I decided to seek help with weight loss for the overall goal of feeling better about my health and having more energy.
I realized I was limiting myself to social invites from friends because I had low self-esteem due to my weight gain over the past few years. My acupuncturist, Ted Ray, referred me to GreenLite Medicine and I started the program on June 28, 2010.
Holly, my health educator, and I clicked immediately and I knew she was the right person to meet with me weekly. Holly encourages me even when I may hit those small plateaus and offers alternative options to try. I had grown skeptical of weight loss plans and if they would actually work for me.
Over the years, I had tried everything from Weight Watchers to physician-monitored liquid diets and each time gained all of the weight back within a year. I picked GreenLite because the plan uses real food, is physician and nutritionist monitored and is simple to follow. I researched reviews on Yelp as well. I am impressed with the personable staff – from the nutritionists to the front desk, everyone is always available to answer any questions or offer tips on recipes. As an added bonus my medical Flex spend plan is also covering the cost.
Before GreenLite, I had been working out 4-6 days a week for years, but the scale never budged. After signing up with GreenLite, I also consulted with a personal trainer at my gym. I schedule my workouts daily, otherwise it would be too easy to skip the gym. I love the circuit and spin classes because there are other people in the group, and that makes me feel more accountable.
Three years ago I never would have thought I would be doing a spin class, but now I really look forward to it. Working out has become a lifestyle change and I really do look forward to it, at least most days!
My eating habits have changed drastically as well. I tend to grill all of my meats and veggies; it’s quick, easy and no added fat. I mix a little Greek yogurt with a tablespoon of hummus for a veggie dip. The recipes I have tried and use regularly from GreenLite are the pumpkin pie (I make it in individual ramekin cups), the green beans with citrus and almonds, the egg muffins and the meatloaf (put into muffin tins for easy individual servings). I cook cedar plank salmon once a week and mix fresh dill with Greek yogurt and lemon for a yummy garnish. I also always weigh ALL of my proteins.
My nightly treat is either sugar free Jell-O, the GreenLite hot cocoa with a little whip cream or an apple with Better than Peanut Butter (a tasty spread with lower fat/sugar than PB you can get at Trader Joe’s). As a reward treat when I hit 40 pounds of weight loss, I treated myself to a “mini” Kara’s Cupcake on Santana Row. It allowed a splurge, but I didn’t feel guilty on over indulging with a full serving of a dessert.
It may sound vain, but for the first time in my life I actually fit into brands of designer jeans! I have gone from a size 16 to an 8 so far and my personal goal is to lose one more size. I bought my first pair of True Religion jeans; when I tried them on in the past I couldn’t even get them past my knees. I have also been looking forward to more social activities with old friends, where in the past I would have declined because I felt down and had nothing to wear. I took all of my “fat” clothes to the Goodwill and consignment stores, a total of 20 bags to date. I don’t want the big clothes to fall back on. It’s been fun buying new styles of form fitting clothes. I set a reminder to clean out any too big clothes every 6 weeks and donate them.
I work remotely and recently attended my company holiday party in San Diego. Everyone was shocked at the change in my body/appearance. It was nice to hear people asking how they could do it as well. It’s also refreshing that for the first time in many years, my New Year’s resolution will not be to lose weight and go to the gym, I am ahead of the game this time.
I have never been a fan of the scale, but now weigh myself every day. It keeps me accountable and I think I will continue to do that even after maintenance. I have worked too hard to let the weight come back again, I am 100% motivated to keep it off for the long term.