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Musings of a Great Shape Graduate

Posted by: Karla Fuehrer, Guest Blogger   |   Thursday, September 15, 2011   |   Latest Articles   |   Back to Blog


Editor's Note: Great Shape is a six-month wellness program that gives individuals the opportunity to receive personalized support for healthy lifestyle changes. Karla is among the recent program graduates. We at Hendricks Regional Health are so proud of our "Great Shapers" and the inspiration they have provided to others.

I have learned a lot of things from the Great Shape Program. One of the things that just keeps coming up in my mind is that I do not have to be so hard on myself all of the time. I have learned to take one day at a time, not to expect results right away, to take my time to make good healthy choices when I plan meals or got out to eat, and that physical activity is very important. I now know that I've got to keep moving each and every day. I also have learned to change the way I think about myself and to have positive thoughts like, "You can do this, you are worth it, keep it up!"
The tools that I have learned in the program have been a great help like the calorie counter for restaurants, online meal planning help, and of course, my wonderful dietitian Carolyn from Hendricks Regional Health. I never really understood what a dietitian does, but I have come to realize the role they play in your success of weight loss is so important. Thank you Carolyn.  
I have been blessed to have the support of the Great Shape Program and from friends in the program like Suzanne who I have as a bod pod buddy she has been so helpful. I feel like I will be able to continue on this journey for the rest of my life and I will always be thankful for getting chosen for this program.  
I can also share these tools with my family and friends and help them along their journey too. I feel so much better physically since I started the program. It is so worth keeping to your plan and struggling to get the weight off when you feel better. My family has noticed a difference in my attitude towards food and how much better I feel. They are proud of me! 
I still have a long way to go in my journey but I am excited to keep the challenge of weight loss going because I know now I can do it.
 Thank you Great Shape!!!

Karla Fuehrer is a recent gradute of our Great Shape program, which helped her on her path to a healthier lifestyle.
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