HMR program helps people lose weight through lifestyle overhaul
WAUSAU (WAOW)--Working out is a way of life for Karen Rajek, but it wasn't always that way. "I don't know that I would be here today had I not done anything," said Rajek.
She used to be 200 pounds heavier, but thanks to the Health Management Resources program through the Marshfield Clinic, she's kept the weight off for five years.
Doctors said her weight lead to complications with diabetes and five mini strokes. "It was enough to wake me up and say, 'hey honey, if you don't do something, you're not going to be around." Rajek no longer has diabetes and is off all medication.
"We help them develop the skills that they need long-term to help them lose the weight and keep it off," said HMR Health Educator Mindy Arndt. She said the program isn't a quick fix, but a lifestyle overhaul.
John Townshend never liked exercise, but making the commitment to be healthy now has him taking the stairs instead of the elevator. "Many diets will get you a weight loss, how long will it last always is the question," he said.
HMR is a two phase program, completed over many months, not a few days. With the help of shakes and quick meals along with weekly meetings, Rajek lost over 200 pounds in just 14 months. And while every body is different, she said HMR works because of the support of trained teachers. "When I started, I couldn't walk. My exercise was going out to the local Walmart and hanging on to the cart and trying to push myself up and down the aisles."
She's the first to admit that HMR isn't for everyone, but a tenacious desire to change is. Townshend agrees.
"At the end of the day, if a person doesn't make a commitment, the best program in the world won't get them there," he said.