounds, the next I would lose one, and I tended to question what I had done wrong that second week. This is not a good mindset! Just stay consistent and honest and you will achieve your goals. Finally, something that worked well for me was placing motivational pictures and quotes throughout my house. I searched Google Images for “exercise motivation” and came up with many: above my TV is “someone who is busier than you is running right now.” On my bathroom mirror is “you don’t need to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” On my refrigerator is “you can either be sore tomorrow or you can be sorry tomorrow. You choose.” On my door to my garage is “no matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.” These serve as daily reminders not only to do something active, but also do have a positive outlook while I do it.
Why Scottsdale Weight Loss Center’s program is different than what you’ve previously tried:
Scottsdale Weight Loss Center (SWLC)’s weekly appointments kept me in check. I’d think, “I have an appointment and weigh-in in two days, so I need to make sure I’m really sticking to the program!” because I wanted to see positive results. The classes were also imperative to my weight loss. The classes on motivation, body image, and stressors were really important and relevant to my life because I needed to keep up momentum. I am a 25-year-old woman reeling with poor body image from being overweight for so long, and I am in school, I work, and I’m planning a wedding, so I have plenty of stressors in my life! All of the classes with the RDs were excellent because I feel like I learned so much about how different nutrients and vitamins nourish our bodies, and what proportions of each we should eat each day. I learned a lot about food myths, reading nutritional information, and even how to grocery shop.
SWLC is different from other programs because they encourage healthy weight loss with long-term results and they give you the tools for maintenance, while other programs encourage quick weight loss with nearly no education on maintenance. SWLC’s program gives you the skills to keep the weight off and allows you lifelong access to classes and the doctors, so if you ever get off track, they’re still available to get you back to where you want to be!
What I liked most about the program:
Other than the results, what I like most about the program is the staff: they’re genuinely kind people and they make coming to appointments and classes an absolute pleasure. I came into Scottsdale Weight Loss Center for the first time feeling self-conscious and just generally awful about myself, but my attitude did a quick 180-degree turn after I was greeted by the front desk staff and the medical team.
The products are also really tasty… I have the chocolate Optifast HP shake for breakfast every day!