In May 2018 I was driving to work and I felt like the button on my pants was going to fly off and hit the windshield. I was so uncomfortable and so disgusted with myself. I had been working out consistently, but ignoring my nutrition. My family was eating out more than we needed to and when we ate at home, the unhealthy side dishes filled the majority of my plate. That day I spoke to my sister and my husband and told them both I had to do something, even if it was wrong, I needed to make a change. I made an appointment for a check up and swallowed my pride as I asked about The Healthy Weigh Now. I was a college athlete, I worked out 5 days a week, I knew what I was supposed to do to lose weight, but I wasn’t doing it. I needed structure, a goal, and accountability. The informational meeting got me excited and also scared me to death. How could I possibly make such drastic changes? It was a lot to digest (pun intended) and I spent the next few days reading through the paperwork while still eating everything I could find, the unhealthier the better. I met with Rosie on a Thursday afternoon and vowed to start the next day. I haven’t looked back since that decision was made. I’ve stumbled and I’m definitely not perfect, but I’m not the same person I was the day I walked into Rosie’s office. I began my journey while my husband began his, he chose a program that worked for him and he supported me every step of the way. We experimented with recipes, we discovered 101 ways to roast veggies, and every day we got a little healthier. Every little choice led to a new lifestyle for us and our children. I didn’t really understand what people meant when they said it had to be a lifestyle change, not a diet, but all of a sudden I knew exactly what they meant.
This journey has been about so much more than the weight. I am more intentional now, not just in my food, but in every aspect of my life. I don’t think it’s an accident that during this journey my husband and I also started a journey to get financially healthy, we’d always been pretty good with money, but not great. Just like my lifestyle, I was doing some things right and some things very wrong. So we made big changes there as well and now I feel like we are in a better place than we’ve ever been. My husband and I have been together for 25 years, we met as young high schoolers, and this journey has made our marriage better than ever.
As of today, I’ve lost 70lbs, I went from nearly busting out of my size 18 pants to being able to buy petite medium clothes off the rack without even trying them on. My husband has lost 55lbs. We feel like new people and I think it’s true that life really does begin at 40. My journey is not over, I still have about 15lbs of fat that I plan to lose, this part of the process has been slower, but I know that if I stay focused, I’ll get there. You can do this and you are worth it. Work hard and stay consistent and you’ll find success, not just in your pant size, but in your whole life. This program has been life changing.
My name is Paul and this is my health and wellness journey. In 2017, I was at my peak weight of 245lbs. I was always tired, had no energy, I wasn’t sleeping well, and I lacked motivation for everyday things. I had a health scare which led me to get my first physical in many years. Doctor told me that I was Pre-Diabetic and if I stayed on this course it will eventually become Diabetic. I left the doctor’s office thinking hard about my life, my future, my family and my overall health. I came to a crossroad and decided to correct my course.
Based on my doctor’s recommendation, I joined The Healthy Weigh Now. Thanks to Rosie, I began a life-changing journey. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into at first. The thought of having to lose weight seemed like a daunting and discouraging task. Day after day, week after week, and eventually month after month, I kept at it…10lbs, 20lbs, 30lbs. The impossible became a reality and eventually it was part of my daily routine.
Fast forward to a little over a year, my cholesterol is much better, my A1C counts are drastically down, my blood pressure is good, I sleep very well, and overall, I lost 75lbs total. I went from a 2X-Large to Medium shirt size, from size 40 pants to 32. Overall, I feel great (like I’m 30 again!), full of energy and I’m healthier. I continue to eat healthy and I work out four to five times a week at the gym to get fit and maintain my health. What started off as an unbearable task has turned into a lifestyle. Being healthy is my normal now.
This past year has motivated me to better myself through health, wellness and fitness. As part of this journey, I’ve worked hard to become a Certified Fitness Instructor. As I share my fitness story, I have the privilege of helping others in their fitness journey.
After taking cancer medication for a long period, Jackie had gained a lot of weight, as high as 280 lbs. She started getting herself healthy, but after a while reached a plateau around 230. Our general practitioner at Fairfax Family Practice, Dr. Amy Nobu, suggested the Healthy Weigh Now program, which was being done at Fairfax Family Practice, and which she had other patients who had success with.
The doctors told Jackie that these kind of programs work best when you do it as a family – that way you don’t have the situation where one family member is trying to ‘be good’ and eat healthy, while surrounded in the house by unhealthy (but highly tempting!) foods which your fellow family members are eagerly consuming. I was doubtful because I had previously lost what I then thought was a good amount of weight (going from 220 to 200 lbs.), only to gain it back when I thought I had lost all the weight I had to and could now relax ‘a bit’ (maybe a lot?).
When I started Healthy Weigh Now, I weighed over 220 lbs., and Jackie weighed 230. I thought, maybe if this is successful, I’ll be able to get my weight down to 175 lbs. or so and then I’d be happy and call it a success. But I was a bit fearful about my ability to succeed because I thought I’d start getting too hungry from eating so much less and wouldn’t be able to keep it up. Rosie quickly showed us that these fears were unfounded, because they were based on incorrect assumptions:
First, ‘weight’ is not the main factor I should be concerned about: The important factor is the percentage of body fat – if you get that to the right percentage, then your weight will reach the level which is appropriate for you. When I started Healthy Weigh Now, my body fat percentage was nearly 38%.
Secondly, you DO NOT eat less in this program – you eat MORE vegetables, more unprocessed lean protein. There’s no way you are going hungry!
THEN and Rosie kept us focused on the program through the whole year – we recently celebrated our one-year Healthy Weigh Now anniversary! She has given us encouragement when we had successes and kept us upbeat and focused through the inevitable ups and downs. Now, my body fat percentage is around 13%, and I have lost over 80 pounds, both much greater progress than I ever thought possible! Jackie has lost over 50 lbs. and is still working to get her fat percentage down to the optimum range but is no longer taking any prescription medications. She will continue her weight loss journey.
Most importantly, we’ve learned a new way to eat, conscious of a proper balance of protein, carbs and fats. Perhaps the most important part of the program is the lifetime membership and continuing support we receive from Rosie, even as we transition from weight loss to maintenance, so we can continue to eat right throughout our lives and the gains that we made don’t end up being lost through reversion to bad habits.