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Success Stories

Summer’s Success Story

IMG_3216In 2010 I had reached my highest weight of 243 lbs. I was so miserable and couldn’t find the energy to do anything about it or so I thought. The day I realized my weight has gotten out of hand was the first day of school for my son who was 5 at the time. I dropped him off at school for his first day and walked him to his classroom. As I anxiously waited to pick him up from school and hear about his first day expecting him to be excited and have all these fun things to tell me about. He walks to the car with his head hung down and crying. He tell’s me he’s not going back to school because he loves me and doesn’t want to hear the mean things from the other kids. He went on to explain that the other kids were making fun of him because his mommy was fat and made jokes poking fun. I knew right then that my weight wasn’t just affecting me anymore and that if for no one else I had to do this for him. As mothers we tend to find strength in us we never knew when had when it pertains to our children.

August of 2010 at 243 pounds I began my journey. I had no clue where to begin so I researched and tried different things. By April 2011 I was 160 lbs. In 8 months I dropped 83 pounds. I put myself on a 1200 calorie high protein low carb lifestyle change and I walked and/or jogged 5 miles 5 times weekly. I was always thin growing up and very active (Cheerleading, gymnastics, Track Etc.) So this was all unexpected but we did find out later after my weight was off that I have PCOS which was a huge factor in my weight gain along with having my son and being in a very abusive miserable relationship.

I work at Total Body so that I can help others loose the weight that is holding them back. I have a lot of knowledge and healthy tips and tricks to share. I enjoy being a resource and source of inspiration to help you meet your goals.Join our family at Total Body today and allow us to help you become a happier and healthier you

-Summer, Nurse & Weight Loss Coach

Melinda’s Success Story

Mel Before and After

Through out my teens and 20’s I was around 125 lbs. In my late 20’s I began to pack on a few pounds but ignored it by saying “it’s not that bad” and that ” I carry it well” by the time I was 30 those few pounds grew to 100 lbs. I was in denial and so was everyone around me. I had a friend one day tell me “what are you doing?” I asked what do they mean. They said “how long are you going to do this? How long are you going to live like this? This isn’t you” They cared enough to not only confront me but loved me enough to help me. I began a strict diet of lean proteins and vegetables along with working out 3-5 times a week. In 8 months I was down to 140 pounds and was excited to show off the new me.

Well several years later I put the pounds back on and was at 200 pounds. 2015 I started working at Total Body. I was coaching many of our patients through their own weight loss journey and had co-workers who had successes of their own. I realized that the journey isn’t just about pounds lost but keeping them off. I had been up and down in my weight over the past 10 years and was now determined to loss the weight and NEVER find it again!
I made it my personal mission to no longer diet but look at making a lifestyle change by creating better habits. I’ve worked with weight loss patients for over 10 years and am also a patient. I’ve learned many things over the course of my journey along with others. Join the Total Body family today and let us help you become a happier and healthier new you.
– Melinda, Patient Care Consultant

Veronica’s Success Story

Veronica's before and after

As a teen I was a normal weight of around 130 pounds.  Never had to worry about my weight.  Well life started, i got married had 2 kids never lost the weight I gained from both pregnancies. I continued to gain weight like there was no tomorrow, i tried so many times to lose weight but i would always come up with some kind of an excuse. 2004 I made a life changing decision to begin my weight loss journey. Fast forward to 2016 and i’m proud to say not only did i drop a total of 238 pounds I’ve also maintained it and kept it off. It took a lot of dedication and making my mind up that I was NOT going to be unhappy and overweight. I changed my life style and began to be more active and changes began. I have learned a lot about weight loss and maintenance during the course of my journey and want to pass these tools on to all of our patients. All of us at Total Body have a weight loss story and know where you are and how to get you where you need to be!  Join our family today and allow us to help you become a happier and healthier you!

– Veronica, Nurse & Weight Loss Coach

Patient’s Success Story

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I have battled weight issues since childhood. Since my teenage years I have gained and lost. I have found that I am a stress eater & I love my chocolate.   I tell people that if I could figure out which tooth was my sweet tooth I would have it pulled.  But, since I can’t figure it out I best not start having teeth pulled out!

In 2010, I remarried and shortly thereafter the big M (menopause) set in.  Well Well  Well, the weight gain started!!  Tried and Tried to  lose the weight by trying different diets.  Then, in June 2014, my daughter was diagnosed with a rare cancer.  In December 2014, she passed away leaving behind 4 children.  So needless to say the stress was through the roof due to her illness, being her care taker and caring for her children as well as my aging mother. All the while trying to take care of my household, husband and myself (which I was last on the list).

Finally, in October 2015, I saw an advertisement for Total Body and decided to give it a try.  My determination for better health and to feel better about myself I made that call.  With the help of Dr. Watkins and his staff Summer, Veronica & Melinda, it has been possible to lose the weight.  Everyone has been so supportive and encouraging.  Going in each week to weigh in makes me accountable for what I did or didn’t do correct the week before with my eating.  If I slipped, no one made me feel like I failed.  I was given ideas to get back on track and told “don’t stress it”.  I started losing inches first then the weight started coming off.  It has been a slow process, but that is ok.  I feel that is a much healthier way and has given me time to make life time changes on eating the correct way.  I am sure I will still have those weak moments but I know what to do to get back on track. Still have a few more pounds  I want to lose but, if I don’t it’s ok.  Now it is time to hit the gym!!