A health scare during an early morning drive to Brisbane prompted Gary to take charge of his health.
“I was taken to the emergency department at Gatton hospital for a check – my blood pressure was found to be sky high. I spent about six weeks undergoing all sorts of tests and scans to try to find out why. At the end of it, the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong that could have caused it. At my final appointment, my GP said “losing this wouldn’t hurt” and pointed at my stomach.”
Gary had been told by his Doctor each year he should lose some weight – but this time was different. He knew it was time to get serious about his health.
Gary went into the program wholeheartedly and saw results straight away. In his first few weeks, he and his Toowoomba Dietitian aimed for 15kg weight loss on his LifeShape 9 program^. However, this goal was reviewed multiple times as he successfully passed the 110kg, 100kg and 90kg milestones^.
“After a while the weight just started to fall off, sometimes up to 2kg a week. Our first goal was to lose 15kg. Once I met that, we made it 20, then 25…and the goals kept resetting as we went. It was so surprising how easy it was to keep going – and seeing results was very motivating.”
For Gary, the foundation of his success was the weekly one-on-one appointments with his Wesley LifeShape Dietitian which kept him accountable and motivated.
“My Dietitian and I worked as a team – she was there to give me that extra push I needed to extend my goals a little further. There was nothing hard about doing the program – with her support, it was so easy to follow.”
Gary’s work life balance had always been a hurdle when it came to his health. After many years of working for a large company that involved many overnight trips away from home and social evenings with workmates, he found himself repeating poor choices when it came to his food and drink.
“I struggled to make healthy choices, particularly when it came to work events. Now, I’ve become more confident in overcoming splurges at special occasions. It’s not about being deprived, it’s about balance. I now know how to regain my focus and not let ‘one offs’ turn into unhealthy habits.”
After 9 months on the program, Gary has lost 43kg^ and is now starting a support program. Along with his amazing weight loss achievement, there have been many other positives changes to his everyday lifestyle.
“I was on blood pressure medication for 2-3 years prior to starting my LifeShape Program. At the end of my program, my blood pressure had reduced so much that I am now able to go off the prescription altogether.”
Since his amazing weight loss achievement, Gary is now doing more of what he loves – and that is enjoying the outdoors.
“The last few years, prior to my weight loss, our family bushwalking trips have been difficult for me as I struggled to keep up. Now, I do the walks around the Picnic Point Lookout a few times a week (about an hour each way). In July, about halfway through the program, I was able to do the 93km, 6-day Carnarvon Great Walk with my two boys. I wouldn’t have got through day 1 previously.”
“I have also just returned from a trip to the Snowy’s with my wife. We climbed to the top of Mount Kosciuszko twice over three days. We are now planning our next family bushwalking trip for mid 2016. I’m not sure yet where we’ll be going, but I’m sure it will be fantastic.”
Gary was looking for a program that would help him start the next chapter of life on a positive note – and that’s exactly what he found at the Wesley LifeShape Clinic.
“I have a lot coming up to look forward to. I am aiming to retire in the next year or so and spend more time with my wife, children and grandchildren. We’re also planning some overseas and round-Australia trips.”
*Your results may vary. To find out what you can achieve on your LifeShape Program book a no obligation initial assessment with one of our Dietitians, call 1800 567 348. Alternatively you can register your interest online.
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