Weight Management Program Of Salem Saved My Life
5 out of 5 - by Ronda W. on Jul 27, 2012
I started the program at 314 lbs. I'd been morbidly obese my entire life, and had never been able to successfully lose weight. In fact at over 300 lbs., I had so far to go that it seemed totally, completely, and hopelessly out-of-reach.
Weight Management Program of Salem helped me lose 150 lbs. over the next year and a half. It's now nearly 3 years since I discovered them, and I've maintained my weight loss within around 10 lbs. ever since!
The keys to their program for me were:
1) The Doctor, Program Staff & Coaches: The doc is SO sweet and encouraging. The staff lights up my day every time I enter the building. The encouragement and hope they gave me was JUST what I needed to make it through the long haul. My maintenance coach Kim is a SUPERSTAR of motivation and unconditional support.
2) Tools & Structure: Using HealthOne meal replacements for the first phase was key to "getting off" my normal, unhealthy eating patterns. It's the closest thing a person can go to cold turkey with food, because let's face it, a girl's still gotta eat! I had major losses in the first weeks, which was encouraging enough to continue the (admittedly difficult) process, and learning to use food for fuel instead of comfort, entertainment, etc. was a big part. Going into the 2nd phase, I learned about portion sizes, nutrition, and tools to keep on track. I could go on and on, and will if anyone wants to email me in person. :)
3) Ongoing Weekly Support: Having to go weigh-in and write my stats on the board every week for my classmates to see was hugely motivating (not in a punitive way, but in an educational, sharing way). Now that I’m in Maintenance class (and plan to continue with them as long as they’ll let me), checking in with my fellow WMP-ers keeps me focused and/or helps me re-commit as needed…EVERY WEEK. That’s huge, because as we all know, it’s almost easier to lose weight than to keep it off…
I would endorse Weight Management Program of Salem from the highest mountain-tops if I could. It has made that much of an impact on my life. Here's to adding years of health and happiness to my life, WMP. Thanks!!!