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Be Unbelievable

  • image descriptionKori Propst, MS
Be Unbelievable

Daily I’m bombarded with stories of strength, perseverance, drive, stamina, resiliency, and beauty. A story can come in the form of a discouraged young woman in her 30s who has been overweight since she was a teen and finally took the brave step to walk through my door and ask for my help. A story can be a few soft tears cascading from a middle aged man’s tired eyes as he bares his experiences of caring for his father who recently suffered a heart attack and is dying from complications of untreated diabetes. Events in your life will push you toward decisions. A glance, a smile, a word, a breath, a step and you make a choice to follow the path which can lead to self-improvement and growth or discontentment and harm. You have opportunities to stray from or latch onto what you believe is in your best interest. The road will not necessarily be paved all the way, you’ll likely encounter a fallen tree, a flood, some boulders that will require fortitude to move…but you always have the choice to give up or be unbelievable. Here is one man’s story. It came to me in an email worth sharing.

This time last year I was looking into weight loss programs and surgeries. One year ago I weighed 385 pounds and I know I was over 400 pounds within the months prior. I was eating 3200 to 3500 calories a day, 7 days a week. I thought I was happy. One year ago I made a life changing decision. One year ago, I found “The Diet Doc” and met you.

I remember the first phone call and the positive energy I could feel in your voice. I still remember setting the first meeting and I do believe I cancelled it because of “business”, but I think you realized I was just blowing smoke. I ended up rescheduling for later in the same week or maybe the next week, but either way I finally made the decision to change my life and why not today. I remember walking into the office and meeting this little (105 pounds maybe) firecracker of a person. You sat me down and we talked about everything from my family and kids to work. It became very clear to me that you actually cared about your clients and that you actually wanted to help me meet my goals. I signed up that day and changed my life forever!

I had never “dieted” in my life. Dieting was something my mother did and stopped and put all the weight back on plus some. Heck, I was already fat and didn’t need to add weight for the heck of it. So, I never dieted. Even in the last year I never truly “dieted”, I changed my life and my body followed. I have to say I started this program with a 100 pound goal in mind. I had decided that I was going to lose weight or die trying. I had several reasons for doing so and the two biggest reasons where to feel better and live longer. You and I talked about all of this the first two meeting and you help set those goals in stone for me. I can still remember you telling me that “you will meet your goal plus some” and guess what? It is August 13, 2010 and I have lost 110 pound and I still have 9 days until my one year mark.

I can’t say it was easy, as nothing worth doing is going to be easy. This program and the people with it helped me see that eating doesn’t have to kill you. I still look at food and ask, “Is this going to help my body or kill my body?” and I have made a few bone head choices along the way. Who hasn’t? But, as long as you don’t go overboard, than it isn’t a big deal. Enjoy it and remember not to do that again. It is all about the three legged stool-- Program (The Diet Doc), support (family and friend), and the biggest in my opinion, will power. If you can’t be true to yourself, then how is this ever going to work? I was very lucky to find a great program and I had the total support of my family and friends. The will power is something I was blessed with and it helped me though many meals that could have totally derailed my goal, but I was able to eat a little of this and a little of that and stay on track.

The bottom line here is this: I want to thank you for all the support, advice, and understanding you brought to the table that first day! August 22, 2009 was the first day of my new life and you where there kicking me in the butt, telling me I would make it if I just followed some simple advice. I owe you more than you will ever know and I can’t thank you enough. Thank you. You are one of the three people in my life that I can honestly say have changed my life for the better. Those people are my father, my grandfather, and yourself.

  • February 02, 2009 · 400+ pounds
  • August 22, 2009 · 384.6 pounds
  • August 13, 2010 · 275.4 pounds and still going

I have lost a “Kori”!!!!!!

My new goal is to hit 250 pound by December 22, 2010 (my birthday). You know, I plan on being closer to 245 by then.

I plan on stopping in within the next week to thank you in person and give you big hug!

As you would say, “Rock on!”

Thank you from the bottom of my healthier heart.’

This man didn’t believe he could do it at first, but he took that initial courageous step necessary to at least get started. Each day gave him new chances to challenge himself and prove that he had more power than he’d given himself credit for earlier in his life. You may be contemplating losing 5 pounds or 205! Either way, I hope you choose to be unbelievable.

Kori Propst holds a BS in Exercise Physiology, an MS in Counseling, and is pursuing her PhD in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. She is a WNBF Pro in bodybuilding, figure, and fit body. As the Wellness Director for the Diet Doc she created the Mental Edge Program to aid individuals in developing individualized strategies for optimal performance in their lives and for competing. She can be contacted at kori@thedietdoc.com.