It's Time.

We asked one of our patients about her experience with Dr. Meadows' medical weight loss program. This is her story...

"Hello. It's me. All 234 lbs. of me. And it's time.

My story is probably similar to many. I was thin and trim in my growing up years, and even managed to steer clear of gaining that 'freshman 15' in college. In my early adult years, I added a few pounds each year, but nothing that seemed significant at the time. Those pounds kind of snuck up on me. I dieted some, exercised some, and my weight fluctuated here and there, but mostly the scale went up, not down.

Then I got married and started having kids.

With each pregnancy, I gained somewhere between 10-20 lbs. With the necessity of a c-section with each child (and the recovery that followed), and having several children in relatively quick succession, I found that I was too tired and busy to focus on my weight. What energy I had was spent resting, healing, and then entirely on others... with very little focus on taking care of myself. Before I knew what had happened, it happened. I became the woman that I swore when I was younger that I would never become: the woman who 'let herself go.'

Each January, I toyed with the idea of getting serious about weight loss, but it seemed like a lot of hard work that I still didn't feel I had time for. I convinced myself that I didn't really care. And for a long time, it was a non-issue, but each year I gained a few more pounds. From a health perspective, I used to feel invincible, but to my surprise, with both age and weight advancing, I found I had aches, pains, complete lack of energy, and health issues that couldn't be ignored. I had to face the reality that all of this was due to my weight. I needed to do something about it, but I dreaded it and was in full procrastination mode.

And then I heard about Braley.

Braley wasn't some random, anonymous woman whose story was published in a magazine, who may or may not have actually lost weight. Braley's real. Braley is local, and she actually did lose the weight... quite a bit of it. Her story of her incredible transformation with 105+ lb. weight loss (WOW.) was so inspiring... and it seemed so doable. I was so impressed with her willingness to share both her story and pictures of her weight loss journey. Her energy and optimism were so contagious.

After hearing Braley's story and seeing her before/after pictures, I decided to follow in her footsteps and try Dr. Meadows' medical weight loss program. I was ready to shed the excess weight and feel like myself again!

On my first visit to Meadows Surgical Arts, I sat in the waiting room for just a couple of minutes, and the lady sitting next to me started to chat. She said, "I wish they could just start a