Setting An Example For A Healthy Lifestyle

Our Nurse Practitioner Amy Daggett “weighs in”

My relationship with food is a double edged sword. Although I find comfort in creating delicious entrees and desserts, I lacked the will power needed to make healthy food choices. We live in a society where foods with low nutritional values are inexpensive and readily available whereas healthier choices are costly and require preparation. After years of losing this battle, at age 53 I found myself obese and depressed.

I am not alone in this struggle. In fact my sister found herself similarly defeated and we agreed to join Weight Watchers. That’s how it came to be that I made a New Year’s resolution for 2017 to lose 50 pounds before our annual family summer vacation in June. I am frequently asked if I will prescribe medication to promote weight loss. Truth is – there is no magic pill. Weight loss involves commitment and work. For me Weight Watchers proved to be the guidance that worked for me. Some people respond better to other plans or require bariatric surgical intervention. Regardless to the method motivation is essential.

I am happy to report that I met my goal of 50 pounds (that’s the equivalent of carrying around 10 bags of flour) before my vacation! My total cholesterol has decreased 30 points and I am able to walk 3-5 miles every day. I feel better physically and emotionally than I have in a long time.

I hope my story will help people find the courage to call a friend or family member, like my sister did, and say I need help let’s do this together. If someone asks you to battle weight loss with them, answer the call whether you want to lose 10 pounds or a hundred. If I can do it, you can do it as well!

Amy Daggett, RN, ANP