I have worked in an office environment for over 20 years. Little by little, each year, extra weight began to accumulate due to my sedentary lifestyle. I spent seven of the last 10 years working full time and going to school at night, which totally disrupted my personal life (no time to sleep, eating on the run, and no exercise). Rather than take the time to cook at home, I ate out a lot. By the winter of 2010, I was at my breaking point. I knew I had to make a change.
I heard about OPTIFAST® and googled it to learn more. It was one of the few weight loss plans I hadn’t tried. I found out one of my local hospitals was starting an OPTIFAST® weight loss program, which was physician supervised, and decided to go to the informational meeting to learn more. I had to do something. My weight was out of control. My self-esteem was in the dumps, and I was suffering from depression.
I started OPTIFAST® in February 2010. I was very apprehensive about the limited amount of calories, and was sure that my hunger would not be satisfied with the 800 daily calories allowed on the plan. Fortunately, I was wrong. After the first two-to-three days, I found that this was an easy plan to follow. This was the first time I was able to follow a weight loss plan completely and not cheat. My cravings went away, and I generally always had a feeling of fullness. On the very few occasions that I did get hungry, I would add another bar, or a small portion of sugar-free jello. I found that I was eating for sustenance and not for pleasure. During this time, I gradually started exercising (walking and using resistance bands for strength training) and did everything I could around my house to keep busy and active.
Over the following months, I started to see the weight steadily come off. This fueled me even more to continue my weight loss journey. When I started this program, I wore a size 20W and I now wear a size 10. I have lost 65 pounds and a total of 43.5 inches. Within just a few months of starting this program, my cholesterol went from 265 to 105. I feel so much better and have more energy. I survived the holidays with only a slight gain, and I am now striving towards additional weight loss. I find that my confidence level has increased as my weight has decreased. I have returned to my former self, one who is active, social, and incredibly happy.
The biggest reward for me is overall better health. Your lifestyle plays such a large role in your risk for developing chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. With the history of these diseases in my family, along with several recent family deaths, I knew I had to do something immediately. There is a gap between what we know and what we do. We all know what we should be doing, but taking that first step and actually doing it can be difficult. I made the choice to go to the informational meeting, keep involved, get active, follow the plan, and it worked just as promised. The burden is now on me to continue along this path. I am committed to this lifestyle change and will not look back. Plus, I enjoy being able to walk into any store I want and buy any article of clothing I want. I no longer have to be confined to a plus size shop.
The informative classes and learning sessions provided by the OPTIFAST® staff were so important in my success. Everyone I dealt with at the OPTIFAST® clinic was very helpful, and professional. It is apparent they want you to succeed as much as you want yourself to.