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Is Chef Walter's Weight Loss Deliberate?

This is a description of my work to lose almost 90 pounds in the past 15 months.


August 4, 2009
Is Chef Walter’s weight loss deliberate?
That question is posed to our wonderful switchboard operator on a regular basis. The answer is yes. Starting in May of 2008, I embarked on a program designed to get rid of about 90 excess pounds and to help me get control of some fairly severe health problems either caused or made worse by being obese. My diabetes and my blood pressure were both causing serious problems. And all the while, I went along acting as if weighing 277 pounds is just the thing to do. 
We had a visit on the noon show from the medical director and program coordinator for a program at UT Medical Center called the HMR Program for Weight Management at the Tennessee Weight Loss and Surgery Center. These good folks invited me to come to one of their introductory meetings and learn about the program. I went. I learned. I decided that this was a program I could follow to help with my problems.
There were two reasons for this decision. First, it was clear that this was not a “one size fits all” program which dictated a single approach to everyone’s problems. Second, they talked about maintenance at the first meeting. 
I chose the most strict approach to weight management which is called “Decision Free”. This program is based on eating carefully developed and presented foods which give you what you need from a nutritional standpoint but are interesting enough to keep you on the program. I started this in the first week of May, 2008. By November of that year, I had lost more than 60 pounds and was well on my way.
With the holidays approaching and rationality setting in, I decided that I would enter the maintenance phase of the program but would continue to try to lose weight. To date, I have lost almost 90 pounds toward a total goal of 92 pounds. The reason for this exact number is not important. The fact that I have followed the program as these folks have developed it over a long period of time and that I have moved very close to my final goal is very important.
I will not attempt to describe the program in all its details for you. Let me say that it is a hospital based program operating all across the country and that it has been helping folks achieve their weight goals for about 25 years. They know what they are doing. And as Johnny Carson used to say, “If you buy the premise you buy the bit”, if you follow the program you will get to your goal.
The current program coordinator is Tresa Batson. You can reach her at 305-3503. My advice would be to give her a call and to come in to one of the regularly scheduled introductory sessions and learn the details of this program. I can assure you that it will be worth your while. And after you get going, maybe I will see you at the maintenance meeting and we can congratulate each other.

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