Motivation- the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way. 

If there was a picture in the dictionary next to this definition, I think it would be of Rachel. That is why I am so glad she wants to share her story in our patient spotlight this month. If you missed the first patient spotlight series, check out Karlee’s story here.

Since August of 2012, Rachel has lost over 100 pounds. She did not work this hard to be the size society deems correct or to be told she is “skinny”. She did it for her health, to have a great active life with her family, but most of all- she did it for herself. 

Thank you, Rachel, for sharing your story and being a wonderful inspiration for us all. 

(left) Rachel in August 2012 before surgery (right) in November 2013

(left) Rachel in August 2012 before surgery; (right) in November 2013- 100+ pounds less

What was/is your motivation to lose weight?

Seeing myself in pictures was a real eye opener for me. There were times when I thought I looked perfectly fine when I got dressed in the mirror and then when I looked at a picture that was taken, I was very disappointed in my appearance. I would usually end up deleting the picture. I also knew that it was inevitable that the health problems associated with being overweight would soon be coming my way. I have a wonderful life and want to be here to enjoy it for as long as possible! 

Do you have any “wow” moments or goals you have reached?

The first time someone told me I was skinny was a shock to me. I’m not entirely sure they meant it as a compliment! In my opinion, it is the same as telling someone they are fat. I am confident that I am finally at the size where I am happy and my body is happy and healthy. I wanted to lose this weight for myself not for what someone else perceives to be the “right” size. I never told anyone what I weighed then and I don’t tell them now. I know that I am at a healthy weight for me. It is nice to hear “you look great” or “you look healthy” instead of “how much do you weigh?”. 

What advice would you give yourself at the very beginning?

Be happy and be excited for this new beginning and this new chance at living a healthy life! 

Rachel before and after- losing 100+ pounds

Rachel before and after- losing 100+ pounds

 What is one thing you do everyday to ensure your success?

I always make sure I have access to water. There is always a water bottle within reach. I never really took seriously how important water is to our vital organs! I also am aware of how important protein is for me and before I wasn’t really sure what protein even was. I am thankful everyday that I found WeightWise and the wonderful staff here!

Why did you choose WeightWise?

I started noticing that a few of my coworkers had lost significant amounts of weight. I began asking questions and all of them had been to WeightWise. After I met with the doctors and the staff, I felt very comfortable. The fact that some of the staff had previously had the surgery and with great results was very comforting. 

Is there anything else you would share or include for others?

The best thing my son ever said to me was “Mom, I don’t even remember you being overweight”. I know my family loves me for who I am and not for what I look like, but now I will be able to be more active with them and continue to make memories for a long time to come! 

Thank you again, Rachel! If you want to read other patient spotlight stories or want to share your story, please call 405-715-7122 or email me at lauren.a@weightwise.com.