Laurie Allison’s story

I have battled my weight since I was in high school. So many fad diets, dangerous diets and drastic miracle weight loss programs that promised “quick results with no special foods or exercise.” I would lose, only to gain it back, with more pounds added on.

In 2010, I was gradually losing weight on my own. It was a roller coaster ride. Lose 10, gain 5, lose the 5 and gain back all 10. It was frustrating and depressing. Then my son was deployed to Afghanistan for a year. I fell back into my refuge of eating to fight the anxiety and fear. I was put on antidepressants to get me through the day. I packed on another 50 pounds. I was at my highest weight at 280lbs!!

In March of 2011, I started having significant health problems. I had been a generally healthy person, so this was quite a shock. My weight contributed to my health situations. Then my son told me he was getting married!! All I could think about was how he would be embarrassed at how I looked at the wedding! It was time to get real.

I was recommended to Dr. Kurani when he was still at John Deere Medical Goup. I scheduled an appointment with him and decided it was now or never. So I started his HCG program. I would be lying if I said it was easy. First, starting was the hardest. I cried a lot, wanting to just give up and accept how I was. I turned to God with prayer to keep me going. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

I didn’t see any results until my first weigh in. Sometimes not a lot lost, but I continually got spectacular encouragement from Dr. Kurani and his staff!!!! It was an amazing feeling seeing the weight come off, the clothes fit better, and I didn’t need the antidepressants anymore. Other people started noticing the changes, especially my son who lived in California and didn’t see me that often. I was down 50 pounds at his wedding!

In July of 2012 my daughter got married. I attended that wedding with 105 pounds gone!! It was the proudest moment of my life. I finally felt like I actually looked good. I didn’t cringe when I looked at the pictures of myself.

It is still a daily struggle, but I keep a quote in my kitchen where I can see it….”NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS BEING THIN FEELS.”