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Meredith's Story

A major life change was the reason I quit caring for myself. Can you relate? I no longer liked the way I looked, and my self-esteem and depression were spiraling. My job as a Nursing Home Administrator had taken its toll on me both physically and emotionally. My high-stress professional routine caused weight gain and fatigue that was horrible and relentless! The stakes for my physical, emotional, and mental well-being were dangerously high; yet, I wasn’t sure I could afford a weight loss program...or that I wouldn’t fail at it either.

When I did take that step and go into Metabolic Research Center, I met with a very compassionate and understanding Manager. As I shared my story with her, she listened with her heart and fitted me with a program that I really felt like was tailored just for me. So, I joined the program, and I’ve never looked back from that life-changing decision. I lost 51 pounds in only 17 weeks; and that took me from a size 18 to a 12! Honestly, it was the unwavering support and the positive weigh-in experiences that helped get me to this better place where I am today. My new and great sense of self hardly recognizes that girl of my past!

My MRC experience had such a profound impact on my life, that I decided I wanted to do the same for others; and I joined the same team that helped me find my success. Now, with my own victory, I get to encourage others who struggle like I once did. At the time of this writing, it’s been 10 years since I lost my weight, and I’ve kept it off ever since. I am a living, breathing testament to the efficacy of MRC’s Maintenance Program. Honestly, it’s your weight loss insurance policy!

I’m often asked by clients how I’ve managed to maintain my weight for so long. So, I’ll share with you as I have with them - my office wall is stenciled with a quote - “I can, and I will” - and that reminds me daily how to stay at my goal weight. I also keep a “before” photo on my desk as a reminder of how far I’ve come (and how I never want to be that person again).

For me, weight loss has been a journey of creating new healthy habits. I did this by embracing the professional and compassionate guidance of my MRC Weight Loss Coaches. Even though I worked in the health field as a medical professional, I know that I never had the same knowledge as they did; and I would have never been able to find the same, long-lasting success on my own.

I have learned in my years with MRC as a both a client and a Coach that weight loss is more difficult for some than others; and every journey is different. It’s not always easy to stay on the “straight and narrow”, but I always like to tell my clients, “You can eat food as your medicine now; or you can eat medicine as your food later.” The best part, though, is that there are so many healthy options that are delicious! Personally, my favorite recipes are Buffalo Wing Dip, Mock Margaritas, and Breakfast Casserole (all in the MRC Cookbook). And that’s only just beginning to graze the surface of the kinds of foods that I got to enjoy while losing weight and you will, too!

Truly, I am overjoyed to have been blessed with a second career that enables me to make a difference in the lives of those that I humbly serve. Being the manager of the same center that changed my life, it is immeasurably rewarding to now share that experience with others and pay that service forward.

It took me daring to believe in myself to discover the absolute best version of myself. A part of me always knew she was there, but it was so hard to see her through the lens of the difficult and stressful time in my life that I was facing. MRC helped me to actualize that version of myself. And now I’m daring you. Summon up the courage to take that first step. The only thing you have to lose is the weight. Trust me when I tell you that Metabolic Research Center is unparalleled to other programs - trust me, I know. I was a client before I ever considered the possibility of being an employee. Like me, your dream of becoming healthier, happier and even hormonally balanced is only a phone call away! Come to MRC and experience our centers (so much to offer; and none of those things are judgment). Thriving is the expectation!

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MRC of Vancouver started me going in my attempt to loose 30 years of weight gain!! I have been using their program for about 18 months and have actually lost 30 pounds. I have changed the way I eat. I've learned what foods are best for ME. By analyzing my DNA and hormones, they helped me learn to eat what was right for me. I have "tweeked" my purchases and preparation of food to make eating healthy and still fun for me. I eat lots of veggies and salads and include a healthy diet of protein. These are very satisfying. Do I "cheat" now and then? Yes, but I don't like how I feel after eating sugar and lots of carbs so I return to my good foods quickly and continue to see my weight drop. I walk my little dog four times a day and have a part-time job that allows me a lot of movement. I feel so healthy and wonderful. It's easy to continue to eat and live a more healthy lifestyle! When I confessed about eating the wrong "foods", the gals simply encouraged me and gave me fresh ideas to satisfy my taste buds. I always felt I could be honest during my consultations with no fear of being lectured! I plan to continue until I reach my desired weight. I expect to reach my goal by 2017. After I reach my weight goal, I plan to remain in good health with my new found healthy way of eating the calories I need to maintain my proper weight. My Dr. is very pleased at my progress. She wondered how I have lost 30 pounds.

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