It was just before Christmas one year that Nicole felt the lowest she had ever felt, and knew she had to make a change.
“I was going to a function for my Husband’s work and went to the shops to purchase some clothes,” remembers Nicole. “I had to purchase size 26 pants. At that moment I knew that in this shop there were no clothes larger than a 26. I went through Christmas feeling very down and not knowing what I could do to improve my lifestyle.”
A few months later while extremely sick and near hospitalisation from Asthma, Nicole took a few days off to rest and used the time to research some weight loss options.
“An ad popped up for LifeShape Clinic, and I began researching more about them and compared them to other companies,” says Nicole. “In the past I have tried many diets with some success, but overtime felt I could not maintain the weight loss. With LifeShape Clinic, the huge difference has been the support of the whole team and the focus not just being on the weekly weight loss figure, but how I have been going in all aspects including general wellbeing, exercise and food intake.”
One thing Nicole loved about the LifeShape Clinic was the personalised nature of the program.
“I needed an approach that fitted in with my busy lifestyle,” says Nicole. “I found the weekly appointments easy to fit in with my work life and the clinic’s been very supportive when I have needed to make changes. My primary Dietitian has been amazing at giving me healthy food options, and I have tried and enjoyed foods I have never eaten before. The exercise programs have been fantastic too. The support the Exercise Physiologists have given me has meant I can adapt exercises into my daily routine.”
With the help of her LifeShape Clinic team, Nicole has lost a lifechanging 47.3kg^.
“Today I am a different person,” says Nicole. “I’m 47kg^ lighter, but I have gained so much. There have been some amazing changes to my health including a decrease in high blood pressure, significant improvements to my blood results, decrease in fluid retention and my Asthma is very well-managed.
There have been significant differences to my body too, prior to commencing the Program I had to remove my wedding rings as they were too tight. Now they are back on my ring finger and are very loose (this is a big achievement!). Most of all I have the energy and enthusiasm to want to be active with my family.”
Nicole’s lifestyle changes have positively impacted many people around her including her young family.
“My daughter, my best friend and I recently did a 5km walk for a charity organisation,” says Nicole. “I was so proud to be able to do this and not be breathless. I’m looking forward to going on walks of further distances and becoming more challenging incorporating more hills and getting my heart rate up. My children enjoy our walks and get excited about choosing our walking path and destinations! My husband, although not involved in the whole process, has also dropped 2 sizes in his clothes and decreased his intake of takeaways because of the positive changes I have made.”
Looking back Nicole only has one regret.
“If I look back now, I wish I could have told myself years ago, to give the LifeShape Clinic a go,” says Nicole. “I was very scared that I would not be able to keep up with the program, but the manner in which the program was explained to me, and the encouragement that they offered right from the beginning was fantastic.
When I look back, I am sure that my health would have continued to decline if I didn’t make the change. I have two children and I had no energy to be active with them. I was happy to have them play lots of sports but felt too heavy to join in their training with them. Recently we have been choosing walking tracks and going on walks as a family and exploring nature and wildlife in our area.”
Where to now for Nicole?
“For me as I finish my 12 month program, it is just the beginning,” says Nicole. “I do not feel as though I am on my own. I have many goals that I am continuing to work on, and continue to develop new goals all the time. When people comment on my weight now, I reply that “it is still a work in progress” because every day I continuing to be a better version of myself.”
Nicole has this advice for anyone thinking of joining a LifeShape Program.
“My best advice to anyone looking at joining the program is to go in with open mind knowing that all the recommendations are based on a medically proven approach,” says Nicole. “Ask questions as I found every question I have ever had, the LifeShape Team has been able to answer and follow up with helpful recipes or exercise suggestions. If you need to lose weight to gain a healthier life, I strongly recommend LifeShape Clinic!”
^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.