Becky Potter knew something in her life needed to change. Despite
her active lifestyle and trying various weight loss tactics – nothing seemed to
stick. But, after finding out about the Medical Weight Loss Program at Abbott
Northwestern she knew she was finally ready to make a major life change.
Potter had always been an active person, but she wanted to
be able to work out feeling more confident and less self-conscious. Once in the
program, she made her first goal to meet the weight requirement to skydive,
which she was able to do after six months in the program. But, true to her
competitive nature, she wasn’t done there. Her next goal was to run another
half-marathon. Thanks to her hard work, weight loss and the support of the
program’s exercise physiologists, she was able to cut 37 minutes off her
previous half-marathon time.
For Potter, the support and the accountability were the best
parts of the program. She loved learning about nutrition from the program’s dedicated
dietitians and knowing how much food she needed to fuel and sustain herself in
a healthy way. She says, "knowing that someone cared made it a lot easier to
make good choices. I had resigned myself to the fact I was just always going to
be fat, I didn't know anything different. But now I do and I won't go back."
Weight loss after
12 months: 68.5
Patient Tip: "Do
it! You owe it to yourself to be the best possible version of yourself. The
doctors and staff are amazing, encouraging, supportive and all around great
people to work with."