Binoy Philip, UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas
1) What health behavior did you change?
I changed my diet and started working out. My diet consisted of low carbs substituted with fats, vegetable and lean meat proteins. I stopped all forms of sugar intakes and substituted with fruits. My workout consisted of walking 1-2 hours a day, taking the stairs (9 flights), and jogging.
2) Why did you decide to make this change?
I was 286 lbs. and had high cholesterol, gout, and extremely obese. I decided it was time to change and I put my heart into this decision. I decided to do what it takes irrespective of the obstacles and shame. I ran during my afternoon lunch breaks and didn't care if my colleagues at work laughed or mocked me.
3) How did you accomplish your success?
My first step was to train and discipline my heart and mind and build the will-power and "can-do" attitude. Rest was easy as the "body" had no choice but to be subject to the control of the "mind". My wife was very supportive in this initiative for my weight loss and lifestyle changes, and that helped greatly. I lost 80 lbs. in one year and I'm now 206 lbs.
4) How did UT System Living Well or your Institution’s resources and tools help you?
UTSW encouraged the walking, especially the step counting, of which I won the most steps at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
5) What goals and obstacles did you have?
My goal was to lose weight and the obstacle was the hunger pangs for unhealthy food!
6) Who supported you during this experience?
My family and friends. I believe my faith in God enabled me to persevere in my weight-loss journey as it was a constant struggle between the Spirit and the Flesh!
7) What advice do you have for others who want to make this change?
Anyone can accomplish the goal of losing weight as long as you put your Heart and Mind into it and not listen to the natural instincts of your Body!