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Success! Done with Yo-Yo Dieting

I have always had a weight problem and been a yo-yo dieter. I would lose 20, gain 30, and so on. Not only does that kind of dieting seems to be a gene in my family, but I have always had an excuse for being over-weight, even at an early age. I would say: I am not overweight, just under tall... I am not fat, just pleasingly plump... You know the drill! It wasn’t until Spring 2013 that I took the matter of weight loss seriously and looked at it as a matter of life and death.

By January 2013, I was the heaviest I have ever been in my life. I felt horrible, depressed and really didn’t care. I knew I needed to lose weight, I just wasn’t motivated. During the next few months, I found myself falling asleep at my desk, nodding off for what I thought was no reasonable explanation. Then it started happening while driving. Yet, I thought I was having some sort of spell, not really falling asleep. When I had 2 fender benders because of what was happening, I knew I had to do something. I immediately went to the doctor and after a series of tests, I was diagnosed with a severe case of sleep apnea. 

I have polycystic ovarian syndrome and knew that my diabetes was related to the PCOS. What I didn’t know was that sleep apnea was related to the PCOS as well. As I left the doctor’s office, her last words to me were “I want to see you again in one year and I want to see less of you”. That was on July 8, 2013. On July 24, I began a lifestyle change with Weight Loss Matters

With this wake up call, I realized that I could no longer be a yo-yo dieter. Instead, I needed to make a real change. I was determined that eating healthfully and exercising needed to become my way of life and I'm thankful I had the resources at UK Health and Wellness to help me. 

The folks in the UK Health and Wellness program are a great asset to anyone trying to make this type of change. In the weeks and months since July 24, 2013, I have lost 65 pounds and have more to lose. My attitude is so much different from a year ago. No more dieting. This is a way of life for me now. I have to keep the weight off simply to live. I am blessed to work at an institution that offers this type of program for its employees. I am so very thankful that UK employs knowledgeable and caring dietitians to work with people like me who need the encouragement and knowledge both Vanessa and Karen have. 

- Susan Shelton, UK Dept. of Early Childhood, Special Education And Rehabilatation Counseling