“I felt hopeless, unhappy, and desperately needed to lose weight and get healthy! I was a 61 year old woman who was obese, with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetic, with history of T.I.A., and a host of other medical issues.
I had tried every “diet”, “weight loss”, “ near starvation”, “low-fat, no fat, no carbs”, “Medical Weight Loss”, “Weight Watchers” program available. Able to lose weight, but unable to maintain it! I had been on the ultimate roller coaster ride for most of my adult life!
I thought I was just unable to lose the weight and keep it off! This in itself is damaging to your health and does nothing for your emotions or self-esteem.
While getting results of my (every 3 month) lab work from my doctor, I noticed a flyer posted in her office. I discussed the idea of the program with her and she felt it would be a good idea. The very next day, I contacted the IPC Wellness Center, got an appointment within a few days to be interviewed by the Attending Physician and the Registered Nutritionist, Jill Gettle. During our meeting, the program and costs were explained in great detail. I have to admit, the cost was a little daunting. However, I weighed my options! Not seeing my Grandchildren grow-up, possibly being in a wheelchair the rest of my life, OR, using funds for myself that would no doubt be used partially for an unhealthy life style! Well, I chose “ME”!!! I signed up that very day!! As it turns out, one of the best days of my life. I put the brakes on the roller coaster and turned my life around!
With the help of Dr. Klein and Jill Gettle, I was placed on the “New Direction” program. That was 2/4/16. My weight that day was 235 lbs. With the program I was monitored and attended class weekly. I followed the program exactly and dedicated myself to creating a healthy lifestyle. On 7/28/2016 (my 62 birthday) I weighed in at 165 lbs.
During the program, you are not only monitored, you attend class each week. There you learn how to eat healthy, exactly what your body needs to sustain, exercise, and to take a really good look at reasons why your emotions play such a roll in overeating or what I call “mind-less eating”! I learned that I can and do love myself for who I am, not using food to cover up my feelings and emotions. It is a very positive life changing program. I am still learning something new in each class. I’m learning step by step how to maintain my weight loss.
The staff is thoughtful, kind and always cheering you on. Yes, there are hurdles! However, I found (out of all the other programs in my past) that this program IS THE VERY BEST! It’s a healthy eating for life program! Absolutely, NOT “a diet”! I was not hungry, lost the cravings I usually had on a weight loss program, I did not feel deprived. It was easy to stay dedicated with the help of the staff, and Jill.
Classes are welcoming, calm, and full of a wealth of knowledge. Things I never got from other programs! Plus, we all support and encourage each other!
I can honestly say, this is by far, the very best program. It works, if you work too!
Since completing the active weight loss phase of the plan on 7/28/16, I have continued to follow what I’ve learned from Jill and have lost an additional 15 lbs. YES, that’s a total of 85 lbs!!!! I feel WONDERFUL! My blood pressure is controlled with less medication, my depression is gone, cholesterol levels are excellent, my hair and skin look great, I have a smile that used to be hard to find. AND, I look “AMAZING”! If I do say so myself!
I would definitely recommend this program to anyone. If you feel hopeless, sad, and feel nothing can change – you need to give this program a chance! You won’t be disappointed! It changed my life and, can change yours too!”
Sharon A. -- Weight Management Program Participant