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Winning Weighs® helped Patti be fabulous at 50

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Through Winning Weighs, Patti Petrie learned to make better food choices including plenty of fresh fruit and veggies. She lost weight and found accountability and confidence.

In the fall of 2015, Patti Petrie was weeks away from turning 50 and feeling the weight of all those years.

"I was often tired and my back hurt," laments Patti. Married with two grown kids, Patti says, "It was time to take care of me. But what I was doing on my own wasn't working, and I realized I couldn't do it alone."

That was when Patti signed up for Winning Weighs® to get healthy and lose weight. Winning Weighs helps people like Patti take control of food choices. The 14-week program was developed by Gundersen registered dietitians who provide support and accountability.

"I took the plunge, and I'm glad I did!" says Patti. "The instructors were phenomenal."

What she learned

Like a lot of people, Patti often ate out of boredom or stress without even realizing it. "They taught me ways to overcome my bad habits by tapping into coping mechanisms on days I struggle," recalls Patti.

She adds, "And, I had to lose that 'diet' mentality." This is a key focus of the Winning Weigh program. Participants instead learn a sensible approach to:

  • Develop mindful eating
  • Make satisfying meals and smart restaurant choices
  • Determine healthy portion sizes
  • Recognize hunger and fullness cues
  • Learn coping skills that don't rely on food

"Learning balance and portion control was huge to me. I know it is okay to leave food on my plate, to take less food and to make better choices," Patti explains. "I love to cook and I'm cooking healthier now—incorporating more veggies and lean protein."

Patti discovered she's more likely to stick with activities she enjoys. While she confesses she isn't comfortable joining a gym, she likes to walk. For variety, Patti also uses exercise videos. "So now when I get home, I go for a walk or pop in a video instead of sitting in front of TV and eating," she explains.

"I also learned it was important to have a strong support system. Friends, family, the instructors and others in my class all helped me through this journey," says Patti. "In class, we held each other accountable, and it helped to hear other people's stories, their struggles and ways they found to overcome setbacks."

Her hard work pays off

Patti has seen many positive changes from Winning Weighs. She proudly states: "Now I have more energy and less back pain. I've also lost 28 pounds and found more confidence in myself. In class we each created an affirmative statement. Mine is 'progress, not perfection' and that's what I've achieved."

To learn more about Winning Weighs or for a list of upcoming classes, go to winningweighs.org or call Gundersen Nutrition Therapy at (608) 775-6021.