This is me – 1981ish – college swimmer. I was never “super” thin, but I was very “fit” here. This would be my goal, to get my weight down enough that I am not embarrassed to be seen in a swim suit and to get back in the pool.
I am now 54 years old and about 130 pounds overweight. I wouldn’t say that having three kids did that to me. I would say that getting too busy to exercise did that to me. I actually did okay until turning about 45 – since then it’s been challenging. Out of the blue, five years ago I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. With the treatment plan came prednisone, which tends to work against any weight loss goals. I also developed high blood pressure and things were not looking good for me. I now have the arthritis under control by way of medicine, but the blood pressure was still high. I have had an under active thyroid since the age of 17 – and yes medicine for that. I am off the prednisone which is a great thing.
I have been an “In and Out” Weight Watcher for years. I know every plan. I know the “how” of eating correctly, counting “points,” exercising, drinking water, etc.
I have tried Nutri Systems. I have tried Dr. Furhman’s Eat to Live. I have tried juicing. These were all great, but with no weight loss results. I have tried the Plexus products (which were great) and more recently my rheumatologist suggested The Metabolic Center as it worked well for one of her previous patients.
I began the Metabolic Center in June of 2014. I was beginning to feel hopeless and I knew my health was greatly suffering. About this same time, I quit my 2nd full time job and stepped down for one year from our ministry responsibilities. The Metabolic Center worked well at first. I lost about 20 pounds, but I was restricted to about 1100 calories a day and as you can see from the picture below, they all said I needed ALL of those supplements several times a day to lose weight.
A few days later, I signed up. About one month later my husband signed up. After having so many failed attempts at weight loss, I still firmly believed that diet and exercise should be enough.