Barb Myers was experiencing heartburn, her blood sugar was high and she had developed non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Both her gastroenterologist and her cardiologist told her she needed to lose 30 pounds.
With her 40th high school reunion right around the corner, Barb looked in the mirror and faced facts—she’d gained an average of a pound a year since graduating.
So when she heard about Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s new Weight Loss Center, she was immediately interested. She attended an informational meeting about the program and was asked if she’d like to give it a try.
“Yes,” she replied, “because if I walk out this door right now, I'm not going to be any different than when I walked in. I came here for a reason. Yes, I want to sign up."
That was six months and 26 pounds ago.
“It's a lot of changing your mindset,” Barb says, “how you look at your life, your food, how you live and the choices that you make.”
And it was the new Weight Loss Center that taught Barb—who had been on Weight Watchers for years—how to do it.
The Fisher-Titus Medically Managed Weight Loss Program lasts 12 weeks. Participants begin their journey by meeting with a team of medical specialists, including physicians, dietitians, physical therapists and behavioral health practitioners. The program then offers three options for weight loss, each one geared to individual goals.
At the beginning of the program, Barb’s resting metabolic rate was checked to help set her individualized goals. The plan was to consume 1,200 calories a day, with an emphasis on fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates.
“The dietician talks to you, which is nice,” Barb says. “You get somebody that's an actual expert on this, the whole process. I think that's real helpful, rather than just some group leader that's saying, ‘If you follow this many points you're going to lose weight.’”
Once a week for 12 weeks, Barb attended the program’s meeting. It started with a weigh-in, then the group delved into various topics in the weight-loss workbook. She learned how to make small changes that make a big difference. She swapped her white bread for wheat bread with 35 calories per slice. She began eating protein with her breakfast. She doesn’t like most fruits, but found that making smoothies was an easy way to get them in each day.
But the program isn’t just about numbers and making the right choices: It also provides the kind of cheerleading and emotional support needed to begin the journey of losing weight.
When Barb first met with Dr. Tara Kersey-Barrett, she felt overwhelmed by the challenge ahead of her—and the medical issues she was facing. “I'm sitting there almost crying, it was awful,” Barb says. “There was so much wrong with me. She just looked at me and she said, ‘Barb, we can fix it.’”
“I had hope at that point. I had all kinds of hope,” Barb says. “I still do.”
Barb has increased her exercise and has completed several 5K runs. Now that the program is over, she’s signed up to complete an optional maintenance program. While she’s already dropped a couple of dress sizes, she’d still like to lose a few more pounds—and make sure that the weight she already lost stays off.
“I'm 58 years old and I had to learn how to eat right,” Barb says. “That's really what it amounted to, that I didn't eat right. I'm still learning. It's not something you do overnight. I'm learning to eat right after all these years.”
Interested in losing weight the right way? The first step is to attend the free Weight Loss Program Informational Seminar, where you will be able to meet members of the Fisher-Titus healthcare team, learn more about the program and pricing and discuss the health issues that relate to obesity. For more information, contact us at 419-660-2893.