“It was a gradual process – you don’t realise it’s happening. Life just takes you on a path and when you’re busy with little kids you think about them, not about how to balance it all,” says Sarah.
Sarah was exhausted every day and becoming increasingly frustrated about not being able to buy the clothes she wanted to wear. It was at netball game with her daughter when the wakeup call she needed gave her the push to call the Wesley LifeShape Clinic.
“A friend gave me some advice. I was going to a lunch with friends and couldn’t find anything to wear. She turned to me and said ‘You know what Sarah, why don’t you lose the weight? You’ve been saying it, you’re tired and sick of it, it’s not you.’ I picked up the phone and made an appointment the next day,” said Sarah.
With the help of the Clinic’s team, Sarah has lost over 26kgs throughout LifeShape 6 program– and more importantly to Sarah, she is now happy and excited about life again.
“What made me commit on the spot was when I saw the doctor. I didn’t realise how medically dire things were,” said Sarah. “When the Doctor told me I was obese, I realise just how bad it had become – and my sugar levels – any higher and I would have been diagnosed with diabetes.”
What it came back to for Sarah was that she wanted to be a good role model for her children. “It’s okay to self-indulge a little but it’s important to understand balance and live a healthy lifestyle. Being on the LifeShape program, I don’t feel like I’m on a diet or a strict regimen at all! There are things I say no to, but mostly I just make different choices now. I have changed my style of eating, the volume and also improved the quality of what I eat.”
What surprised Sarah most while on the Wesley LifeShape program was that she didn’t have to take herself out of her social scene. While on the program she chose to use meal replacements, but still kept one traditional meal which gave her the flexibility to still enjoy dinner out with family and friends.
“I was initially concerned it might affect my social commitments. However there was no need to take myself out of social situations. There are always ways around it. My LifeShape dietitian made me realise it’s all about planning and being organised – and together we developed strategies that worked for me.”
“Now, I don’t even measure things, I’ve simply learnt what’s appropriate. My dietitian has helped me learn how to make the right choices, and judge a portion all without feeling like I’m on a strict diet.”