My Weigh Impact Story – Blithale GP Surgery Jan-Mar 2014

Mr S  57 and Mrs L  52 are a White English couple who arrived at My Weigh following a referral from the   GP. Mr S had gone to his GP with swollen ankles and high blood pressure. During the consultation, his GP had suggested that he should lose weight. Mr S mentioned that he had other health conditions and realised that he needed to address the root cause which was to lose weight. His wife L was also concerned about her weight so they jointly decided to enrol onto the My Weigh course.

Both had very different reasons for wanting to lose weight; Mr S said “Besides my health problems, I was also fed up of not being able to wear previously purchased clothes.” Mrs L describes her reasons in her own words “I was feeling tired all the time, I had no energy! My family kept telling me that I am putting on weight and the clothes are looking too tight!” We were using a cleaning company all this time to keep up our home, as we had no energy to do ordinary house chores. Thanks Monster Cleaning East Ham for the great work!

Mr S went as far as to quote “I retired early to enjoy life, not to head for the cemetery!” He went onto say that both Lina and he had got into bad eating habits. Having lived in Italy for 30years and Lina joining him for just over a year, they had enjoyed experiencing and experimenting with Italian food. He describes the situation in his own words: “We were living to eat rather than eating to live!”

Mr S passionately explained their desire to eventually migrate to another country. “Most of the countries that we have considered are high altitude cities so losing weight and getting our health under control could determine our future plans!”

Both Mrs L  and Mr S had tried to lose weight through weight watchers and other programmes but had seen no results. Mr S mentioned that they were considering boot camp or a health farm before they were referred to My Weigh. When asked what they enjoyed and what they found challenging about the My Weigh course, each responded differently:

Mr S : “The course put us on the right road to eat to live, gave us the tools to analyse our situation.  What I really enjoyed was the competitive nature of the course, having targets, friendly rivalry with other participants. I found eating salads a challenge and quite boring; however substituting for a piece of protein and two vegetables was more attractive.”

Mrs L: “What I enjoyed most was meeting other people, exchanging opinions and ideas. What I found challenging was eating more vegetables! ”

Both Mr and Mrs were keen to share all the changes they have implemented since My Weigh: “We no longer eat whilst watching telly, when it’s time to eat, we eat. We have found this has given us more time for conversation and intimate time with each other. We have also reduced our portion sizes and fried food is completely off the menu” Mrs L commented “the oven has never been used so much before, the first question we ask is can it go in the oven? We have also switched to using spray oil rather than pouring the oil.”

Mr S  and Mrs L describe the lessons they learnt on My Weigh:

“My Weigh taught us how not to kill ourselves through our plate!”

“What goes in stays in, unless you burn it off!”

“Food labels session, an eye opener, shopping will never be the same again!”

Mr S who lost an impressive amount of weight of 9kg in 10 weeks through making small changes said “I feel equipped to measure my situation, hospitality situations will always be a challenge but I know I can substitute or compensate with additional exercising”

Mrs L also reached her 5% target within 10 weeks and said “I will be eliminating the frying pan and preparing food myself!”

The future looks very promising for both Mrs L and Mr S, they reported that they will continue to weigh themselves each morning to stay motivated. Both have taken up walking as mode of transport and have even joined  urban wanderers on a 7 mile canal walk on Saturday mornings which is run by the My Weigh tutor Ameena!

Being on the course has reduced Mr S blood pressure   and   he had swollen ankles and the swelling has gone down tremendously.

“Thank you very much My Weigh” .