I first came to the Institute for Weight Management under duress. I practically had to be dragged in by several members of my family. In fact, it took quite a few cancelled initial appointments before I finally got up the courage to face the truth about my weight. I must admit though even after the first appointment I was not convinced, this is what I needed to do. It was not that I wasn’t sure the diet would work it was that I wasn’t confident enough in my ability to maintain the program. After all, like many others, I love food and the thought of a meal replacement formula was almost repulsive. Nonetheless, I reluctantly succumbed to my family’s wishes and agreed to try the program for one week. However, I was by no means happy with my decision and would even make excuses that I was only doing this because I had a wedding coming up and I was in the wedding party.
I must admit the first weekend was not easy, but by midweek I began to realize it was really not that bad. Distracted by work and life’s daily activities, I actually stopped feeling hungry by Monday. By the end of the week I was actually excited for my appointment to find out how much weight I lost (believe it or not my wife and I do not actually own a scale). Even I was amazed when the scale showed that I had lost 11.5 pounds in one week. This was all the motivation I needed to continue the program for another week. The second week was much easier and smoother then the first and the second weigh though not as good as the first was continued motivation to keep returning.
I have now completed 3 ½ months on the program and to date I have lost 70 pounds. I even managed to lose a few pounds over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. I know it is cliché but really do feel like a new person. I clearly am more active and have a lot more energy during the day. I even find myself glancing in the mirror just to look at my new body. Now there are no more excuses. I am not doing this because I have a wedding coming up, I am doing this because I want to be healthier for me and my family and I am doing this to feel better about myself. In fact, I have to admit I could not have lost so much weight if my wife, my parents, and others in my family were not so supportive. They truly have inspired me to continue to not only attempt to reach my goal weight loss of 100lbs. but to continue on beyond that number. I truly believe a good supportive base of family and friends has helped me overcome my addiction to food. My only regret is that they didn’t drag me to see Dr. Chhabra sooner.
Dr. Chhabra and her staff have been not only professional and courteous but have been like an extended family who have provided much needed support over the last few months. I can now say I truly am a believer not only in Dr. Chhabra but in myself.