What are you weighting for?

Well, it is March of 2019 and hopefully, you are still focused on improving health and getting your weight to a healthy level. What happens when your weight gets stuck? You are working out, eating light and your weight is not budging. What is that all about? 

Let’s talk about this for a bit.  First losing weight is like a slow-motion marathon.  If I were to invite you to come and run in a marathon this weekend would you join me?   Most likely the answer would be no.  You have not trained and prepared for a marathon so you know that you will fail.  Starting a weight loss program/slow marathon is no different.  You need to be in tip-top shape, and metabolically prepared.   This is why medical supervision is so important.   We will help you get to that tip-top shape before you start your slow-motion marathon.  We will check your hormone levels, your vitamin levels, your cholesterol, kidney and liver function, cardiac function, diabetes screen, and other testing depending on your medical history and age.

Careful evaluation of your medical history, your goals, and previous experiences will help us assist you in your health and wellness goals.  We want you to succeed in your wellness pursuit and we are here to make sure that you obtain your goals. Weekly coaching, journaling, and encouragement along with a simple and easy meal plan.  This is perfect for most people who are busy with work and life activities. 

Did you know that your testosterone levels start decreasing in your 30s?   Testosterone helps you maintain muscle mass and bone strength as well as improve your energy and stamina.   Your thyroid is your master control for your metabolism, when it is not working right it seems like nothing works right.  We want to be sure that you are optimized in every way possible before you start your journey. 

Did you know that muscle weighs more than fat?  If you are exercising and building up muscle, you may notice that your clothes fit better even though the scales don’t budge.   Did you know that there is no such thing as a terminal diet? When you lose weight, you will most likely find a few of those pounds.  It would be wonderful if those pounds would just disappear forever.  Unfortunately, that is not the case.   We teach life skills to help you keep the weight off but if you do gain a little weight, we welcome you back for a quick restart to get it off again.  This is the success of our program.  No shame, just encouragement to achieve and maintain your goals of health and wellness.  

There is much more to weight loss than simply eating less.   We have been doing this for over ten years and we have helped many women and men accomplish their weight loss goals.  We want you to reach your wellness goals and maintain your healthy new weight.  Let us be your guide on your journey to better health and wellness.  What are you weighting for?    

Author
Elizebeth Harmon, MD, MBA FACOG About Dr. Harmon Gynecologist and Founder of Salem Women's Clinic, Inc. Education & Training: BA, Linfield College MD, Oregon Health Sciences University Residency: OB/GYN, Geisinger Medical Center Board Certified, American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ABOG) since 1990 Instructor for OHSU Physician Assistant Program Personal Interests: When Dr. Harmon is not busy at Salem Women's Clinic, she can be found making doll clothes and providing dolls for children in foster care, making pies, mentoring future physicians, quilting, knitting, sewing, rollerblading, and reading. Family Dr. Harmon has been married to her husband, Jeff, for over 30 years. They have four sons.

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