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My Weight Loss Journey

<p>My Weight Loss Journey</p>
Dr. Constance Odom, MD Picture of Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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This message is for all the moms out there, as well as any women who are struggling with weight loss, whether you are postpartum or simply trying to shed those extra pounds. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Ally Pepper, and I am the COO and head nutritionist at Nu Image Medical. I am a mom of a beautiful baby girl and after having her I was weighing 189lb. I am four months postpartum, and let me tell you, getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight (135lb) has been quite a challenge, especially while juggling a full-time job and taking care of a newborn at home. Although my pregnancy was a blessing, it came with unexpected bumps (no pun intended!).

A few months before getting pregnant, I contracted Covid and lost my sense of smell and taste. While this was initially convenient during the first few weeks of my pregnancy as I had no food aversions, unfortunately, my sense of taste and smell returned, but everything was distorted. Every food and smell tasted and smelled like rotten meat. My entire diet was thrown off, and I couldn't keep anything down due to morning sickness and the unappetizing taste of food. As a nutritionist, I had a plan in mind for my pregnancy diet, but I had to adjust my expectations and ended up consuming a lot of fast food and sodas to cope. This was my temporary solution until my doctor informed me that I needed to watch my sodium intake due to high blood pressure, and I was advised to take a daily baby aspirin and monitor my blood pressure regularly.

Thankfully, everything went well until I had to be induced at 38 weeks due to high blood pressure. After being admitted, I delivered a healthy baby girl, and all seemed fine. We were discharged, and I took my baby girl home. However, a few days later, I developed postpartum preeclampsia and had to be readmitted and treated for it. I am sharing my whole story because I was unable to breastfeed my baby due to the medication I was on, so I had to supplement with formula. Initially, my plan was to breastfeed and then start my weight loss journey. However, since I couldn't breastfeed, I decided to begin my weight loss plan as soon as possible. In January 2023, I weighed 185 lbs, and seeing that number made me determined to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

I may sound biased as I work for a company that offers multiple weight loss treatment plans, and I am the nutritionist who wrote the ebooks for our treatment plans, but, let me tell you, I was thrilled to put our treatment plans to the test on myself! It all started on January 15th when I decided to try the WAYT-less™ program from Nu Image Medical.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your physician about the risks and benefits of any treatment. Nu Image Medical may not offer the medications or services mentioned in this article.