Roseanna at Doctors Wellness Center was collecting some testimonials for their corporate office and asked me to do one. I have been trying to post a pdf of it, but keep having issues. So here is the text and before/after pictures. Most of y’all know the story, but I wanted to share it. Even I was surprised looking at the before and after pictures.
I am a woman of 45 – with the palate of a five year old – who has improved my life through exercise and healthier eating via Doctors Wellness Center.
I was on my first diet in fourth grade and have had a love-hate relationship with food ever since. Needless to say, I’ve always struggled with my weight.
When my grandmother came to live with my parents, I had a midlife crisis of sorts when I realized that when I got to my grandmother’s age, I may not have anyone to help take care of me. I decided then and there that I needed to take proactive steps to improve my health – it’s hard enough aging without extra weight working against you.
Enter Doctors Wellness Center. I was 44, overweight and out of shape when I signed up for Doctors Wellness Center’s 12 week wellness program through my employer, the City of Columbia. I was skeptical – I’d tried to lose weight so many times before to no avail – but decided to give it a try. I started in September, 2010 and haven’t looked back.
A little over a year later, I’m a new woman:
- I’ve completely given up fast food, processed food and soft drinks.
- An avowed vegetable hater since childhood, I’m now incorporating them into my meals.
- I exercise daily, and I even have some muscle definition.
- My blood pressure has gone down, and my fitness level has gone up, dramatically.
- I’ve gone from a size 20w to a 10p.
- My weight is down to 146 lbs. from a starting weight of 229 lbs.
The best thing is that the changes I’ve made are now a part of my lifestyle, not some short-term solution to lose a few pounds. With the knowledge and experience I gained from Doctors Wellness Center, my new lifestyle is now second nature, and I’m confident that I will maintain it.
In closing, I share what is perhaps my greatest source of pride. I recently celebrated my 45th birthday, and the biggest present was the number on the scales. A year after starting Doctors Wellness Center, I was not only 83 lbs. lighter, but the same weight as I was as a college freshman some 28 years ago.