Years of overeating left me obese, tired and in constant pain. I needed knee replacement surgery, but weighed too much to qualify for the procedure.
Frustrated, I made an appointment at the WellAdvantage Health Center, which I can access as a retired member of the Chattanooga Fire Department. I met Fitness Center Manager and Exercise Specialist Tyler Waclawski, who designed a low-impact exercise program. I rode a recumbent bike, walked, and used a weight machine for various toning exercises.
I also sought advice from my doctor, Ashley Bryant, who provided helpful nutrition guidelines, conducted regular checkups, and monitored my bloodwork.
Along with exercise, I also changed the way I ate. Before, I was hungry all the time. Now I incorporate more green vegetables, fruits and proteins into my diet. I eat less meat and the measured proteins I eat are baked, broiled or grilled. I avoid fried foods and limit pasta, potatoes and bread. I am always aware of the calories I consume, which is key to my success.
I lost 185 pounds and reduced my blood pressure medication from 35 mg to 5 mg. That is the only health-related medication I take. I am grateful for my new healthy lifestyle. Since losing weight, I had a total knee replacement and started hiking, resumed walking 3-to 5-miles per day, and even plan to pick up tennis again.
I would advise those who want to lose weight, or start an exercise regimen, to establish their baseline heath levels first, so your medical team can monitor you and avoid any potential problems. Start small and move every day. Quit trying fad diets and just count your calories, employing nutrition guidelines as you go. — Member Ron Boyd