September is Healthy Aging Month
Healthy Aging Month is an annual observance each September designed to focus attention on the many positive aspects of growing older. At Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas, we are passionate about good health at every age! And we love partnering with our amazing patients to help them step into the life they’ve always wanted – a healthy, happy life at a healthy, happy weight.
Don’t Let Age Hold You Back
There are so many positive aspects to growing older. Wisdom, for one. And how about freedom to pursue interests and hobbies there was never time for in the busy years of raising a family and building a career? Retirement. Grandchildren. Financial freedom. Finally, enjoying the fruits of all your labor! Getting older is nothing to fear. The number of people over age 45 is growing every year. And to think the attention used to be just on the baby boomers. Now, the Generation X-ers are elbowing their way in and have many of the same interests as the previous generation – namely, staying active and vibrant as long as possible.
“Use September as the motivation to take stock of where you’ve been, what you really want to do, and try it! Who says you can’t run a 5k, or finally achieve and maintain that healthy weight you’ve always wanted? You can do it, and we can help!” Dr. Folahan Ayoola, Medical Director of Weight Loss Specialists
Get Ready to be Inspired: Phyllis’ Story
Our patients inspire us every day here at Weight Loss Specialists! And when we say it’s never too late to achieve your dream, we know just the patient story to share with you. Meet Phyllis. She’s an active 70 year old who lives in Frisco, Texas. Phyllis, who was heavy since childhood, continued to gain weight throughout high school and beyond. By the time she met her husband in 1974, she was close to 300 pounds. Even though Phyllis enjoyed a happy life, she knew she was carrying too much weight and wanted to make a change. So, she tried everything. From diet pills and liquid diets to restrictive eating plans and everything in between. But nothing worked. In 2015, Phyllis’ daughter’s family decided to relocate from Chicago to Texas. Recently widowed, she agreed to join them. “It was around this time, I decided I wanted bariatric surgery,” said Phyllis. “I wanted to be able to enjoy my grandchild.” Because of her age, her weight, her health and a few other concerns, Dr. Ayoola recommended a procedure called the duodenal switch. See, he believed it gave her the best chance of losing all the weight she wanted to. And of keeping it off for a lifetime. Phyllis’s surgery was in 2017, and she has never looked back. “My life has changed so much, I can hardly believe it,” Phyllis said, with great emotion. “I feel great, I look great. I’m so blessed and so fortunate to have found Dr. A. Not everyone can do this surgery. He’s got a gift and a calling for what he does.”
The Future is Bright
This sweet lady went from having constant pain in her knees and back to now walking three miles a day. She went from wearing a size 32 to a 10. And from being on seven different medications for pain, asthma, high blood pressure and pre-diabetes to not being on any medications! “I honestly feel like a new person,” she said. “I have so much hope for the future now that I will live and be able to see my granddaughter grow up and get married.”
It’s Your Turn
If you’re ready for your own transformation story, consider this your invitation. Weight Loss Specialists has everything you need to become the version of “you” that you’ve always wanted to be and hoped you could be. From accountability groups, customized weight loss programs, toning up after weight loss and even aesthetic offerings to help you look as great as you feel, we’ve got you covered. At Weight Loss Specialists, you have access to:
- Nutrition guidance (including LiveFree Vitamins)
- Weight loss medication
- Weight loss (bariatric) surgery
- Rebirth Medical Aesthetics
You’ve got this. We’ve got you. Reach out. You won’t regret it.