Weigh to Wellness Success Stories

Note: Weigh to Wellness was formerly known as Weigh to Go before it's name was changed in Fall 2013


Amber's story:

Amber Duke's Before and After pictures

Amber Duke

Get Healthy Now programs helped me take off more than 50 pounds in a year! I started with Move It To Lose It.  Before the class, I had no idea how much I weighed, what and how much I should be eating, and my level of physical activity was very low.  Writing in my food journal left me amazed at how much food I was consuming.  I didn’t spend time at the gym, but I thought the walking I did on campus was enough exercise.  Then I started wearing my pedometer and realized that I was barely taking more than 1,000 steps a day!  The Get Healthy Now team helped me set realistic goals, and soon the weight started coming off.

I continued my weight loss with the help of theWeigh to Go class which includes weekly weigh-ins and discussions that helped me stay on track.  Now that I’m back down to a healthy weight, healthy eating and physical activity are a part of my normal routine.   I decided to challenge myself to join the Running Club to train for the 2011 Derby Festival mini-marathon.   Now I’m running 5 miles without batting an eye!

You can change your life in a relatively short amount of time and have long-term success without spending money on expensive “quick fix” diets and the Get Healthy Now team is there to support you along the way!

Amber's Statistics*:

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Body Fat % Lost:


*Between Jan 2010-December 2010

Wes & Katie's Story:

Wes & Katie

"Trying to lose weight on our own was tough. There are so many books, commercials, tips, programs, etc. How do you know what to follow? We picked through programs like weight watchers, but never really found something to stick with – and half-starting a lot of different programs isn’t a successful strategy."

"Food was a way we connected; making cookies at night, going out to eat, etc. We would let each other “slide” too often because we didn’t have a well-defined program or objective.  We needed something that made sense and that would keep us accountable to ourselves and each other."

So Katie and Wes discovered WEIGH TO GO: a 12-week weight loss class that combines education, accountability, and a framework for weight-loss based on eating for a lifetime of wellness, not just a "diet."

"Weigh To Go gives us structure and the program makes sense. There’s no “no carb”, “no sugar”, or “only eat yellow things for a week”. The instructor explains the concepts of eating and weight loss in ways that you can understand: 3,500 calories = 1lb. Based on your weight and activity level, you should eat a certain number of calories per day (consisting of the right amount of fat, carbs, fiber, and protein). To lose weight you work with those numbers. The food journal is great way to track your intake. Talk about eye-opening! You don’t realize how many calories sneak in throughout the day until you start paying attention to them."

"The weekly weigh-ins help us set small goals, .5 to 1lb a week and to reach those goals – not just “I want to lose 25 lbs…now”. The conversations about grocery shopping, cooking, eating out, all help to put things in perspective, and our coach is super knowledgeable and can answer all of our random questions. We have learned that we have to be patient with ourselves, because it doesn’t happen overnight, but that we also have to be honest with ourselves – if you eat it, you have to count it."




Pounds Lost:



Body Fat %



* Both participants completed two sessions of Weigh To Go

Reflections from the process:

Katie Before and After


"The key for me was to see this as a life change, not a diet. I want to be healthy for the rest of my life, for my husband, and for the family we want to have. It feels great to be in control, to feel like I know what I am doing and how to take care of myself. This isn't some crash diet, it's finally understanding how to do right by my body, which positively affects my mind and spirit, too."

Wes Before and After


"I feel amazing about the progress that I've made over the last 8 months! Rome wasn't built in a a day, and neither was a healthier me. Hard work, dedication, and accountability (Brooke, GHN, and my wife) made it seem effortless."