Wellness 180: Sandra's Story
Sandra Weatherford, Pleasant Prairie
Eliminated some blood pressure medication, lowered blood sugar levels, lost 36 pounds
"I have diabetes and hypertension, partly because of my weight. I’ve started so many diets and weight loss programs. But you’re on your own with those, and it didn’t work for me. Then I saw some materials about Wellness 180°™, and I liked the idea that you have a whole team—an exercise trainer, a psychologist and a nutritionist—and you’re with other people.
"When I first started, my Hemoglobin 1 Ac [a measure of blood sugar levels] went down from a 7.1 to a 5.3—that’s good news for a diabetic. Now I’m in Phase three of the program, and I’ve eliminated one of my three blood pressure medications and lost 36 pounds. I’ve changed clothing sizes a few times, and I’m looking forward to losing another 10 to 15 pounds.
"I’d seen dietitians in the past, but this program gives me a better understanding of how to eat and stay active. I really love the program, especially being able to do it with other people. I’ve learned so much that even when I have a day on my own, I don’t feel alone."