Wellness 180: Robin's Story
Robin Balmes, North Chicago
Lost 20 pounds
"As a pre-anesthesia nurse here at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, I see patients every day—people my age and a bit older—ending up in surgery because they haven’t taken care of themselves. So when I was put on blood pressure medication recently, things seemed to be heading that way for me as well.
"I heard about Wellness 180°™ and talked to my physician [Dr. Steven Lasin of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital]. He was thrilled with the idea and gave me a referral.
"I think the program is excellent, and I’ve never been an exercise person. I had tried Weight Watchers in the past. Wellness 180°™ is different because it’s a whole program—exercise, nutrition, counseling. At first it was hard work, and it took me some time to see results. It helps that you have a trainer encouraging you and pushing you through those difficult parts. The psychologist helped me understand behavior, like eating for reasons that have nothing to do with hunger. I’ve not only lost weight, I may be able to stop my blood pressure medication at some point.
"I have much more energy, and the sessions are precious time that I have to myself each week. With three kids and five grandchildren with me all the time—that’s important!"