Shelagh's Weight Loss Journey

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Shelagh's Weight Loss Journey

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Shelagh before and after photo

Shelagh lost 50 pounds with the UnityPoint Clinic Healthy Living Clinic New You Program. Our programs are comprehensive weight management programs designed to help you achieve and maintain long-term weight loss. Throughout the program, you are guided by a team of health professionals including an endocrinologist, dietitian, and health coach. With the help of our team, you will lose weight safely and learn to manage a healthy weight for life. Attend an information session to learn more. 

Here's Shelagh's story in her own words.

I chose the New You program because my way was not working. I struggled with obesity, overeating, and poor weight control for over 55 years. With my weight soaring to over 200 pounds, I was desperate, chronically depressed and isolative. I was pre-diabetic and extremely sedentary. Every day I vowed to control my eating yet every night I hated myself for failing - day after day, decade after decade.

    

However, hope was sparked when I found a health pamphlet about New You weight loss program at my new doctor’s office in March 2019. When I began New You in May I expected to fail again but that was not an option thanks to the expert guidance and compassionate support from Dietitain Meg Olsen and Health Coach Abbi LaBarge.  

I found hope, strength and inspiration within myself and from others during the 24 weeks of the program. I realized that I was doing this for my own health and desire for strong and safe aging on my own terms. Because Meg and Abbi were so kind and totally non-judgmental, I finally learned to love myself because of who I am and not based on a number on a scale or a clothing size.

I found the meal replacements to be simple and satisfying. With creative flavorings and additives plus the endless recipes we were given, there’s little risk of being bored or hungry. I really never felt “starved” or deprived. Meeting weekly provided the accountability, guidance and support that led to my personal and weight loss successes. My motivation never seriously lagged thanks to the guided group discussions, ongoing support, availability of the staff and helpful homework.

Yes, I’ve now lost around 50 pounds but most of all, I have embraced healthy changes and genuinely like the “new” me. This program is not just about food and weight; it fosters self-exploration that has been life-changing and life-affirming for me. It has taken me to good places even beyond past therapy and treatments for mood issues. My overeating and obesity was not the problem as much as symptoms of disordered systems that I can actually manage thanks to New You.

Thank you for this opportunity to document the impact of your weight loss programs. Most of all, thank you Meg and Abbi for the tremendous work that you do!"