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Mike Lawler

Starting Weight: 279 lbs.
Current Weight: 209 lbs.

What made you decide to come to our medical weight loss program?  I was trying to diet on my own, and I couldn't seem to lose anymore weight.

How long did it take for you to decide to be seen by us?  I saw three commercials for about a month and looked up the number online.

Did anyone either encourage or discourage you from coming in?  I was so beaten from being fat that I was willing to try about anything.

What things are you able to do now that may have been difficult or impossible before weight loss?  When I first started walking I could go about 100 yards.  When I walk now it's nearly four miles.  I can get up from sitting without using my arms for help.  I don't carry around as much shame and guilt from eating.

Which conditions or diseases have you seen decrease or disappear since your weight loss?  My blood pressure is considered normal now.  I can sleep without getting suffocated from fat.  My breathing isn't heavy.

How has weight loss altered your outlook on life, your emotions, and/or relationships?  I'm still in shock that losing that much weight was even possible for me.

What would you say about your provider and their team?  Excellent group of people that understand obesity and how to overcome it. 

What would you tell someone who is considering making an appointment?  Binge watch My 600 Pound Life until you feel disgusted with yourself.  If the phone weighs too much to call, send them an email.  Surrendering is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Is there any additional information you would like to share?  When I first started this deal, I thought it will last a few weeks, and I'll be right back to where I was.  When I hit a brick wall with weight loss, instead of giving in, I gave up the idea I could do it alone.  These guys showed me an entirely new way to think.  It started off as being a diet, but turned into a healthy lifestyle.  Once I broke my sugar addiction, I noticed old foods I ate sounded horrible, and I found new cravings for nutritious food.  It sounded impossible to me at one point.  I lost 143 pounds total.  Even now it's hard to believe.  I now eat healthy one day at a time.  These guys believed in me when I couldn't believe in myself.  Amazing!


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