Weight Loss Testimonials

David A.

Milestone Reached: 121.6 lbs. lost

My name is David, I am retired and 65 years old. Weight has been a serious problem for me since my 30’s. I have now lost over 100 pounds three times in my life. The first time I lost 120 pounds, the second time I lost 110 pounds. Over the course of a few years I always put the weight back on. I have lost count of the times I lost 40-60 pounds. In the summer of 2018 I began having health issues. It was not until November/December of 2018 that I went to the doctor. I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation and Sleep Apnea. I now use a CPAP machine during sleep and take medication for my heart. I was taking two types of blood pressure medicine, a blood thinner and two types of cholesterol medicine.

My cardiologist is the one who told me about HMR. He said you have proven you can lose the weight, your problem is you don’t know how to keep it off. He highly recommended the HMR Program and said it has a very high success rate. What I liked about the program after checking it out was the rapid weight loss without surgery, drugs, etc. Also the fact that it is medically supervised which was important to me because of my health issues. The results of my treatment for Sleep Apnea along with my successful weight loss through the HMR program have been life changing. I feel great! I now sleep and wake up rested and no longer take or need naps. When I began HMR I chose Decision Free. On Decision Free I lost 105 pounds in 20 weeks. I stayed with Decision Free up to losing 113.9 pounds at which point I switched to Healthy Solutions. As I write this I have now lost 121.6 pounds in 26 weeks. I only have 13 more pounds to go to reach my goal. Again, it feels great! The dosage of my blood pressure medicine has been cut 3 times now. My cholesterol meds have also been reduced, I now take a low dose every other day. I can now do things that last summer I thought I would never be able to do again. My life has changed and I am very happy and thankful.

I highly recommend the HMR Program. I am proof that rapid weight loss is possible and that it can be done safely. I will forever be thankful to the HMR staff for helping me to achieve this success and for being the friends I feel they have become. I am certain that I will keep the weight off once and for all, my health demands it; plus I’m too old to have to do this again.

Jenny P.

Milestone Reached: 110 lbs. lost

I have been obese my whole life. I cannot count the number of times I have tried other diets and failed after only a short amount of time. Over the last 15+ years I have told myself countless times that I am still young and have plenty of time to lose all the weight and not to worry about it right now. I came to the realization that I had just been telling myself that because I didn't think I could be anything else. I didn't think I could ever lose the weight so I wasn't really trying.  In October of 2018 after adopting our son, I realized I HAD to do something. I knew I needed to get healthy so I could be the best version of myself for my family.  I was tired of feeling miserable physically. I was tired of not liking the way I looked. I was tired of being scared for the future. I was just tired.  I set a goal that by my 30th Birthday (August 2019) I would be down 100lbs.

I wasn’t on any medications when I started the program, but I know that if I would have continued the way I was going, it was only a matter of time before all the health complications started.

The HMR program has changed my life. The plan works if you just follow it. Within the first few weeks of seeing the weight fall off, I had the confidence that this was going to work, and I was determined this time would be different.  This program takes the decisions out for you. There is no meal prep, everything is ready for you and you know exactly what you can eat – that was a game changer for me. The accountability and support you get from the staff at the clinic are amazing. I go to class each Monday and get weighed in. This helps me stay accountable all week long and not slip up. The coaches, nurses and doctors at the clinic truly want you to succeed and push you to realize you are worth it and you can do this. My coach Brook has been a huge part of my success. She is always pushing me to succeed, providing motivation, encouragement and there for any questions I might have.

I have been on HMR for 8 months and have lost 110 lbs.  If I can do it, anyone can do it! I am still on the program and want to lose 55 more lbs. I will then transition to phase 2 at the clinic where I know I will be able to keep the weight off and live a healthy life style.

Susan

Milestone Reached: 75 lbs. lost

My husband and I began the HMR program in October of 2017. I have throughout my life struggled with weight issues. Over the years I tried many plans and programs. Although I might lose a little weight, I was never completely satisfied and once I no longer worked the program I would gain back and many times more weight than I lost. (I was never “trained” how to maintain.

As we began this journey, I set my weight loss goal at 50 pounds—because of my history I truly never expected to reach that goal. Although the program is designed to be quick loss, mine was not quick but steady. But by sticking to the plan and seeing success, even small steps, is so very rewarding. Slowly but surely, I did meet that goal and extended my goal another 10 pounds. Even as I transitioned to Phase 2, I continued to lose another 10 pounds. Now as I continue to apply the skills the coaches have taught me, I am happily maintaining and/or continuing to lose as I am learning to reintegrate into the outside world of eating.

The major portion of the program that I try to focus on is the life skills we discuss and establish for the rest of our lives. (This is not a DIET, it is a LIFE STYLE CHANGE!)

  1. I learned to accept/then enjoy daily exercise: from couch potato to 325-400 PA (physical activity) daily. I even got so aggressive with the exercise at one point that I had to cut back because I could not consume enough calories to cover the PA. (Great catch by my coach.)
  2. I have learned to reach for vegetables or fruits when hunger strikes rather than chips, crackers, pretzels, etc. This simply takes being prepared with a well-stocked kitchen and pantry.
  3. Learning to keep records has been the biggest blessing. Keeping track as I progress through the day, keeps me on target with wise choices, plenty of water, and consciously planning activity. I tend to forget what I have consumed unless I record immediately.
  4. Being part of a group/class helps by providing education, accountability, encouragement, and recommendations and ideas by others who have established the same or similar goals. To hear others’ challenges and victories reminds us we are not alone in our journey!
  5. Knowing our “trigger” food helps us to avoid these and there by choose healthy choices. Not that you must avoid completely, just knowing limitations.

This program is helping me to maintain a healthy weight and a new committed lifestyle. Although I now have the freedom to eat anything I choose, I have been taught to think about my decisions –moderation of portion size and timing (how often). I have not only lost 75 pounds, but I am healthier, happier, and more positive about myself.

Through this program I have learned to like myself for who I am, and to realize that I am worth it (in every aspect: I am worth the effort, I am worth the expense, and I am worth the time.)

To maintain I daily keep faithful records, make sure to get some type of physical activity, make sure my kitchen is stocked with appropriate food choices, and communicate with my health coach and a few class members periodically to keep myself accountable.

Our HMR staff in Tulsa is TOP NOTCH!! They are friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, encouraging, strict, and stern (when necessary).

Robin B.

Milestone Reached: 95 lbs. lost

"I have been overweight all of my life and after I had my son, I just never lost the extra weight. As I have gotten older my health was declining. My blood pressure was creeping up and I had to start taking BP medication. Every time we checked, my A1C was getting closer to the diabetic range. I have a family history of diabetes and knew I did not want to be diabetic. When I found out OHI was starting a weight loss program, I signed up immediately and was in their first class.

With the help of the OHI staff, I have lost 95 pounds and kept it off for several months. I am no longer considered prediabetic and am slowly weaning off the BP meds. It is a daily process and I have to be on guard so I don’t fall back into old habits. They have a weekly maintenance class that helps me stay on course. I exercise daily and I love it. I never really enjoyed exercise but now I don’t feel right if I miss a day. I love how I look and feel now and I don’t ever plan to go back to what I was. This me is so much more fun!"

Brook M.

Milestone Reached: 50 lbs. lost

"The HMR program offered by the Weight Loss & Wellness Center at Oklahoma Heart Institute has changed my life! In February, weighing over 200 pounds, I was ready and needed to transform my unhealthy lifestyle but did not know where to begin. Thankfully a friend of mine told me of HMR. I knew with the structured program and support of so many people I could have a successful transformation. The HMR program and the WLWC staff provided me with the education and tools to begin transforming myself into a healthy person. I was amazed how fast I began to see results in my overall wellness, weight loss and strength. I feel the best I have ever felt and am so thankful to be a part of this amazing program! I went from a size 18 to a size 5; I never thought that would happen. I'm close to achieving my ideal body weight and now on the right path to receiving a lifetime of health benefits!"

Donnie L.

Milestone Reached: 100 lbs. lost

"I was pretty unhealthy. I was overweight, out of shape. I smoked for 20 years - you name it. I didn't take it seriously. I thought, 'that's something I can deal with later.' I wondered what I could do. I started Decision-Free, and I've surprised myself. I seek to be healthy and have a lot of motivation. It's a mindset that you want to do it. I get a second chance."

Gail E.

Milestone Reached: 75 lbs. lost

"I’m your average, middle-aged, working mom. I always put my children and husband before myself. I justified my weight by all the responsibilities I had and was always ‘waiting for the right time.’ Having small children and a chronically ill husband, I finally realized that the BEST way to take care of my family started with me and taking care of myself first. I was determined to figure out how to fit time in for myself amongst all the responsibilities that pulled me in a million different directions. HMR was easy and convenient! Just follow the plan. I started Healthy Solutions and haven’t looked back! I gave myself small goal and made a list of ‘non-number goals.’ I’m happy to say that I have met all of those goals. And, I met my first goal of 50lbs before my 35th birthday! Setting small obtainable goals helps me focus and not get overwhelmed by the big picture. I’ve realized that the journey won’t end once I’ve hit my goal weight. I will always be on this journey to maintain a normal, healthy weight and establish good health practices with diet and exercise. I hope to instill these health practices in my children and am always looking for ways to include my kids in being active. But for now the journey continues …”

Cathey W.

Milestone Reached: 25 lbs. lost

"Before finding the HMR diet, I was so frustrated. I tried to lose the extra weight for many years with fad diets and strenuous exercise. The result was weight gain, confusion about what I should be eating, hunger and a tired, achy body. None of my clothes fit anymore, and I refused to buy yet a larger size. I heard about HMR and decided to try it. Not only did I lose weight the very first week, I lost weight without being hungry. I was so excited! I consistently lost weight every week for a total of 23 pounds in 12 weeks. The weight seemed to fall off; I felt like it was a miracle. Every week, I weighed in with my cohorts and received encouragement from the HMR team. They helped me with eating plans and record keeping, helping me stay on track. The meals and shakes are delicious and convenient. The plan has a lot of variety with protein bars, hot cereal and soup. For the first time in 15 years, my New Year’s resolution list was missing 'lose weight.' The problem is that I did have to buy new clothes after all - two sizes smaller!"

Ric B.

Milestone Reached: 50 lbs. lost

“About four months and 65 pounds ago, I was on a compound of three blood pressure medications and a related potassium supplement. The potassium and two of the components have now been discontinued, and the dose of the remaining component has been cut in half. Not coincidentally, I feel better than I remember ever feeling. I find myself taking fewer naps and getting much more done around the house because I have so much more energy. Amazingly, the process of losing this weight has been relatively easy through the HMR program. In addition to the shakes, there's a pretty good assortment of satisfying foods, so I've not only never felt hungry, but cravings haven't been a big problem. If you follow the program, you will lose weight. And the more tightly you follow it (which I haven't found to be all that difficult), the faster you will lose weight. Equally important, they don't abandon you when the weight is off, but they give you tools to actually keep it off.”

Kelly S.

Milestone Reached: 75 lbs. lost

"As a physician, I often talk to patients about their weight and the impact it has on their health. When I was obese, the patients would often look at me like, ‘who are you to talk about weight.’ I realized to better help patients with their health, I needed to address my own weight issue. The easy-to-follow Phase 1 of the HMR diet helped me get my weight where it needs to be to improve my health and allow me to talk to patients about their weight without hypocrisy. Phase 1 also taught me ways to include physical activity in my already busy life. For me, the most important part of the HMR program has been Phase 2. In today's high calorie, super-sized portion food environment, it takes planning to maintain health. HMR Phase 2 has been essential for me to learn to add back "regular" foods while I make sure I keep off the weight lost."

Program Participant

Milestone Reached: 75 lbs. lost

“I am writing this testimonial to share my personal experience with Weight Loss and Wellness Center. I learned about the program from my cardiologist at Oklahoma Heart Institute, who recommended this great option for me to reduce my hypertension, get off the medication and for other cardiovascular risk reduction. I joined the program (Healthy Solutions) and have since lost 62 pounds within 6 months. My blood pressure is normal, and eventually, I will be off the medication. I am feeling great, having so much more energy to do the things I want to do with my family. The staff provides the best support system anyone can ask for; the classes are very informative. The program itself is made with the individual in mind; the food selection is fantastic. I highly recommend this program because you will lose the weight, and your overall health will improve immensely."

Tara G.

Milestone Reached: 75 lbs. lost

“What stands out to me about the HMR program at the Oklahoma Heart Institute is my lack of suffering and overall success. I have a long history of battling my weight. I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) in my teens. This diagnosis and related symptoms left me feeling hopeless and stuck…….destined to be obese for life. I followed the fad diets and the latest advice in an attempt to give myself a healthier life, but it did nothing but do damage to my body. HMR shifted all of that. By following the program, all of the snares that tripped me up before were replaced with support. Losing weight faster and with more consistency than I ever did before kept me motivated. The Decision Free diet helped me to find my groove and not fall off the diet simply because I had gotten too busy and was not able to plan. Forming relationships with the other program members gave me the hope and encouragement I needed as well as receiving support and timely answers from my health educator. The time that I have spent in Phase 1 of this program has truly been an investment in me and my family’s health and well-being. I look forward to what rewards will come in Phase 2!”

Kenny G.

Milestone Reached: 60 lbs. lost

"I heard about the program on the radio and decided to attend the information session. After learning how successful the program was I decided to give it a try. I lost 60 pounds in 13 weeks on the Healthy Solutions Program. My approach was to strictly follow the program and the coaching I received from the staff. As a result, I lost 11 pounds the first week and averaged a 4 pound loss each week until my goal was met. As the weight came off, I was able to increase my exercise from walking to jogging and in most weeks even doubled my recommended per week physical activity requirement. I think the key to the rapid weight loss I experienced in the program was that I strictly adhered to the diet (getting the prescribed meal replacements each day), completed the required amount of physical activity plus some each week, kept records of everything I consumed each day and attended each weekly meeting where I learned a wealth of information. I was very impressed with the program and the dedication each participant received from the knowledgeable staff. The path to a healthy weight and better life begins with your decision to develop that path into a healthy lifestyle and the HMR Program is a great way to do just that."

Charles M.

Milestone Reached: 100 lbs. lost

“In July, I went for my six month check up with my cardiologist and weighed 280 pounds at that time. During my exam he asked me if I knew about the HMR diet. I didn’t, so he told me I should probably check it out. I did and was impressed with the program and its medical supervision. I joined and set my goal weight at 220 pounds. The weight came off quickly and so I decided to lower my goal weight to 200 pounds. The weight kept coming off so I changed my goal weight again to 185 pounds. I ended up exceeding my total weight loss goal by 20 pounds – so I lost a total of 100 pounds. Amazing! During the weight loss I have eliminated two blood pressure meds and cut another one in half. I am now in Phase 2 and learning how to maintain my weight. This is an excellent program and I highly recommend it to anyone.”

Rachel S.

Milestone Reached: 42 lbs. lost

“My light bulb moment happened back in November 2016. It was the moment I decided what I’ve been doing to get fit wasn’t working. I have 5 children all under the age of 12 and work full-time. My busy life-style definitely made it hard to successfully loose the weight on my own. It was a struggle being 201 pounds and 5’3”. I was tired of being left behind and not able to go on the amusement park rides with my kids. My good friend/co-worker lost over 100 pounds in less than a year which gave me the nudge I needed to believe that I can do it too! I was excited to get started so I began the program the day before Thanksgiving. Immediately started seeing results! I learned that as long as I stuck to the program it would prove to be successful. There were ups and downs – some weeks I lost 5 lbs and others would be closer to just .2 lbs, but I stuck with it. I met my weight loss goal in April 2017 and never felt better. I currently still manage my weight between what I put in my body and how much physical activity I do. If I want to lose more then I move more. I am so glad I used HMR to kick start my life, no longer being left behind. My coach Brooke and nurse Terri gave me the weekly encouragement to stay on track and now look at me. I’m so happy I can finally join my kids on the amusement park rides!”

Bud R.

Milestone Reached: 88.5 lbs. lost

“I am a 63 year old male with Atrial Fibrillation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. My cardiologist and primary care physician agreed that I needed to lose weight. I tried various other programs and diets which worked to get rid of a few pounds, but the pounds came back as soon as I stopped. So I decided to try the Health Management Resource (HMR) program in January 2017 through Oklahoma Heart Institute."

"I set a weight loss goal of 100 lbs but my real goal was to stop and possibly reverse some of the health issues I was facing. I began losing weight immediately on the HMR diet, losing 8 lbs in the first 4 days. I have continued to steadily lose weight on the program, averaging just less than half-a-pound a day. I have lost 88.5 lbs so far in less than a year. Best of all, I have cut my blood pressure medicine in half and I have more energy than I have had in years. My fasting blood sugar is down 50 points from just 4 months ago."

"The diet consists of boxed meals, shakes, cereal and soup which are microwaved in less than two minutes and there is plenty of variety. There is a minimum number of shakes and meals you have to eat but you are not limited by how many meals or shakes you want. I practice "more is better" since I eat twice the amount of meals and enjoy more than the minimum number of shakes each day. It's hard to believe that you can eat more and lose weight, but I'm living proof."

"Exercise is part of the program. You are encouraged to exercise a minimum amount of time each week. It's not hard to meet the minimum required and in fact, soon becomes even easier as you shed the pounds. Your weight loss is monitored by medical staff, complete with periodic blood work to help track your progress."

"The program consists of two phases. The first phase is all about losing your weight quickly and safely. The second phase is dedicated to teaching you how to maintain your weight loss through healthy choices and lifestyle change. I'm now in phase two. I can see the finish line and I'm proud of myself for this accomplishment. I'm surprised at how doable this program is."

"I really enjoy the weekly meetings and seeing the other participants. I look forward to trading recipes, sharing experiences and motivating each other. We celebrate the weight loss milestones but more importantly we celebrate the common effort and achievement as we battle being overweight in a society that helps to make being overweight easy."

"I would recommend the HMR diet to anyone ready to get serious about losing the weight. In fact, I have recommended it to everyone that says, Bud, you've really lost weight. What have you been doing?"

Mark F.

Milestone Reached: 89 lbs. lost

At 46 years old I was on a path I didn’t want to be on. I weighed 320 pounds, had high blood pressure as well as sleep apnea and couldn’t walk down the block without getting shin splints. I asked my doctor about gastric bypass surgery and he refused. He said that I am an athlete and a performer who is disciplined enough to do it the old fashioned way with some help. That help was Health Management Resources (HMR).

This program took all the guesswork out because there weren’t points or calorie counting. What makes this program stand out is the staff. The level of accountability and support was unlike anything I had experienced in my other attempts to lose weight. I now have the tools to maintain my new outlook for the long haul.

In about 15 months I lost 89 pounds! I started running 5k’s and obstacle endurance races and am off all blood pressure medications and no longer have sleep apnea.

HMR changed my life.

Jim M.

Milestone Reached: 50 lbs. lost

HMR saved my life. I grew up thin and was thin for the first part of my legal career. I have always had a self image of a thin person even after I became overweight. I knew that I was sedentary, overweight and unhealthy. I tried several fad diets but kept returning to my old ways by cheating on the diet or finding some loophole in the diet’s rules. I needed a lifestyle change. HMR understood where I was coming from. Their program is called Decision Free. With medical supervision they put me on a low calorie that as long as I stayed with their food it was impossible to abuse.

For roughly six months, I ate their food. My old self would ask for more food and all I could eat was HMR low calorie food. I also exercised. Before this diet, I was in such bad shape that I would be out of breath on my walks to the courthouse. I started out walking 30 minutes a day but before long I was walking an hour and a half at a time wearing a weighted backpack. Around Thanksgiving, I was scheduled to walk in a 5K. By then, my fitness was better so I decided to run instead. I was sore for days, but now I’m running 5Ks and working myself up to 5 mile runs.

I have benefited greatly from this change in lifestyle. I never get tired of reintroducing myself to friends I haven’t seen in six months or talking about this new way of life. HMR provided the support framework to get me to this point and they are still here. I go to meetings once a week and still use their food as part of an overall healthy diet.

Tim S.

Milestone Reached: 80 lbs. lost

At my heaviest I weighed 340 pounds. In January 2016 I began a popular diet counting points. I lost 40 pounds over a period of about six months. By February 2017, I had gained 20 pounds back. I knew I needed to do something to get the weight off and keep it off. A friend told me about the HMR program at Oklahoma Heart Institute. The next day I called and got set up to come to the class to learn about the program. I started the HMR Decision Free program on March 16, 2017. My starting weight was 319.9 and my goal was to lose 80 pounds.

When I started the program, I was diabetic and taking medication for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. As I began to lose the weight, my health began to improve and my energy level increased. By June I was completely off my diabetes medication. I went from 40mg per day of my blood pressure medication to 10mg per day. My cholesterol numbers are now normal.

On October 9, 2017 I reached my goal weight of 239. My waist went from 54” to 42” and I have substantially more energy than before. I also have eliminated the joint pain I had in my hips and
knees.

The bottom line is that this program works. I have tried several diets in the past and even though I would lose 30 or 40 pounds I always gained it back. The HMR food is good and convenient. The support and education you get from the HMR staff is priceless. They want you to succeed and provide you the tools to do so. I have been in Phase 2 since October 9 and have maintained my goal weight for 4 months now. I feel and look healthier than I have in years.

Henry F.

Milestone Reached: 55 lbs. lost

For most of my life, my weight had never been a problem. Growing up I was very tall and active in school sports. With the onset of my sixties, things changed very quickly. My wife and I joined
a weight-loss program and stuck it out for four years until we were forced to admit defeat. The biggest challenge for me was that either I was hungry or felt a certain sense of guilt that I had over-indulged in my eating. Another problem was that there was no personal accountability.

My daughter told me about the Health Management Resource (HMR) program and its wonderful track record so my wife and I decided to try it out in January 2017. Within the first four months I had lost 55 pounds. There is accountability in the HMR program that I had not experienced before and the changes in my life have been truly significant. I exercised as the program dictated and as my stamina grew, so did my desire to do even more. I went from plodding around the park every day to running. I felt better, my clothes fit better and people began to comment about how much younger I looked.

Besides loosing the weight, the greatest unintended consequence of this program was my breathing. A few months before enrolling, I was diagnosed with COPD from 30+ years of smoking. I would frequently awaken in the middle of the night feeling like I was being suffocated. Only a short three to four months into the program I noticed I was no longer struggling to breathe. In fact, my breathing has returned to normal.

Now I am in the maintenance phase (phase II). During this phase, we learn how to live in the real world by learning how to think before we eat and how to keep our newly found exercise routine intact. The most important aspect of phase II is that it has shown me, and continues to show me, how to self-correct. When I inevitably gain a few pounds I get to work exercising and doing what I know I need to do to get back on track loosing the extra weight.

And it works……every time.

The HMR program and my coaches have truly changed my life! I will never be the same again.

Brenda J.

Milestone Reached: 38 lbs. lost

I am 55 years old and had found myself putting on extra pounds over the past several years. As a result, my overall health was suffering with increased joint problems, high blood pressure and very poor lipid panel results. A friend of mine lost a considerable amount of weight with HMR and highly recommended the program.

I have to say that The Weight Loss & Wellness Center exceeded my expectations! The staff are supportive, compassionate and also gave me the motivation I needed to get to my goal. Brook, Terri, Precious and Sarah are a great team and all work as a unit to make sure you are receiving the tools you need to succeed. They have a caring and personal approach that is very positive and welcoming.

Aside from looking and feeling better, my blood pressure and lipids are all in the normal range now and I could not be happier with the results!

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