I have spent the last two summers teaching nutrition, culinary and fitness classes at Wellspring, an organization that specializes in weight loss. (for more info on Wellspring listen to this National Public Radio piece: http://www.npr.org/2011/12/12/142661672/school-transforms-teens-lives-one-pound-at-a-time )
Last summer I worked with Sara, a music teacher from Virginia who has spent years struggling to lose weight. Sara recently got in touch with me to share her continued success and was happy to have me share some of her story on this blog.
What a difference 6 months makes!
Of her transition Sara says, “I discovered how to conquer obstacles that seemed impossible before and was able to change my mindset on exercise, food, and body image.” Sara came to every nutrition workshop with an open mind and a ready pen. Her dedication paid off and by the end of her 6 week stay at Wellspring Sara had lost an astonishing 40 pounds. During the following 6 months Sara lost another 30 pounds for a total of 70 pounds. Sara also lost 55 inches from: bust: 9, waist: 17, hips 14.5 inch, thighs 8, arms 6.5.
Sara used no gimmicks, no pills, no juicing, and no fasting. Sara credits her success to monitoring her diet with daily journaling and following a strict low fat, high fiber, diet. She plans to continue her weight loss and achieve her goal weight. Sara plans to celebrate her success by hiking in Yosemite with close friends.
Beth is a client I worked through Wellspring, a weight loss center. If you would like to hear a NPR story on Wellspring follow the link: http://www.npr.org/2011/12/13/143215482/for-teens-weight-loss-sculpts-new-lives
Beth states: “I’ve been overweight most of my adult life. When I was in high school I thought I was “fat” but probably wasn’t. I got pregnant when I was 17 and from then on I was heavy. In my early 20’s I took Phen Fen and lost some weight. Of course once I stopped taking it and went back to eating truck stop food I gained it all back plus more. About 10 years ago I started working nights and I dropped about 50 pounds. I was able to maintain that weight. Then about 4 years ago I tried Nutrisystem, but I really didn’t loose any weight. After a month or two I gave up. I’m not sure why Wellspring worked so well. Part of it is the fact that I eat less than 20 grams of fat a day. The other is I run everyday and work out (weights) 3 days a week.”
When I worked with Beth she had already lost 78 pounds on her own (from a high of 270), she entered the program in July 2011 at 192 pounds – the photo on the left. Beth came to all my classes and took the task of educating herself about the science of weight loss seriously. Beth learned how to eat slow, and enjoy simple low fat, high fiber meals. When we met again 6 months later she had dropped down to 148 pounds and had met her goal. She is excited to no longer work on dropping weight but concentrate instead on the more modest challenge of maintaining her weight and healthy lifestyle.