Patient Success Story: Sam Meredith, Where am I now? Weight loss success follow-up


Patient Success Story: Sam Meredith, Where am I now? Weight loss success follow-upWell since my last appearance here on Elaine’s newsletter in 2009, a lot has changed! Having completed my Science degree at UCD, I was inspired by Elaine’s passion for her job, and having an already growing interest in the area of nutrition and dietetics, I decided that this was a career that I would like to pursue. I am now in my final year of studying to be a Dietitian! Having first sought Elaine’s help for weight loss in 2006 at the age of 19, I never would have imagined that I would be following in Elaine’s footsteps four years later but in September 2010 I commenced my journey to becoming a dietitian. This year I will be graduating with an Honours Degree in Dietetics and have gone from being a patient of Elaine’s to helping her with a number of projects.

I have continued to lose weight since my last appearance and recently reached the 5 stone weight loss mark, however it has not been easy!

It has been a very long slow process due to my body’s difficulty in losing weight as a result of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Therefore it is a daily struggle to prevent myself from undoing all that I have achieved to date. Life events such as moving away from home, starting a new degree, increased socializing events and falling in love all appear to cause increase in food intake. Although I do allow myself to indulge sometimes, it is important to bear in mind the effort that you put into losing weight and whether it is worth having the extra helping of dinner, or the high calorie dessert for the second night in a row.
For those of you who struggle with weight I would encourage you to never give up, it is so rewarding when you reach targets that you set yourself such as buying yourself a new outfit and being able to feel and
look great because of the hard work and commitment you have invested.

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About Elaine

Elaine graduated from Trinity College with a B.Sc., (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She gained wide experience working as clinical nutritionist in several hospitals prior to establishing her first private dietetic clinic in 1992.

Private Practice Experience
Elaine has gained vast experience specialising in providing private individual dietetic consultations for her clients in her clinics for the past 17 years. In recent years, her main areas of interest are weight management, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and nutrition and gastro-enterology.

Elaine is an active member of the INDI and was chairperson of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic weight management interest group from 2005 to 2007.

Dietetic and Nutrition Consultancy
Elaine has provided dietetic consultancy to a wide range of industries including private hospitals, hotels and catering companies. She has designed, piloted, implemented and coordinated workplace wellbeing programmes for several prominent companies and large international corporations.