Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
Get Fit with MOVE!
Navy Veteran Bob grew up the youngest and heaviest of his three brothers. He has a memory as a young boy of dreading clothes shopping because he had to wear the “husky” style. His father was always heavy and he figured it was the way he was built. After his time in the Navy and National Guard, he got a job at a bank, “I wore suits and sat behind a desk all day. That’s when my weight got out of control”. The real wakeup call happened November 2017 after he was told by his PCP that his HA1C and LCL were elevated and he was on the verge of needing medication.
What motivated you to get started with MOVE!
Bob was willing to do whatever it took to avoid having to take diabetes and cholesterol medication. His PCP told him if he didn’t want to take medication he needed to lose weight and referred him to MOVE! and diabetes education programming. Bob enrolled in the MOVE! Telephone Lifestyle Coaching program.
What helped you succeed?
Jennifer Schmidt the MOVE! Coordinator helped me stay on track with our calls every week. The MOVE! Program helped me understand how to choose good foods. On one call I thought I was making a smart decision by having a TV dinner until Jennifer pointed out the sodium content. Now I know what my plate should look like whether I’m eating at home or at a restaurant. I lean the heaviest on vegetables and limit the other areas like meat and cheese. I weigh myself every morning to track how I am doing.
What benefits have you noticed?
I’ve lost 37 pounds in the 4 months since starting MOVE! and my energy is through the roof. I was working on my yard until 9:30 last night. Before starting this program, I could only work a little before stopping to rest. I am more active now than ever. Every morning I get up and walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes and do 50 crunches. I used to take an inhaler twice a day to help with breathing and now I only take it once a day. That means I can do chores now without being short of breath. It also feels good when others comment on the weight loss and ask how I’ve done it.
What advice would you give to other Veterans considering starting the MOVE program?
“If you come into the MOVE! Program under the assumption you won’t set goals, you won’t accomplish anything”. Whatever it is you want to do in life, you have to set goals. Once you realize “I need help” then the MOVE! Program has everything else in place to go from there. At the end of the day it’s up to you though. The food will still be there to tempt you. It’s up to you to ask yourself if you want the food or want the progress?