"I tried so many weight loss programs over the years I have lost count of them all"
Ideal Healthy Weight Loss client Melinda shares her story of her struggles, successes with Ideal Protein, why it worked, and how the journey to health never truly ends.
My successes have been mixed – usually weight loss and then weight gain (more than the amount lost). I had to hit rock bottom before going on a weight loss program. For example, someone congratulated me and asked when my baby was due. I WASN’T pregnant. Another time a weight loss counselor called me “M.O.” and I didn’t know what that meant – “morbidly obese”. Thanks for telling me something I already knew.
I came to Ideal Protein when my doctor told me I had to lose weight or go on medication for diabetes. She had heard about the Ideal Protein program and suggested I contact the clinic Ideal Healthy Weight Loss in Avon. I procrastinated until after a cruise vacation but once I saw the pictures of myself from the trip I went to the orientation. My first private meeting with a counselor was a bit scary because the program seemed very strict to me but my head was finally ready and I set out to learn the program. The food protocol was not that difficult to learn and I found that although following the program could be annoying (especially learning to go out to dinner and asking for specific Ideal friendly foods) the weight loss was fast! I lost 65 pounds in 6 months. I felt more energetic, never went on medication (my A1C number went down) and I sure looked good for my son’s wedding pictures!
That first weight loss was four years ago and I would love to tell you that my weight stayed off but I can’t. I continue to struggle and have gained and lost 10-20 pounds 3 times since that first weight loss. And each time I gain weight it takes longer to lose – this latest episode took me 4 months on Phase 1 to lose the 20 pounds to get back to my goal range. But each time I gain and then lose I learn about myself. I am an emotional eater and I reach for food when I let emotions get in the way. I am also a “carboholic” which for me means that when my carb(sugar) levels get too high I can’t stop reaching for more carb rich food. But I am not going to give up. I am coming to accept that I just can’t eat the way I used to before I came to Ideal Protein. I am not going all the way back to where I started. I am going to stay healthy and care for my body. You know that old saying – if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again ……
Over the past four years I have been to other Ideal Protein clinics and found the weight loss support different in each one. I prefer the clinic in Avon because the support is based on medical data. We focus on the medical details in the weight loss number – hydration, lean mass, fat loss % - which helps me understand what caused the weight results. My counselor, Mary, is a nurse and has helped me understand my weight loss/gain medically over the years and she has been incredibly supportive. One of the other clinics in Florida just weighed me for total weight loss and sold me the Ideal Protein products. That was ok because I already knew the Ideal Protein protocol but I just missed the additional information.
Everyone’s weight loss journey is personal. My journey is ongoing and I hope this article helps others who are thinking about going down the same road I did. Good luck!
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