“I loved everyone I worked with at the Weight Loss Center”
By her own account, Lori Mohr has always been “big.” She weighed 10 pounds, 9 ounces at birth. “I played sports all through high school,” the fifth-generation Oregonian said, “and still was ‘big.’” The 48-year-old director of the First Methodist Early Learning Center in Albany – where she also teaches – said she never had weight-related health issues. “I was just tired a lot.”
Realizing she needed more energy to raise her 9-year-old son she shares with her husband and for work, she talked to her primary care provider. “I had tried to lose weight before, but it was always hit and miss and it came back to plateau.” At the time she talked to her provider, the 5-foot-8-inch Mohr had lost about 10 pounds from her peak weight of 275, but she needed help to lose more. “I didn’t want to do surgery, so I called the Weight Loss Clinic (WLC).”
In addition to taking the weight-loss drug Qsymia, she also began to reduce her food intake. “I talked to the dieticians to make sure I was getting the right calories.” As her weight began to go down, she added walking, gradually reaching three miles a day. “The Qsymia was fantastic for me to help get the diet in order, yet still feel like I could function. When you see the weight come off it makes you more motivated to keep going.”
Some 16 months after she sought help at the WLC and about 90 fewer pounds later, she “graduated” from the Weight Loss Center in July 2018 weighing around 172 pounds, which she maintains to this day.
“I loved everyone I worked with at the Weight Loss Center,” Mohr said. “All were great and very motivating, and I have recommended others to the WLC. It was a great experience for me.”