I firmly believe “The Ideal You” program helped to save my life!
You have heard many reasons and stories about losing weight, but you have not heard mine. I had been fighting Type 2 Diabetes for years and knew that my FLD, a.k.a. Fatty Liver Disease, high cholesterol and hypertension were all contributing to my health issues. I also knew that circulatory and thyroid issues could develop because of my weight, my diabetes and my poor diet.
I was looking for a way to lose weight. I knew I was out of shape, fat, and I could not keep going. Mowing my lawn had become a difficult task to complete. Some of the people at work smoked more than I, some were older than I, and I was being outworked. As a sporadic smoker for 35 years, I never hit the pack-a-day smoker threshold, just an occasional smoke. I quit cold turkey.
A few co-workers were talking about weight-loss one day. They were talking about what their wives were doing and that they were going to do it too. I saw their results. They looked better, worked more and were not getting as tired. Men were losing weight and weren’t ashamed to admit they were on a diet program? This wasn’t real! Finally, I made the decision to lose weight because my co-workers told me how simple “The Ideal You” program was. “It’s good, they said, especially for us guys.” So, I went to an Open House at The Ideal You. I listened and heard so much that was relevant to me. It was time to sink or swim.
In just a few months, I lost the first 35 of my 40-pound goal. With just losing 35 pounds, my cholesterol came down from the high 200’s to the low 200’s! My A1-C dropped from a high of 12.5 to 6.6, a number I had not been able to achieve in 10 years!
The weight loss was steady and things were going well on the program. I noticed the activity levels for the other co-workers had improved, but not mine. Was it a combination of allergies, dust, smoking or the heat that made it difficult for me to breath? I was already about 35 pounds lighter, but what was happening? Then the phone call came. Everything in my world came to a halt. I was advised by my doctors that the weight loss was good and it helped me, but testing revealed I had heart disease. An angiogram confirmed my candidacy for bypass surgery.
I was on the table undergoing quadruple bypass as a mandatory elective surgery. This wasn’t the result of a heart attack, but necessary because of multiple blockages. After surgery, I was up and walking within a week. My blood pressure improved with no signs on hypertension. Since discharge, my walking distance increased to 2
miles with ease with no fatigue. One month after surgery, I was out in the woods for opening day of deer season!
I firmly believe that “The Ideal You” Weight Loss Program helped to save my life!