Lose the weight or lose a limb!
This statement more or less sums up my reasons for choosing the OPTIFAST® program at Mercy Medical Center. As a Type II diabetic, it was becoming more evident to me that if I didn’t get my sugars under better control, I could end up doing more harm to my mind, body and, yes, soul.
I would be lying, which is considered a sin in my profession, if I also did not admit that I was tired of the way I looked and felt. My priestly attire was bulging at the seams, and when I saw my latest summer photo at a July 4 picnic, I knew it was time to take action.
It would seem that the Lord delivered me into the hands of our wonderful OPTIFAST staff. After calling their number, I knew that there was hope for my situation.
I was quite reluctant to participate in a program that only allowed a person to consume shakes, soups and protein bars, but after listening to the information about the program, I decided I would at least give the program a try for two weeks.
In that first week, I must admit that I was not terribly hungry. I did change the channel when the food commercials appeared on television. I stopped appearing in the hospital cafeteria for lunch, so I wouldn’t be tempted, but I was surprised at how easy it was to make the switch from food to powder shakes and soups. The protein bars were great additions, because they allowed me a chance to continue to chew food once a day.
The weekly medical check-ups and classes helped make the process a little easier and more fun. Yes, it is possible to have fun and lose weight!
The reason the program works is because the staff is very dedicated to the overall wellbeing of the client. They applaud you when you lose and take the time to discuss with you reasons why you may not have lost weight during a particular week. Listening is what they do best, and I am grateful to each one of them for their overall care and continued support.
I began the program at the end of July and shed 40 pounds by the second week of October! Also, I am no longer dependent on insulin and have eliminated one of the three medications I take for the diabetes.
Overall, I have much more energy. I feel better about my appearance, and I believe my ministry as the priest chaplain of this hospital is much improved.
OPTIFAST does work, but it can only work if you are willing to commit yourself to living a healthier and happier life style.
Our staff is willing to help. Give them a call. Make an appointment. Do it and lose the weight and keep those limbs!
Would I lie?