“I knew I was overweight,” says Yvonne. “But I didn’t realise how bad things were until we flew down to Tasmania, via Melbourne. I could not do the seat belt up and had to ask for the extension – four times! It was so embarrassing. My doctor had suggested LifeShape Clinic to me previously, so after we got back I made the call and booked for a preliminary consultation.”
With a family history of diabetes and heart disease, Yvonne knew she was heading down the same path if she didn’t take action to improve her health.
“The initial blood tests at the start of my program showed that I was pre-diabetic,” says Yvonne. “My blood pressure was also high, and I have rheumatoid arthritis, particularly in my hips and ankles. I was doing myself no favours by being grossly overweight.”
Yvonne had tried other options in the past, with no long term success.
“I had done another diet and lost about 15kg, but after the initial 3 month period it was hard to keep it up. I certainly felt as though I was having to deny myself and as soon as I was over the plan, my weight yo-yoed back up without ongoing support and accountability. The benefits of the LifeShape program are the ongoing support, the meal replacements and understanding the reasons why I struggled with controlling my food intake. The year-long program helped bed down healthier habits.”
The result from implementing some simple, healthy habits has resulted in a 44kg^ weight loss for Yvonne.
“My exercise regime mostly involves walking part of my journey to and from work, so it’s just a regular part of my day,” says Yvonne. “My healthy eating plan is flexible and easy to follow. I indulge myself from time to time – a nice dessert on special occasions. But I no longer reward myself with food. And if my weight does start creeping up, I have the tools and knowledge from the program to help get things back on track.”
Yvonne has noticed many positive changes from this weight loss.
“A big achievement is now being able to tighten the seatbelt on a plane with a good 20cm to spare,” says Yvonne. “Clothes shopping has become a whole lot more expensive, as I am now able to fit into designer labels! It is so nice to be able to go into almost any clothes boutique in the city and feel comfortable being there, knowing that I can buy nice clothes that fit well.
I can walk up hills without having to stop and recover my breath. Reducing my weight has also reduced the effects of my rheumatoid arthritis, with less or no pain and stiffness in my ankle and hip joints. I’m now looking forward in a few years to a healthier retirement – being active and growing old disgracefully!”
Looking back, Yvonne has these thoughts for anyone thinking about doing the program.
“I should have done it sooner, it was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be!” says Yvonne. “I think that you have to be ready to make the change. And if you’re ready, just do it. The program provides so much support – it really is a worthwhile investment in your health and in your future.”
^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.