Testimonial: Bob Peterson

I have spent much of my early adult life being physically active in sports. I would play flag football in the fall, basketball in the winter, and softball in late spring and summer.

There were times then when I might have put on a little extra weight (5-10 pounds), but I was generally able to lose it somewhat quickly.

However, when I turned 50, my metabolism began to slow. I was not nearly as active as I no longer played flag football and softball, but I did continue to play in a men’s 50 and older league into my 60’s.

During that time, I did try several “fad diets.” I tried the low-carb diet. I did the “fast metabolism diet” and actually lost about 10-15 pounds rather quickly. But with whatever I tried, I found my weight yo-yoing up and down. It was difficult to maintain and sustain the weight I had lost.

About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (a-fib)—a condition where my heart would be beating irregularly that causing the heart to beat too quickly. Where a normal pulse is 72 beats per minute, mine was 144 and higher. Fortunately, this was caught very early and I was able to control the pulse with medications.

This whole process began about the time the COVID-19 pandemic started. My cardiologist wanted me to go into the hospital for an ablation procedure, but with the pandemic at its peak, there was no way I was getting anywhere near a hospital.

While my pulse was being controlled medically with medications, I began to notice I was slowly putting on additional weight. I tried a number of exercises where I would try to walk quickly on a treadmill or even jog outdoors, but the medications would not allow my heart to beat much faster and I became rather dizzy.

About 18 months after being diagnosed with a-fib, I did go into the hospital for the ablation procedure. As I was told, it did take me about 10-11 months for my body to adjust. I slowly started feeling better each and every week. However, my weight still stayed at ~245 pounds. I am 6’ 3” tall, so the extra weight was slightly noticeable, but I still felt sluggish.

It was about this time I met Chrisanna Wright. She is a registered dietitian (RD), a licensed dietitian (LD), and a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). What I learned right away is her program is not a diet or a fad program. Her program was more of a “life-changing” program which was based on limiting portions of food you eat along with a strong emphasis on eating fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats. The other part was to eliminate processed foods from my diet as well as snacks and sweets.

I have been doing this program for about 7-8 months and have lost about 30 pounds. Yes, my weight yo-yoed at times, but what I have found is the habits have taken hold and this is my new lifestyle now and the amount of yo-yoing I do with my weight has been reduced.

I eliminated fast foods, chips, soft drinks, cheeses, desserts, snacks and processed foods in my diet. When I first reduced my portions, I struggled with being hungry all the. Now when I eat the “reduced” portions, I feel full. When my wife and I go out to eat, rather than eat my meal completely as I had always done, I now eat about half of the serving and take the other half home for another meal. My body has adjusted to this being the “new normal.”

In addition, I now go to the gym 5-6 times a week and do weights on the machines (upper body one day/lower body the next) as well as 3-4 times a week I walk a mile or more on the treadmill.

I now look into the mirror at myself and I ask “Who is that guy over there?”

Chrisanna’s program is a lifestyle change—not a diet or a quick fix.

If you are looking for a quick fix—forget it. What I have found that has worked for me is a lifestyle change.

Bob Peterson
Punta Gorda, Florida