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Meet Shari Unger Klages:  Our New Director of Center Operations Knows the Meaning of a Weight Loss Challenge.

Shari: My journey makes me uniquely qualified to serve as CardioMender, MD Director of Center Operations.

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Shari Klages, Director of Center Operations

Having spent all 55 years of my life struggling with my weight – as a young child embarrassed having to wear a size 6X and then blossoming into a 14 by the time I got to high school – the latest trend towards “lifestyle change” for weight loss was nothing more to me than a philosophy that could be applied to people who possess a semblance of control over their weight. Certainly not someone like me who is a compulsive overeater and turns to food for comfort and escape. Food was my drug of choice.

One year ago, I had achieved my heaviest weight ever and resigned myself to being extremely overweight (more than 100 pounds worth) for the remainder of my life, however long that may be. I didn’t particularly care about my health, was tired of the fight and threw in the towel. Although I had had some success losing substantial amounts of weight twice earlier in my life (about 60 pounds each time), I was unable to sustain the weight loss both times. Why? Because fad diets don’t work. Something actually had to change.”

Under the incessant duress of a dear friend, I caved. Not out of concern for my own well-being, but to get him off my back! He had just lost 25 pounds at the insistence of his doctor and felt great, and wanted the same for me. I fought him for months, attempting to convince him that his weight problem was child’s play compared to mine, but he was relentless.

On August 21, 2014, I embraced the program fully. I figured if I was giving in, I was going all out. I found the program remarkably easy to stick to, as it provides all the nutrition necessary so that appetite and cravings are minimized. Because the program is doctor directed, I also learned that I had hypothyroidism, which, after being treated, enhanced my weight loss.

After eight months, I lost 90 pounds. At one year, I was down 105 pounds. I went from a snug size 24 to a comfortable size 6. I shockingly have no interest in the foods I used to find comfort in, even when I’m immersed in their tantalizing aromas. My tastes have completely changed and so have I. I have achieved that elusive “lifestyle change” and can honestly say “I AM LIVING IT!”

If you ever need anything at CardioMender, MD Weight Loss Specialists, including a listening ear, please ask for me.

By Shari Unger Klages
Director of Center Operations
CardioMender, MD Weight Loss Specialists


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