kristi 5 months later

This used to be me, and the new me is five sizes smaller. I’ve lost 73 pounds in five months’ time. It was a very easy experience; I was very surprised at how easy it was to lose the weight. I thought it would be more difficult than it was, but with all of the support and help. A really great program to follow, it was very simple to do. I am very proud of myself. I celebrate this much weight loss as much as I celebrated beating my cancer.

As a cancer survivor I was on five different medications to help myself to just get through the day and feel okay and to help my health. Halfway through at the Clinical Nutrition Center I was off all five medications, and I no longer need medication to feel good to get through the day. Now when I go to see my oncologist and get my blood work done and get my tests done, I no longer worry day to day that my cancer is going to return because with the amount of weight that I’ve lost on this diet my chance of cancer recurrence has dropped by 85 percent.

I am very excited about this summer. For the first time in 15 years I would say I can wear shorts. I have avoided wearing shorts… anything shorter than a Capri pant because I was overweight. Things didn’t look good. So this summer I actually get to wear shorts and be cooler like the rest of the world. I also get to wear cute summer dresses. I’ve already purchased three of them and can’t wait for it to get warm enough to wear them.

It’s very fun to go shopping now, which in the past was always a tearful session for me. Now when I go in and shop I have lots of selection and choices. When I try clothes on everything fits, and I have to make choices of what I want to bring home and not have to take home what only fit me.

I have more energy to be able to do the things we want to do. I feel more attractive myself which is a huge plus, before I didn’t feel that attractive. And when you feel good about yourself it makes all the difference in the world.

The way to help yourself through a program like this and to keep a healthy mental outlook, to be able to look forward is to know that you’re saving your life by doing this.

Not all weight loss programs are the same, because I’ve tried so many different programs. Working with the Clinical Nutrition Center is different because you have a group, a team of people cheering you on and helping you. My doctor, Dr. Lazarus, is not only a doctor but he’s board certified to help treat obesity. He knows about you specifically and how to help you specifically. You’re not grouped in with a bunch of people; you are one person that he can help one on one. You’re not getting a box of food delivered to your house and following a piece of paper, you’re not logging online to read an article to help yourself feel better, your speaking with people every single week or as often as you need to speak with them to get help. It’s specified for you.

Kristi after 5 months on the program lost 73 lbs.