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"Our family has lost 117 lbs in 13 weeks. Praise God. We are indebted for the life-long changes and encouragement from everyone in the office. On behalf of Robin and myself, we wanted to give back a little bit of the appreciation for the impact everyone has made in our lives and our marriage. Blessing to all."

Note: Hank and Robin made a donation in Tidewater Bariatrics' name to World Vision, which works every day in communities in nearly 100 countries providing access to clean water, nutritious food, health care, education, and economic development tools that can transform lives.

Hank and Robin Miller
Chesapeake patients

The Virginian-Pilot, July 28, 2008


FOR HANK MILLER, the smallest of tasks proved excruciating. His fibromyalgia, a debilitating syndrome characterized by fatigue, chronic pain and stiffness in muscles and tendons, had taken over. He wanted a better life and to free himself from more than a dozen pain-relief prescription medications. Losing weight has set him free.

What was your breaking point?
Our breaking point came in December 2007. It centered around Hank. His pain from fibromyalgia was unbearable. He was taking 13 different prescription medications to reduce pain, but he felt that they "messed with my emotional well being" too much.

On top of that he only slept two or three hours a night.

Hank felt he had to find a better solution.

What was your physical condition at that time and what were your goals?
Hank was 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed 293 pounds.

"I could not get out of bed and walk to the bathroom without resulting in pain," he said.

I, at 5 feet, eight inches, weighted 180 pounds.

Our goal was to lose enough weight for Hank to stop taking all medications. We both wanted to feel better.

How did you achieve your goal?
Under the recommendation of Hank's pain management doctor, we began the meal-replacement program at Tidewater Bariatrics. Our plan had us eating a minimum of 1,000 calories per day and exercising enough to burn a minimum of 2,000 calories per week.

The more we attended class, the more we believed that the goals we had previously thought to be unreachable were reachable.

We learned that we could live on 1,000 calories per day and not be hungry, and we could exercise enough to burn 2,000 calories per week without pain.

We are now burning between 4,000 and 6,250 calories weekly.

What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself along the way?
We learned that the things we considered impossible in our lives are now more possible than ever before. Hank could not burn 400 calories in a week when we started the diet in December 2007. Today, six months later, this past week he set a personal record of burning more than 6,250 calories.

How do you keep yourself motivated?
We know this diet was about changing our lives forever. It was not a bandage to Hank's pain. We decided this was for the long haul. Our motivation is the memory of what life was like before.

Your best advice for others?
Have your mind totally made up that you want and need to lose weight for the long haul.

meet the motivator

Dr. Margaret Gaglione, internist and bariatrician and medical director of Tidewater Bariatrics - and Hank and Robin's physician

Tidewater Bariatrics
1413 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake
(757 644-6819; www.tidewaterbariatrics.com

What part did you play?
Our staff provided twice weekly support for Hank and Robin. Additional support came from other patients as they worked together in the weekly educational classes.

While we provided the directions and the roadmap, Hank and Robin deserve all the credit for their hard work, drive, commitment, and encouragement of each other.

With a combined weight loss of 124 pounds, Robin and Hank are undoubtedly far healthier than they were just six months ago.

Healthy Solutions® Diet :

Results not typical.  HMR® published data from selected programs offering the Healthy Solutions® Program show a 35-40 pound average weight loss.

Decision-Free® Diet:

Results not typical.  HMR® published data from selected programs offering the Decision-Free® Diet Program show a 50-60 pound average weight loss.

This is the first step in improving your health and lifestyle.

At Tidewater Bariatrics, my staff and I are committed to helping you achieve your weight loss goals.

I am a board certified Bariatrician and Internal Medicine physician. I will tailor a program specific to your needs, time constraints and abilities.

Our program is modeled after successful academic university medical center programs, and is dedicated to decreasing your health risk, improving nutrition, providing health education, and increasing your overall wellness. You can expect to lose weight, improve your cardio-vascular health, and reduce your risk of developing long-term obesity complications.

Even if you already have the complications of obesity, weight loss can decrease or eliminate their effects.

Dr. Margaret Gaglione

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