I knew my weight had been unhealthy for years. My body mass index was too high, my body ached, and I felt depressed about the way I looked. When I made my usual New Year’s resolution to lose weight, I knew this time had to be different. I had many motivating factors, including my son’s graduation, my daughter’s wedding, and an epic girls trip. I refused to be frumpy any longer!

When I met with Silvia Madrigal, FNP, at Wellness Works Health Center, everything changed. I said I wanted a simple weight management solution, so she suggested counting calories and helped me form new healthy eating habits. Now, I prioritize portion control and enjoy the accountability system in place from seeing Silvia every two weeks. Silvia is the best - she has been so helpful and understanding. She is one of my biggest cheerleaders!

As of today, I’ve lost 35 pounds, I have more energy, and my biometrics continue to improve. I am so much happier with how I look and feel, and my joints no longer hurt. My success even prompted my husband to jump on the bandwagon, and in six months he has lost 42 pounds. It has been a great journey for the two of us to do together, and we encourage one another at all the milestones.

When I began this journey, I was nervous because I thought asking for help meant defeat. Learning health coaching visits were free and part of our insurance benefits made scheduling my first appointment much easier.