Arthur: 165 lbs Weight Loss
I began 2013 as a morbidly obese diabetic with chronic foot and knee pain, sleep apnea, and taking maximum available dosages of drugs to control my diabetes, cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure. I had been told by an orthopedic surgeon to lose 100 pounds so that the knee replacement he was recommending would be able to last for a reasonable period of time. I needed to purchase two tickets in order to travel on an airplane, and I traveled with a walking stick, slowly, in pain, and not very far before needing to stop and rest. I could only patronize restaurants that had an open table with an armless chair; booths were not an option. If I bent too far over without support I would fall and need assistance to be able to get back up. Even travel by car had become difficult. I could not climb up into most pickup trucks or SUVs, and the center consoles that are now in most cars kept me from moving far enough into the vehicle to allow closing the door without being squeezed between the door and the console. The seat belt had to be fastened before closing the door.
That January 2013 I became aware of the weight loss program offered by Scottsdale Weight Loss Center (SWLC) using Optifast meal replacement products. I enrolled in their most severe 20-week Jump Start program and experienced immediate positive results. By the end of the 20-week program I had dropped 96 pounds and life was drastically improving! The CPAP breathing assistant machine that I had needed in order to sleep at night for the past 20 years was gone. My prescription drug dosages were cut by at least 50%, and all of my aches and pains were either gone or vastly reduced. Knee replacement surgery was no longer being considered. I was also buying clothes for considerably less money off the racks at local stores instead of at the Big & Tall specialty stores.
Enthralled with the program results I continued on into the next phase of transitioning from total meal replacements to eating regular foods. Armed with the nutritional, exercise and psychological knowledge gained in the 20+ excellent classes offered by SWLC using and building upon the Optifast class modules, life keeps getting better. One year after enrolling in the program, I had dropped over 165 pounds. I have now dropped half of my previous weight, eliminated all medications for diabetes, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, and am living pain-free! I have a treadmill in the house which I can now use for the first time in over 5 years.
I enjoy live theatre, but have never been able to attend a Broadway show because I couldn’t fit into the available seats. I would love to fulfill the dream of attending a Broadway show while visiting New York as the 2014 winner of the Optifast New You Contest!