Les Carroll, News-Press Radio/TV General Manager and Seaside Communications Passport Gateway Magazine CEO is one of our grateful patients!
Since October, 2011 Les has shed 90 pounds and is enjoying the benefits that come along with a healthy lifestyle change. We recently met with him to hear about his success with the Sansum Clinic Doctors’ Weight Management Program.
What led you to the decision to change your lifestyle and lose weight?
Les: Last fall, thanks to encouragement from Doctors’ Weight Management Program patients Julie McGovern and Bob Igelsrud, I came to believe that I could reverse the Type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, acid reflux and borderline clinical obesity that had accompanied my 30-year, three pounds a year, weight gain. So, I attended a free introductory meeting at Sansum Clinic where I learned about all of the available Doctors’ Weight Management Program options and enrolled in the doctor- supervised Decision Free program.
How has your life changed as a result of the program?
Les: I’m off the Type-2 diabetes and blood pressure medications and haven’t experienced any acid reflux symptoms for over nine months. I’m maintaining the same weight that I was 45 years ago when I played varsity hockey, baseball and football in high school. The weight loss has dramatically improved the energy that I need to accomplish everything that needs to get done in my typical 60-70 hour work week.
What information about the program would you like to share with others who struggle with their weight?
Les: The Doctors’ Weight Management Program is flexible! I was looking for rapid results, so I chose the doctor- supervised Decision Free plan that relieved me from having to plan my meals, gave me the tools to achieve my weekly goals, and, most importantly, make the healthy lifestyle changes that have made it possible to maintain my goal weight. All I had to do was choose from an appealing variety of entrees and meal replacements and to plan my meals around my various activities. There are also at-home options for enrollees who can’t commit to the weekly classes and doctor visits that are included in the doctor- supervised Decision Free plan.
What were some of the challenges you encountered on your journey?
Les: The most difficult part was finding the time to complete at least 2,000 calories of weekly physical activity. My health educator took the time to analyze my work flow and make suggestions as to how I could incorporate a sufficient amount of walking into my daily schedule to meet or exceed the minimum weekly physical activity requirement.
Can you share some of the small successes you experienced that helped you stay on track?
Les: I was initially skeptical that ‘eating more’ would result in losing more. But the weight loss that I experienced in the first few weeks of the program convinced me to stay ‘in the box.” without ever feeling hungry.
Now that you’ve reached your goal, are you still involved in the Doctors’ Weight Management Program?
Les: The six months that I spent in the Decision Fee and Healthy Solutions programs gave me the tools that I’ve needed to maintain my goal weight for the past five months and the confidence that my diet of HMR meal replacements, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains will support my continuing commitment to healthy living.
Is there anything else you’d like readers to know?
Les: If I’d had any idea how much better I would feel at this weight, I’d have enrolled in the from Doctors’ Weight Management Program years ago; and, I encourage anyone interested in losing weight and improving their health to attend a free introductory meeting to learn just how easy it will be to enjoy a better quality of life.