“Marriage & Metabolism”
Is there a correlation?
I’ll never forget the time someone commented on the fact that Marriage “agreed with me”… It was later that I found out that it was a way for someone to say you are gaining weight early in your marriage. Unfortunately, that fact was true. Whether it was due to my metabolism slowing down, or just having more regular meals, etc. My weight had gone up in the last 14 or so years. I topped out at 265 a few years back.
When I came to the folks at the Huntersville location of Physician’s Plan One to One Weight Loss & Wellness, I was immediately put at ease. You see, a lot of times weight loss centers can be targeted mostly at women. When a man shows up, it can tend to feel as if you stepped into the wrong room or something. That was not the case here. The location was comfortable and inviting to both men and women. The staff was pleasant, but not over the top… they are real. They don’t shame you, but encourage and give very practical and creative advice about the things that hold us all back from reaching our personal health goals.
I worked with Armella DiOrio and her staff to coordinate different aspects of my plan. From a Nutritionist, to a Personal Trainer, to a Professional Counselor – they referred me to qualified and effective professionals where I learned skills that I had either not known or neglected. I learned things like “showing up for myself – as in making time and choices that help me help myself”. Another aspect that was helpful was grocery shopping advice from the nutritionist – great advice and knowledge right where you need it. Finally, the Personal Training aspect was extremely helpful in discerning workout myth from workout reality – Helped me focus on what really counts.
Since starting with Physician’s Weight Loss, I have dropped 4 waist sizes and I actually have had to return some shirts to get a SMALLER size…( nice problem to have!) For people who know me, they are truly blown away by the change. My wife tells me that I have tons more energy. I seem to have more drive to get the things done and enjoy life more.
As I continue this journey – and it is a journey – probably the most important thing that I am learning is to NOT give up. I can tend to be a perfectionist. If I am having a tough week and perhaps indulge where I should not or skip some of my exercise routine, I can easily spiral and give in to old behavior patterns. Instead, I am learning to take one step at a time to get back on the horse, or bike, or trail… Thanks Bruce!