While visiting the Aflac Care Center, I expressed frustration to Wendy Wall, NP, about my unsuccessful attempts to lose weight. I was constantly tired, experiencing back and leg pain, had high blood pressure, and a negative self-image. I felt there wasn’t anything I could do and had accepted that I wasn’t important to myself or others.

Wendy suggested blood work. We went over my numbers together and found my cholesterol and blood pressure were too high. If not addressed, I was going to have to go on medication. I broke down but Wendy assured me I was not alone. She reminded me that to instill healthy habits in my 4-year-old son meant having them myself. Left unchecked, health conditions would keep me from doing things with him in the future. That thought of not being able to do things with my son really clicked for me.

I adopted a low carb lifestyle using an app called LoseIt. By cutting out unhealthy carbs, processed foods and drinks, and increasing my water intake, I lost over 85 pounds. My cholesterol is down and I’m off my blood pressure medication. I’ve come a long way in managing my relationship with food, learning portion control, and meal prepping. At home and work, I’m more active, upbeat, and focused.

I wouldn’t have been able to do this alone. My husband and son are so proud and continue to encourage me. Likewise, Wendy has been integral in my success. She is a wealth of encouragement, empowerment, and helpful tips, which has made all the difference in the world.