Inspiring Weight Loss Story
Wilsonville Spokesman Newspaper highlights Healthy Grocery Girl client Claudia Harris and her 50 pound weight loss, working HGG R.D. Megan Roosevelt.
Pounds lost: 50, New lifestyle: Priceless
Wilsonville’s Claudia Harris takes the extra step to gain a healthier perspective
By: Michelle Te
Wilsonville Spokesman Newspaper
Photo By: Michelle Te
Gaining her own nutrition education Megan Roosevelt (pictured right), owner of Healthy Grocery Girl, worked with Claudia Harris in not only helping her lose 50 pounds, but in changing the way she approached food and exercise.
Americans have a great need for nutrition education. Claudia Harris will be the first to tell you about it.
Over the past year, the Wilsonville resident lost 50 pounds and gained a new perspective on healthy eating, cooking and living.
Helping her get there was Megan Roosevelt, a local registered dietician who took on Harris as a client through her business, Healthy Grocery Girl.
Together, they identified goals, looked at changing habits and kept in touch along the journey.
“My mission is to provide hands-on and realistic nutrition tools and resources to individuals, freeing them to enjoy and live a real life, rooted in their purpose and passion,” said Roosevelt. “We build real relationships with our clients and see through that their nutrition goals and needs are met with a variety of unique, custom and real life services.”
Harris understands and has lived that philosophy over the past year. After retiring from her desk job with the city of Tualatin, Harris put a healthy lifestyle on the top of her priority list. She began working with a personal trainer at the Wilsonville Community Center and joined Weight Watchers. That effort resulted in a 20-pound loss.
But Harris felt she could do more and responded to one of Roosevelt’s advertisements.
“I liked Weight Watchers, but I felt that there was not enough detail on what to eat,” she said.
Because some people don’t even know where to begin in their journey, Roosevelt often starts with a “healthy kitchen makeover” and guided shopping trips. She also does personal grocery shopping and delivers health registered-diet-created meals delivered to their home or office.
Harris’ first step was to keep a food diary, followed by cleaning out her kitchen.
“She took 30 pounds of food out of my house in a day,” Harris said. “That was hard, but I guess I didn’t realize what I had there.”
Roosevelt said the kitchen cleaning is a tool to make a break from old habits.
“That way there’s no temptation,” she said. “Anything you reach for is a healthy choice.”
Because Harris already had some success with exercise and weight loss, she felt she had that “readiness to change” that Roosevelt has said is so important.
“I was not always healthy, even though I had weight loss,” Harris said. “Now, I feel really healthy. I attend the Healthy Bones and Balance class at the community center and work out two days a week with Brad. I started Volkswalking with my sister and I’ve even walked a couple of times with Megan during our appointments.”
Roosevelt said she’s still trying to get Harris “in the pool,” but it’s not working.
“I’m doing kettle bells,” Harris responded, “and I think I’m the only woman doing that at the center. Those are fun and I like them. Those are words I never thought would come out of my mouth.”
Roosevelt, whose clientele includes both genders and ranges from families to busy professionals and recreational athletes, said their goals are typically to lose weight, learn healthy eating habits, learn how to cook and shop for healthier recipes and foods, improve their overall nutrition or receive nutrition care to help manage diseases.
“My message is to help people see that when they are operating in a place of true health, they are able to pursue their purpose and passions in life,” she said, “at a level of joy and success not achievable when they are sick.”
Sickness, whether it’s manifested into a disease or chronic fatigue, stress and weight gain, “is a stronghold that keeps people captive in their bodies, feeling insecure, tired and frustrated. For some, sickness can be a full-time job which steals so much time and holds someone back from being able to focus on things that they are truly passionate about.”
To help clients, there must be a “readiness to change,” and the more that’s present, the more successful a person will be.
“Some clients make huge health strides between every appointment, and some clients move at a slower rate,” she said. “Slow growth isn’t bad though … as long as you keep moving forward. Every one of my clients is on their own nutrition and health journey.”
Harris said she appreciated having someone accessible at all times for support and accountability.
“If I told her I would do something, then I guess I’d better follow through,” she said. “Now, I feel great. I just had my blood checked and my triglycerides are down, my cholesterol is down and my HDL is up. I just feel better, with more energy. It’s fun to go shopping and people tell me I look good.”
It also helped when Harris had surgery earlier this year and had to put her exercise routine on the shelf as she healed.
“I was depressed,” said Harris. “I missed my new life. It was weird thinking of a person who never exercised, a couch potato who took serious naps. But Megan and I were still meeting, and re-adjusting my nutrition. Now I see it was really just a pause.”