"I’m more empowered and confident now," Stephanie declares. Her story is one of transformation and empowerment, and since embarking on her LifeShape journey Stephanie has lost 18.6kg^ and her life hasn't been the same.
Before joining the program, Stephanie had a "lightbulb" moment. She explained, "I had recently turned 70, and my weight was at an all-time high. It occurred to me that I only had perhaps 10-20 years left of my life. I decided I wanted those years to be as healthy as possible. The health issues were mounting up – osteoarthritis, GORD, etc. These conditions were being exacerbated by my weight. I began noticing that I didn’t have as much energy playing with the grandchildren. I had previously researched weight loss programs, and LifeShape stayed in my mind. I was at the markets near their Milton Clinic in Brisbane, noticed the sign on the building, and I thought, 'that’s it, I’m doing it'."
Stephanie recalled, "About 14 years prior, I had lost a lot of weight using another weight loss provider. It was successful at the time in that the weight was lost, and I did make good food choices for a while, but it was easy to slip back into bad habits. LifeShape was different. It educates about how weight loss (or gain) is achieved, your medical condition is monitored throughout the program, the composition of your body is determined to ensure the weight is being adjusted in the right proportion, exercise guidance is provided, and emotional support is provided."
After her LifeShape Program, Stephanie plans to maintain healthy habits. She explained, "I intend to continue being mindful of calorie intake, to exercise regularly, to be more aware of changes in my body (e.g., clothes getting tighter), and make adjustments sooner rather than later."
Stephanie described her transformation, stating, "I feel as though I’m more empowered now, more confident. I think I lost that part of myself since being retired. I am much fitter now and I can run around the yard with the grandkids - my body is stronger. My liver function has improved. My cholesterol levels are better. My gastric reflux condition has improved. My joints (hips and knees) are less painful. I have dropped two dress sizes and I’m much more comfortable with my body."
Stephanie shared her proudest moments, saying, "It has been very satisfying to chuck out all the 'fat clothes'. I’m very proud of the results I have achieved with the weight loss, that I have been able to commit to the journey and embrace the teachings from the Program. I’m looking forward to a much healthier and perhaps longer life."
Looking back, Stephanie offered this advice to her past self, saying, "Be mindful of the choices you make. Don’t waste time blaming something or someone for your weight situation. You are responsible for how you treat your body, what food you eat, and how active you are."
To individuals contemplating the LifeShape program, Stephanie advised, "Consider the weight loss program as an investment in your health. Be committed to the decision to join the program. The support provided by LifeShape is invaluable – not just for achieving your weight loss goals but for the emotional and self-knowledge journey as well."
Stephanie's story is a testament to the power of determination, education, and comprehensive support in achieving a healthier and more fulfilling life. Her journey is an inspiration to anyone looking to make positive changes in their health and well-being.
^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.