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Vicky's Weight Loss Story

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Before and After Pictures: Unfortunately, pictures were not available for this patient.

Age: 43
Program: First Step (First Step)
Start Date: 11/19/09
End Date: 4/7/10

Weight Changes:

  • Weight Loss (during program): 166.7 to 147.4 (lost 19.3 lbs and 11.6% of her starting weight)
  • Body Mass Index (BMI change): 27 to 24

Body Composition Changes:

  • Body Fat%: 36.3% to 28% (reduced body fat by 8.3%)

Overcoming Obstacles (in patient's own words):

"My biggest challenge was changing a number of ideas I had about food, including how much I really needed each day. Going in, I was a heavy believer in low-carb eating, but so much so that my diet lacked balance and proper nutrition. My diet now includes a broader range of foods that formerly I never would have allowed myself, such as wheat tortillas or beans. These changes provide better nutrition and enough variety so I don’t get frustrated. But it took me a long time to come around to this."

"The second key thing was learning about how a moderate intake of calories really is enough. Because I was exercising a lot, I took in about 1400 calories a day to continue losing. I was surprised to discover that was enough. In maintenance, I average about 1600 a day, and feel like that gives me a little leeway, and I’m not hungry."

"For me, the psych support was the reason I joined the Weight Management Center. To make lasting changes, I knew I had to put away old ideas that weren’t serving me. There was a reason I gained and lost 20 pounds every two years, and I wanted to change those behaviors."

UPDATE (6/23/10)
(from Vicky)

"I recently returned from 9 days in Italy during which I did not place any dietary restrictions on myself. Given that I ate more carbs than usual and a little more alcohol than usual, I am happy to report I did not gain any weight. I attribute that to lots of walking, a lot of fresh food served in sensible portions. I did try to keep a running tally of calories consumed during the day but did not fret about it."

"At any rate, I am happy with my success at maintaining my weight loss in these first few months after leaving the program. I attribute that to the things I learned with you all – and with my new mindset about things. Though it’s not easy every day."

"Even though it was only about 20 pounds that I lost, my life and outlook have changed significantly. I am happier than I can recall being in many years."


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