Women Weight Loss Statistics

(lighthearted music)
– I’ve lost over 100 pounds
and I’m off of diabetes medication.
I’ve healed my heart completely,
and my cholesterol which was
really high is normal now
and my blood pressure is normal.
You know MedStar Health has been
one of the pillars of my journey.
I’m really thankful for the
work of the professionals there
and the approach that they took,
and things are going well.
So my health journey you know
began as a typical American.
I was an athlete in high school
and in college I ran
cross country and track.
And then I began to age,
had a kid, was raising him,
sadly at 19 we had a family tragedy
and our son had an accident and died.
I went from the 165 pounds
that I was at at the time
to 305 pounds over three years,
by eating sort of mindlessly,
not paying attention to what
I was putting in my mouth,
eating because I was depressed.
My cardiologist at MedStar
Health referred me to the
Fresh and Savory Culinary
Medicine Program.
It’s a small group of
healthcare professionals
and a small group of patients,
and that’s where I learned
a new approach to eating
and other lifestyle changes.
By the end of the class
I felt like I had some really new tools
to solve a lot of my medical issues.
A part of the Fresh and Savory Program
looked at full body range of motion,
and we worked with an
exercise physiologist
and though it took awhile
I’m now working out at a gym,
lifting weights and I’m
walking between an hour
and two hours a day most days of the week.
I don’t know that I’ll get
back to the 30-year-old Paul
but I’m recovering things
and I’m feeling really
grateful about that,
and I’m looking forward to seeing
what I can do in the future
and to know that as I age
I’ll have the best quality
of life that I can.
This is a lifetime journey,
It’s not a diet that
I’m going on and off of.
I’m always learning, I’m being
mindful, I’m being joyous.
Fresh and Savory and MedStar Health
were a large part of that,
and it’s made a big difference for me.
(lighthearted music)