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Way, way, weight loss

The prospect of losing a substantial amount of weight is never easy. And because there are so many programs, and so much advice, it can be difficult to know the right approach to take. Carolyn Morris' doctors in another state told her she needed to lose more than 100 pounds, and that bypass surgery was a possibility.

"I decided to see a specialist," she says.

When Carolyn returned to her winter residence in Oak Island, she found the right person in Vicki Allen, RDN, LDN, CDE, director of Dietetic Services and Outpatient Diabetes Education/Weight Management at Dosher.

"I had never really had that kind of help or education," Carolyn says.

Allen showed her how to read nutrition labels, properly portion food, keep a food journal and the difference between proteins, carbs and fats.

"She taught me the basics, and she was in no way judgmental," Carolyn says. "Vicki explained everything in layman's terms."

Carolyn also started walking every day, at least 20 minutes. Since then, she has lost more than 200 pounds. The difference has been amazing. "I was using a walker and then I moved to a cane. Now I'm walking on my own, upright."

Carolyn has noticed that she's getting better sleep and as she moves through her day, she doesn't have the same shortness of breath. Now, in her 70s, she is active and participating in more family activities.

"Before, I felt out of place. I was embarrassed," she says. "For anyone, I would say if you have this issue, seek medical help. Don't be ashamed."

Carolyn Morris poses at Oak Island Police Department where she volunteers.

For more information on weight-loss programs at Dosher, call 910-454-4731.


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