Losing weight is no easy feat. Losing weight and keeping it off is a completely different challenge. Bonnie Waishes rang in 2016 celebrating a 50-pound weight loss. She shed the pounds sensibly, with diet and exercise. It was a slow and steady journey and Waishes didn’t stop there.

Now Waishes is entering 2017 having lost nearly 100 pounds. “I am down to my driver’s license weight for the first time in decades,” said Waishes. “It is amazing to set a goal and reach it. Hard work really pays off.”

Waishes credits her early work with Dr. Preeti Gupta, of Bayhealth Family Medicine, Milford, for getting her on the right path. Waishes worked with Gupta to craft a diet and exercise plan starting back in 2015. Waishes incorporates whey protein, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and low-fat dairy into her diet every day. She exercises and keeps active.

“I’ve eaten more vegetables in the last two years than I have in the last two decades,” said Waishes. “I have tried more things than I ever thought I would. I even joined a gym. I had a trainer showing me how to use the equipment. I never would have dreamed of doing that in the past.”

Gupta helped keep Waishes on track during her weight loss journey. She also helped Waishes stay realistic about her results and how long it might take to achieve them. “Bonnie has been dedicated and conscientious and she’s seeing results because of it,” said Gupta. “I helped Bonnie early on in her journey, but it has been all her since then, and she has seen tremendous success.”

Waishes says attitude is everything when it comes to taking off the weight and keeping it off. “You have to be mentally ready for this journey,” said Waishes. “I lost the weight for my health and my happiness. I will never gain the weight back. I am too happy and too healthy to go backwards. It is only forward from here, and I can’t wait to see where I go.”

If you interested in beginning a weight loss program, talk to your primary care physician first. If you are in need of a primary care physician, call 1-866-Bay-Docs to learn about providers in your area.