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Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

04-06-2016

Chris turned to the New Direction™ program at the FMH Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Services to help him with his weight loss. Chris DeGrange weighed more than 500 pounds when he started New Direction at FMH. With additional support from Weight Loss Navigator Tammy Norris, Chris has lost nearly 200 pounds so far.

Although eating under stress had always been an issue for Chris DeGrange, a youthful metabolism, rigorous athletic training and a physically demanding job helped keep his weight under control.

As he got older, his metabolism slowed and he became far more sedentary. But he was still using food to offset the daily stressors of a demanding management job. Movement of any kind became painful. By the age of 40, he weighed more than 500 pounds. Constant and severe muscle cramping made even the basic activities of daily life nearly impossible.

Had he not been bitten by a brown recluse spider in 2014, Chris is convinced he would not be alive today. He was hospitalized for two weeks, because the small bite on his leg would not heal due to impaired circulation. Already diagnosed with high blood pressure and a myriad of other health concerns, Chris discovered he was diabetic and had dangerously irregular heart rhythms. His recovery took months.

Finally back on his feet again, Chris vowed to use this medical crisis as a springboard to better health. He started by making some big changes in his life to support his goals. He got a job that was a better fit for his personality and started daily short walks. Instead of having meetings inside with donuts and coffee, he began holding “walking meetings” with clients at their job sites.

Chris has lost more than 200 pounds since starting the program last year. He currently takes no medication at all and is even more motivated and energized to take off the 100 pounds he still wants to lose.

Chris has lost more than 200 pounds since starting the program last year. He currently takes no medication at all and is even more motivated and energized to take off the 100 pounds he still wants to lose.

“At 500 pounds, I felt completely hopeless,” said Chris. “I had no idea how to even begin to take my life back. Making the decision to contact New Direction was the first step. After that, I had everything I needed to move forward—a plan, the products and people who were knowledgeable and caring. I had to add my own desire to get well to the mix, and I did. With that combination, the pounds just started coming off.”

To learn more about the weight loss programs at the FMH Center for Diabetes and Nutrition Services, contact Weight Loss Navigator Tammy Norris at 240-215-1474 or tnorris@fmh.org. You can also learn more about our other nurtrition and weight management programs by clicking here.



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