My first meeting with Berta was April 21, 2005. I was over 200 lbs. and I was miserable. My doctor had just told me if I continued on the path that I was living I would certainly not be the active mom that I wanted to be for my two young boys. I was scared for the very first time that my weight was affecting my health and that I might die. My sugar was on the borderline, my back and knees hurt, I lost my breath going up stairs. It was terrible.
I had been heavy for most of my adult life. I would diet and lose 20 lbs and then gain 23 right back. I tried every program, every shake, every easy way out. I would buy the magazines that touted a new weight loss plan to lose 10 lbs by the weekend. None of it worked and I just kept going up in size.
I cried through most of my first meeting with Berta. She was straightforward but her kindness touched my heart. She could see that I was struggling. I decided right then and there that I would do whatever she said because obviously my way wasn’t working.
Twelve months later I was at my goal. Berta was with me the whole way and when I had a rough week we would work it out. We would plan weeks around the events in my life. If a party was coming up we would work out a strategy to get through it. Mostly though, on the days that I didn’t think that I could make it, Berta did, and I think that is what made all of the difference for me.
Berta has also been there through maintaining my weight, which for me has been a bigger struggle. I know that she will never judge me and we will work out whatever is going in my life because sometimes, for me, weight isn’t just about food.
I’m a different person now. I eat all different kinds of food. I enjoy my life. I’m active, fit and I am attaining all of the goals I set. My weight was a roadblock and with Berta’s help I broke though it and life is so much better now.