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Patient Stephanie Eisenberg Shares her Journey as a G.O. blog Contributer

Hello Go Weightloss fans!

My name is Stephanie Eisenberg and I wanted to introduce myself as the newest contributor to Greater Orlando Medical Weightloss. I’m 27 years old, and not even halfway through my weightloss journey, but I’m feeling great and loving the program.

A little over 12 weeks ago I made a phone call that changed my life. I called Greater Orlando Medical Weightloss and made an appointment.

After taking a good long hard look in the mirror (and subsequently breaking down into tears) I knew I had a problem. I saw a fat person looking back, and I was scared. What I didn’t realize is that I wasn’t just overweight and unhealthy, I was morbidly obese. When you’re not even 30 and the words “morbidly” and “obese” come out of a doctor’s mouth,it’s hard not to pay attention. So, I started the program.

I was scared at first. The word diet is a pretty frightening word, especially when the person following one has been on and off diets for the past 15 years. But, this program is different. I get to eat, and eat a lot. I started out having to take in 165 grams of protein a day. That’s a lot of protein! Now I’m down to 145 grams.

I started the program in the middle of April. Since then, I’ve lost 35 pounds, and I’ve discovered a lot about myself, and the best part is, I’m still in the discovery process.
I’m excited to share with you what’s becoming my future: a healthier and happier life. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and remember, you’re worth it. You’re worth taking control of eating issues, weight problems, and most importantly your health.

I know I’m worth it, and I know every minute I’ve spent on my own transformation has been worth it.

Always,
Stephanie Eisenberg

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Orlando Weight Loss Success Story – Stephanie Eisenberg

Stephanie Eisenberg:
“A Weight Loss Success Story”

Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss Patients Come First!

At 27 years old, busy television executive Stephanie Eisenberg decided that it was time to take control of her weight — and her life. After attempting to find an outfit for a special occasion and realizing that a closet-full of cocktail dresses no longer fit, Stephanie began her search to find a weight loss program that worked for her busy lifestyle.

Stephanie did her homework and took time to properly research weight loss centers throughout Central Florida. After making several unsuccessful phone calls to weight loss clinics that “just weren’t the right fit,” Stephanie finally spoke to Terri Martz, Head Weight Loss Counselor at GO Weight Loss, “who was great at explaining the program and made me feel comfortable right from the start,” said Stephanie.

“I didn’t agree with using the hormone HCG or going on a radical diet that could be detrimental to my health,” Stephanie said. “When I spoke to the people at GO Weight Loss, I knew I found the right program with a long term solution.”

At 14 weeks into the program, Stephanie has lost 35 pounds and is on track to achieving her weight loss goal of losing a total of 160 pounds. GO is helping her reach this goal by through a combination of nutrition counseling, medication therapy, behavior modification and exercise recommendations. This proven combination helps patients achieve their goals and make long-term lifestyle changes.

For Stephanie, her experience at GO Weight Loss has been about more than just losing weight:

“The program has changed the way I look at food and health. I’ve become an avid supporter of healthy habits and enjoy activities that support a healthy lifestyle. I still enjoy going

out with my husband and friends, I just have a new way of looking at things,” Stephanie said. “While I’ve become a healthier person physically, I also realized along the way that this weight loss journey meant more than physical weight loss. I’ve changed emotionally. I’m getting to the root of my issues with food and started to really believe in myself. I’ve always been confident when it comes to my work and professionalism, but I’m not as confident on the inside as I appear on the outside. Now, I know I am a strong, beautiful woman who can do anything I put my mind to.”

Orlando Weight Loss Clinic Guest Blogger Stephanie Eisenberg

Orlando Weight Loss Program Guest Blogger

Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss|Stephanie Eisenberg

 

Food Addiction

I’ve had a love affair with food since as long as I can remember. I say affair, because the term tends to have a negative connotation. I love to eat. I eat when I’m bored, I eat when I’m not. I eat when I’m hungry, and I eat when I’m full. I use food to escape my stress, but in turn, food stresses me out. I’m a self diagnosed food addict, and I’m not alone.

I grew up watching my mother’s weight fluctuate from healthy to skinny to overweight and back. She struggled with many of the same things I found myself struggling with. My mother and I flat out love food. We also love living in denial.

This is a picture of me in college my senior year:

I was an athlete, and in the best shape of my life while on the swim team. I still ate practically anything I wanted, but it helped that I was spending hours a day in a pool swimming as fast as I could.

This is me one year later:

Here’s where the denial kicks in. My food habits didn’t change, but my life sure did. I met a guy (whom I’m now married to) and I started my first job, which was in live television- extremely stressful to a 22 year old. I stopped working out, because I felt I didn’t need to, or I was too tired, or too stressed. I still ate the same way, and that’s how I let myself go. One thing I’ve realized about myself
through this process, Is that you can’t just change the exercise you do. Yes, I was in amazing shape when I swam, but I was only treating one part of my health. If you want to succeed in weight loss, you have to be willing to make changes to something many people stubbornly holdonto- their diet.

This is what happens when you’re stubborn. This is me this past March:

You get big. You get diagnosed as being morbidly obese at 27 years old. You find out you become at risk for serious health problems. It’s scary but it’s a wake
up call, and a necessary one.

This is what happens when you take control of your weight:

I started in April, and I’ve dropped 42.8 pounds. I started my journey at 245.8
pounds. I currently weigh 203 pounds. I don’t remember the last time I saw that
number. I am still addicted to food. I still crave certain things, but I’m learning what I can eat, how I can prepare it, and how it still can be utterly delicious.

Life’s too short to not be happy. I’ve never been prouder of myself and my own
achievements. I graduated from college, got an amazing job right after getting my degree, and started working in a top 20 television market at 23 years old. But I’ve never been happier with an achievement that I’ve made, than I am with taking control of my health. I get it. Life’s stressful. Sometimes you want to give in and quit. I know this for a fact. In my short life, I’ve lived through family stress, work stress, the stress of having a special needs brother who took up a great deal of my young adult life (of which I’m grateful for, I must add), but stress doesn’t have to control your life. You can. This program works for me. I’m happy, I’m healthy and I’m motivated. That in its self is a success. The weight loss is just a bonus.

Until next month,
Stephanie

Orlando Weight Loss Clinic Guest Blogger Stephanie Eisenberg – September 2012

Orlando Weight Loss Clinic Guest Blogger Stephanie Eisenberg

Obesity in America

A startling new report on obesity in the country was released earlier this

week. It shows that not only is the country in a bad situation right now,

it’s only going to get worse.

In a joint report put out by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the

Trust for America’s Health, researchers found that by 2030, the obesity ratewill skyrocket. in 13 states, more than 60% of the population will beobese.

In florida alone, 58% of people will be obese.

The scariest thing about these statistics, is that obesity is preventable.

Yes, there are those of us that are born with “bigger bones”, but genetics

is not an excuse to not take care of your health.

I look at myself, and I see someone who has always been the big girl. I’ve

always had big thighs, big arms, and a big waist. It’s as if as at one point

in time I decided well I’m big, there’s nothing I can do about it. WRONG.

Over the past 22 weeks, I’ve transformed the person I see in the mirror.

When I first started the program at Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss, I

weighed 245.8 pounds. i’ve lost more than 50 pounds since then. I still have

a bit to go to be healthy, but I’m getting there. If I can do it, on an

overnight shift schedule, anyone can.

I know what you’re thinking, “Stephanie, you don’t understand the stress in

my life.” You’re right. Everyone’s life consists of stress. From work

problems to family problems to money problems, everyone’s situation differs.

But I’ve had work problems, I’ve had money problems, and I’ve had family

problems. My 25 year old brother is autistic. He and I are incredibly close,

but in my youth I sacrificed a lot to be with him. Let me make this very

clear, I do not regret any decision I made in my life. My brother is one of

the most important people to me, and I’m glad I had every second I did with

him when I was in college living at home. But i do know the stress of living

with someone who can’t take care of themselves. Who needs to be cared for. I

may not have children, but I know what it’s like to be pulled in every which

way, and try to find a center. So understand me when I say that stress is an

excuse. It’s easier to sit in front of the couch and watch tv for a few

hours to try and forget the world around you. But that world isn’t going

anywhere.

There is no excuse for letting yourself go another day without being

healthy. Anyone can live a healthy lifestyle, you just have to be willing to

make the commitment to it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not an easy commitment.

It would definitely be easier to eat the junk, but you can live with out it.

It’d be easier to say I don’t want to go the gym, but the consequences of

not working out, aren’t worth it. The easy way out never led to anywhere

special.

Don’t let life be your excuse, let it be your motivator. We only have a

short time on this planet, we might as well make it so we can enjoy every

moment of it.

Until next month,

Stephanie Eisenberg

July 2013 Updates, News and Events

Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss Newsletter July 2013 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Friends, Happy Fourth of July! Have a Safe and FUN Fourth! This month we wanted to share a testimonial from one of our patient of the month – Debi Olsen. We hope you find her words and encouraging, we are so happy for you Debi!

Have you ever hit a “low” in your life?

Well, I sure did. I had such devastation in my life, losing my father suddenly and then losing my champion show dog. That sent me in a whirl-wind downward spiral, and that is when I turned to food for comfort. I went on a vacation to the mountains last summer and could not finish the hike to the waterfall, so I told my husband and friends to go on and I’ll wait for them. I sat there for a few minutes gathered myself and then I got up to continue on by myself. That is when an angel sent a family to me just as I was ready to collapse from exhaustion, her and her family walked with me the last 100 yards to the waterfall. That is when I decided that I needed to make THE change.

I talked it over with my loving husband and explained how I was feeling and that I needed to change things for the better. I was active to a small degree, but when it came to eating I was lost. I started my Journey with Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss clinic in August 2012 and have not looked back. I was taught to eat the right foods and I also started a more productive workout regimen. I have lost a total of 90 lbs in 43 weeks. I am almost to my goal and I can’t believe it!!

I cannot explain how truly amazing I feel at this time, but can tell you the smile on my face has only gotten bigger. I have done 3 5K’s and have more scheduled. I’ve gotten stronger physically and mentally. When I started off I was excited that I was doing it for me, but as my goal gets closer I hope that my story has also inspired my family and friends to do something good for them. I tell everyone that I’m not on a “diet” but I’m on a new journey for living. I have a motto that I tell myself every morning when I get up: “No pain, no gain. Believe in yourself and “YOU” will achieve it.” -Debi Olsen ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We have a new contest for July! If you lose weight for 4 consecutive weeks, you will be a winner and receive a token to win a prize or discount on your visit! It could be one of the following: * Discount for your visit or a FREE visit * FREE products * FREE supplements * Extra B6 and/or B12 Inquire Today! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A Healthier Way to Grill July 2013 From the Desk of Dr. Cruz

Proudly Serving Central Florida for over 14 years

Hopefully many of you will be enjoying the inevitable Fourth of July Bar B Q! Many times we refer to WebMd for weight loss tips and ideas. This month is ” A healthier Way to Grill”. This article highlights general healthy tips for grilling and is a useful guide. You may need to adjust the recipes depending on what phase you are in. Enjoy!

Dr. Cruz

A Healthier Way to Grill 6 ways to avoid the pitfalls of barbecuing WebMD Weight Loss Clinic – Expert Column

What’s the word on grilling: Is it a good thing or a bad thing? After all, one of the golden rules of eating healthy at restaurants is to choose “grilled” foods over “fried” choices. That’s because grilled food is generally a healthier choice — there’s no batter coating or dripping grease.Besides, there’s something about the act of grilling that just makes food look and taste fantastic. Is it the smoky flavor, the fun flavors of marinades, the grill lines that form on the food, or the fresh taste that comes from cooking something over high heat for a short amount of time? Try all of the above!

I hate to burst your “isn’t-grilling-fun?” bubble, but the way I see it, there are two nutritional downsides to grilling.

* Many Americans end up eating very high-fat meats and sausages when they fire up the barbie — pumping yet more calories, fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol into their diets. * Then there’s the matter of a couple of potentially cancer-causing compounds: polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs). PAHs form when fat from the meat drips onto the hot coals or grill element. They’re then deposited on the food courtesy of flame-ups and rising smoke. Unfortunately, that yummy charring that forms on meat can contain PAHs as well. HCAs, meanwhile, are produced when red meat, poultry and fish meet high-heat cooking, like grilling or broiling.

But don’t despair, grill lovers — a new, healthy way to grill is possible!

6 Keys to Healthy Grilling Follow these tips, and you can grill without guilt.

1. Grill Fruits and Vegetables

Grilling fruits and vegetables is a great idea, whether or not you’re grilling meat or fish to go with them. We all need to eat more fruits and vegetables, and this is an appealing way to serve them. I probably don’t need to remind you that eating fruits and vegetables benefits the body in so many ways — reducing your risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, obesity, and some types of cancer. But here’s the best part: PAHs and HCAs don’t form on grilled fruits and vegetables. Plus, if you are having grilled meat, it’s a great idea to get antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables in the same meal. Some fruits and vegetables that are great to grill: * Tomatoes * Onions * Bell peppers * Zucchini * Eggplant * Endive * Pineapple * Mango * Apple * Pear

2. Grill Smart, Grill Lean

When you’re grilling meat, limit the amount of fat that drips on the coals by starting with lean cuts trimmed of visible fat and skin. If you put a very lean cut of beef or pork, or skinless chicken, onto the grill, you’re off to a healthy start. (Following Tip No. 3 can help make most lean cuts more tender and tasty, too.)

3. Marinate, Marinate, Marinate

You’ve gotta love the idea of infusing flavor into meats, fruits, and vegetables by soaking them in a tasty marinade. Some favorite marinade ingredients include wines, vinegars, lemon or lime juice, low-sodium soy sauce, honey, garlic, onions, herbs, and spices. Use fat-free or low-fat marinades on your grilled meats, fish, and poultry to limit the fat that drips on the coals. The simple act of marinating before grilling has been shown to reduce the formation of HCAs by as much as 92% to 99% in some studies.

Keep these marinating tips in mind:

* When choosing bottled marinades or making your own, look for products or recipes that contain olive or canola oil (and that only use a little oil). * Refrigerate any foods that are marinating longer than 1/2 hour. * Don’t baste your food during grilling with the liquid the meat was marinating in (this passes raw meat juices to your cooked meat). Before you add the meat, set aside some of your marinade for this purpose. * Meats and poultry should marinate at least 1-2 hours; fish and vegetables generally only need to marinate for an hour.

4. Cut Down on Grilling Time

Grill smaller portions of meat, poultry, and fish so they cook faster and spend less time on the grill. Another trick is to precook the meat, fish, and poultry in the oven or microwave, then finish cooking on the grill.

5. Flip It — Flip It Good

Flipping food frequently may help prevent the formation of HCAs, according to recent research using hamburger patties. To turn meat without piercing it (which releases juices that drip onto the coals), use tongs or spatulas instead of a fork.

6. Skewer It

A fun way to cut down on grilling time is to thread small pieces of meat or fish on a skewer. Scallops and shrimp are naturals for skewers, too. I like to alternate pieces of meat, chicken, or seafood with bell pepper and onion pieces, zucchini slices, cherry tomatoes, and/or small mushrooms. Don’t have skewers? No problemo. I love to use branches of rosemary as my skewers. They infuse a hint of rosemary into the food as it cooks — not to mention the beautiful presentation it makes.

Fire Up the Barbie

Now that you’ve learned some healthy grilling secrets, here are three lightened-up recipes to try.

Patient of the Month – Renne’s Story – Orlando Weight Loss Success

Great Work Renne, we are so proud of you!

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Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss helped me to lose the weight I could not lose on my own. Before starting the program I had spent years feeling helpless and out-of-control.I now look forward to seeing Terri and Madeline each week, as they are my own personal cheerleading team.I’m so excited to have not only enough energy to get through life but to get involved and enjoy life.
I was so excited when I was offered a sit-down, office job almost ten years ago. What I didn’t realize was my eating habits should have changed to support my new, sedentary lifestyle.I continued to rationalize as the pounds came on, and I would avoid cameras, scales, and mirrors. My energy was depleted, and I started to realize I didn’t have the energy to do even the simple tasks of daily life, much less to have hobbies or interests.I’d order a large pizza on Sundays and eat the whole thing by myself while watching TV. My dog and I both gained weight because I wasn’t getting out much.

Last October, I caught a cold that wouldn’t go away. I had four trips to the doctor and tried a variety of medication. The last trip was the day after Christmas, when I saw that I weighed 222 pounds.I wanted to cry.How did I get this bad?This wasn’t the way I wanted to spend the rest of my life. That was when I found Greater Orlando Medical Weight Loss. I was a little skeptical at first. I had tried and failed Medifast, Weight Watchers, and making changes on my own. Could they really help? Could I stay motivated? How would this time be different?

This time IT was different. The support from Terri and Madeline has been phenomenal, and the approach was easy to follow. They’ve been so helpful and supportive throughout this journey. I’ve lost over 80 pounds in eight months, and my dog is looking healthy too! I love having energy to go places and do things I’ve started cooking and trying new foods, running, learning Korean (my godson is Korean), and I just enrolled in swimming lessons!

Success Story – Karen Michael

My weight has yo-yoed up and down since I was in college. I gained the usual college 15 and extra weight with the birth of each of my three children which remained attached to me for the following 20 plus years. I have been on every weight loss program out there at one time or another. I would be fairly successful on some of these programs but always gained the weight back, plus a few extra pounds, very quickly.
I am now working for a company that has a health initiative every year around this time. My blood work last year showed high cholesterol and high blood pressure for the first time. I knew that I had to do something about the extra weight I had put on. I talked to Dr. Cruz, my primary care physician, that day, about his weight loss program and signed up for a consultation that week. I began the program and was coached weekly by the terrific ladies at Dr. Cruz’s office. Terri, Madeline and Brenda have become friends who I look forward to seeing every week.
It is now a year later. I am 50lbs. lighter even after three cruises and the holiday season. I lost weight and body fat every week on the program until I reached my goal. I never felt hungry and the program helped me lose my sweet tooth and dependency on carbs. Now when I am hungry I reach for my proteins and have a fruit as a snack. The supplements are great too…I took all the recommended supplements and swear by the Nopalina! I recommend the yogurt/pudding! It’s delicious and is now a favorite snack of mine. When I reached my goal weight, which I have never done on another program. I started on maintenance and began adding a few carbs back into my diet but found that they are no longer what I crave. I continued to lose about five more pounds even after starting maintenance.
I now know that what I learned from Dr. Cruz and his staff is a new way of life. I am so pleased with my new body and have much more confidence in my personal and professional life…not to mention the really cute clothes I can wear now. I have so much more energy and feel better than I ever had. I suffer from some intestinal problems and they have all but disappeared. I know that I have motivated my own children and some go-workers to also take stock of their health.
This week as I prepare to pack my suitcase for yet another cruise I am not worried about the buffet lines and the endless meals as I know what choices to make. And being able to pack the gown my daughter wore to her High School Homecoming dance is just a bonus.
Thank you Dr. Cruz, Terri, Madeline, and Brenda for believing in me and motivating me through the last year!!
Karen M

Karen’s success story

My weight has yo-yoed up and down since I was in college. I gained the usual college 15 and extra weight with the birth of each of my three children which remained attached to me for the following 20 plus years. I have been on every weight loss program out there at one time or another. I would be fairly successful on some of these programs but always gained the weight back, plus a few extra pounds, very quickly.
I am now working for a company that has a health initiative every year around this time. My blood work last year showed high cholesterol and high blood pressure for the first time. I knew that I had to do something about the extra weight I had put on. I talked to Dr. Cruz, my primary care physician, that day, about his weight loss program and signed up for a consultation that week. I began the program and was coached weekly by the terrific ladies at Dr. Cruz’s office. Terri, Madeline and Brenda have become friends who I look forward to seeing every week.
It is now a year later. I am 50lbs. lighter even after three cruises and the holiday season. I lost weight and body fat every week on the program until I reached my goal. I never felt hungry and the program helped me lose my sweet tooth and dependency on carbs. Now when I am hungry I reach for my proteins and have a fruit as a snack. The supplements are great too…I took all the recommended supplements and swear by the Nopalina! I recommend the yogurt/pudding! It’s delicious and is now a favorite snack of mine. When I reached my goal weight, which I have never done on another program. I started on maintenance and began adding a few carbs back into my diet but found that they are no longer what I crave. I continued to lose about five more pounds even after starting maintenance.
I now know that what I learned from Dr. Cruz and his staff is a new way of life. I am so pleased with my new body and have much more confidence in my personal and professional life…not to mention the really cute clothes I can wear now. I have so much more energy and feel better than I ever had. I suffer from some intestinal problems and they have all but disappeared. I know that I have motivated my own children and some go-workers to also take stock of their health.
This week as I prepare to pack my suitcase for yet another cruise I am not worried about the buffet lines and the endless meals as I know what choices to make. And being able to pack the gown my daughter wore to her High School Homecoming dance is just a bonus.
Thank you Dr. Cruz, Terri, Madeline, and Brenda for believing in me and motivating me through the last year!!
Karen M