Heather Vowell has lost a 130 pounds in a year — a feat accomplished with the aid of Medi-Weightloss.
Medi-Weightloss, the physician-assisted weight loss program that emphasizes accountability, has won many converts in Fort Worth and beyond. One new proponent, Heather Vowell, has lost a remarkable 130 pounds since adopting the program just over a year ago. As inspiration for all those whose New Year’s resolutions were to lose a few pounds, we talked to Heather about what has worked for her.
What was your life like before Medi-Weightloss, and what led you to the program?
Heather: Before I made it to Medi-Weightloss, I was extremely overweight with zero energy. I had a three-year-old little boy who was getting bigger everyday, and I was not only seeing the lifestyle I was teaching him, but that I wasn’t going to be able to keep up with him as he got older. Basically, I was seeing the effects of a child growing up with a sedentary parent. As the primary caregiver, I’m the person he looks to as an example, and I needed to do something about this. I did it for myself, because I am reaping the benefits, but my son was the driving force.
How did you hear about Medi-Weightloss?
Heather: I had a co-worker, a lovely lady who travels a lot. I don’t see her every day or every week, but as 2015 went by, she was looking better and better with her weight. I finally asked her what she was doing. She didn’t tell me it was Medi-Weightloss, she just said that she was seeing a nutritionist and was being conscious of what she ate. Five or six months passed, and I asked her again, and she told me. That was early December of 2015.
For someone who knows nothing of how Medi-Weightloss works, can you provide a breakdown?
Heather: It’s twofold: calorie-restrictive, based upon what you want to lose or what your current weight is. For example, the nutritionist will say “no more than x amount of calories in a day.” It’s also carbohydrate-restrictive, and you’re supposed to log everything that you eat on a daily basis. They strongly emphasize healthy fats, proteins, and low carbohydrates.
How has your daily life changed since you’ve been on the program, aside from just watching what you eat?
Heather: I’ve become much more structured. I was already preparing food on a daily basis for my child. After all, you have to wake up and prepare their breakfast, then lunch, so they have something to eat for school. So it was more like getting into line with what I was already doing for him. I typically am either two or three days out preparing things and getting ready, and from a food perspective, everything has become planned. Flying by the seat of your pants everyday doesn’t work, and leads you to junk food. If I’m planning more when I go to the grocery store and what I buy, food preparation becomes more of a healthful activity.
I also don’t eat out nearly as much. I’m just like anyone else, I like to have a glass of wine here and there, and go out with friends; but if you like to imbibe, that’s a lot of calories and carbohydrates, so I don’t do much of that anymore. I anticipated trying to become more physically active. My initial goal was to just get some of the weight off so I would feel more inclined to exercise. As I get closer to my goal weight, I think I’m going to have to pick that up.
What would you say to someone who has struggled to lose weight but hasn’t found the right thing?
Heather: Before you do anything, make sure you’re in the right mindset. If you’re not ready and focused to put forth the effort, then you’re not going to be successful. The moment I made up my mind was when I saw the accountability that Medi-Weightloss offered. I knew that I wasn’t going to half-ass it. Every week I watch what I put into my mouth. Personal accountability remains paramount. If you do it, and you see that it’s working, you will be more inclined to continue — it’s not a diet, it’s a change to your lifestyle. Once I reach my goal, I’m not going to go back to eating french fries, because that doesn’t work for me. I’ve changed the way I think, the way I behave, and helpfully those habits now flow down to my child.
To learn more about what Medi-Weightloss has to offer, visit www.mediweightloss.com.