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Tutu-Clad Runner Celebrates Loss of Nearly Half Her Body Weight

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Bariatrics, Testimonial, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories | Posted on 28-04-2016

Nichole Jones prior to her surgery and healthy lifestyle.

Nichole Jones prior to her surgery and healthy lifestyle.

What would it take to get you to don a tutu and run a 5K?

For Nichole Jones, it was a celebration. Celebrating the loss of nearly half her body weight. Celebrating the reversal of the dangerous path she was on toward diabetes.

Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, Nichole struggled with her weight since she was in elementary school. She spent her summers with her grandparents, and like any doting grandparents, they made sure she ate. Her grandma’s cooking was on a par with Paula Deen’s high-calorie recipes, and her grandpa could always be counted on to pick up her favorite fast-food meals.

As she grew into adulthood, Nichole’s eating habits stayed the same. She couldn’t shake her habit of mindless eating, consuming food not because she was hungry but because she was bored. Read the rest of this entry »

Down 60 Pounds and Medication Free after Three-Year Battle with Diabetes

Posted by | Posted in Diabetes, Men, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 18-06-2015

A healthier Greg Mayes

A healthier Greg Mayes

The week leading up to Father’s Day—this year, June 15-21—is known as National Men’s Health Week. It’s a chance to encourage guys to seek regular medical advice and raise awareness for prevention and early detection of preventable health problems. Greg Mayes, a former patient at Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, experienced firsthand how much life can change by simply asking for help.

At 31, Greg was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Three years later, he was still having trouble regulating his blood sugar, and he was beginning to notice increasing health complications due to his diabetes.  Both of his parents are diabetic, and at 5 feet 10 inches and 275 pounds, the 34-year-old knew something had to give.

“My body was handing me a pink slip,” Greg said. Read the rest of this entry »

Exercising Doesn’t Have to Bust Your Budget

Posted by | Posted in Exercise, Expert Tips, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories | Posted on 11-03-2015

Exercise-At-HomeA regular exercise routine doesn’t require you to spend a lot of dollars on a gym membership or fancy home-exercise equipment.

And a good place to lose weight without spending a lot of cash is right in front of your TV set – as long as you get off the couch, says Linda Crews, a physical therapist with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center.

“There are literally over a hundred channels on your cable network, and you can get anything from yoga to Pilates to cardio at all intensity levels,” Crews says. “You can lose weight in a 10-foot square in front of your TV if you want to.”

Get Fit in Front of the TV

If you subscribe to Comcast, go to On Demand and select the Sports and Fitness tab to choose one of the fitness workouts from beginning to advanced routines. While many of these programs are no longer free, they’re still a less expensive alternative to a gym membership. Similar programs are available for Dish Network users, Crews says.

If your goal is to lose weight, you need to make sure that routine includes cardio. “Cardio is what jump starts the weight loss,” Crews says. “I recommend either doing a whole cardio workout or at the very least warm up with cardio.”

Not a cable subscriber? Crews says you can do an inexpensive strength-training workout, for example, by purchasing a couple of hand-held weights. For women, she suggests 3-pound weights; for men, 5 to 7 pounds.

“It doesn’t sound like much,” Crews says, “but if you do 25 or 30 reps, you’ll feel those muscles burn.”

The Key to Sticking to It

So how do you stick to a home workout routine? The key, Crews says, is to set realistic goals.

“The biggest mistake people make is they set their goals too big,” she says.

Some folks declare, especially at the start of the year, that they’ll get out of bed at 5:30 every morning and exercise for 45 minutes before they start their day.

“And that works really well – until Wednesday,” Crews says. “Then Wednesday rolls around, you hit the snooze alarm and it’s just not going to happen. I tell folks I’m working with to set your goals much lower.”

That may mean deciding to walk 10 minutes a day on a work break and gradually building up from there.

But if you work out at home, Crews says there’s another advantage.

“I love exercising in my pajamas.”

 

How an Exercise Buddy Will Help You Lose Weight

Posted by | Posted in Exercise, Expert Tips, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories | Posted on 10-02-2015

Exercise-BuddiesLosing weight is hard work, but finding an exercise partner can help you stay motivated to shed your pounds, says Linda Crews, a physical therapist with the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center.

To maintain weight loss, the average healthy adult needs to exercise about 150 minutes each week, Crews said during a recent interview on the WTAX morning show. Most of that needs to come from cardio exercise, which helps with weight loss because it increases the heart rate, she said.

“The rest of us who really want to lose weight need to jack that up a little bit to 180 to 200 minutes a week,” Crews said.

While that may sound like a lot of time to devote to exercise, the key to success is to plan for it and set aside a little time every day. Read the rest of this entry »

Bariatric Surgery Testimonial: Ken

Posted by | Posted in Bariatric Patient Stories, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories | Posted on 02-12-2014

Ken-and-Sons-Before

Ken and his sons before surgery

Ken and family after surgery

Ken and family after surgery

For many people who struggle with obesity, dieting and exercise alone are not enough to lose and maintain substantial weight loss to improve their health.

For some, bariatric surgery, in addition to lifestyle changes, may be the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining great health.

Over 1,200 central Illinoisans have undergone bariatric surgery through Memorial Medical Center’s Bariatric Services program, all with the intended goal of living a more fulfilling, active life after shedding weight.

One such story is Ken, who has lost 180 pounds since his surgery in 2010.

Suffering from multiple weight-related health issues such as high blood pressure, back and foot pain, difficulty sleeping and acid reflux, Ken was faced with making a life-changing decision.

“I wanted more time with my son,” he said. “I knew if I didn’t do something I wouldn’t live to see 50.”

Read his story in his own words below.

(Enlarge Ken’s Testimonial) Read the rest of this entry »

One Woman’s Formula for Weight Loss: Diet, Exercise, Encouragement

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Orthopedics, Physician Services, Weight Loss & Wellness Center Patient Stories, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 13-10-2014

Shirley-Black-Patient-OptimizationAfter coloring on the floor with her 2-year-old niece last September, Shirley Black knew it was finally time to get serious about knee-replacement surgery.

She couldn’t get up without help.

Shirley, who lives just outside of Springfield and has been married to her husband, Robert, for nearly 30 years, knew surgery wasn’t an option until she lost weight. She had tried everything, but nothing seemed to work.

A few weeks later, she scheduled an appointment with her new primary care physician, Nicole Florence, MD, with Memorial Physician Services – Koke Mill.

“I told her I needed to come up with a plan,” Shirley recalls. Read the rest of this entry »