New You Contest Winner-James

Atlanta, GA
Weight Lost as of 7/2015: 144 lbs*

*The success stories of these OPTIFAST New You Contest winners are representative of these individuals only and do not represent all OPTIFAST patients. OPTIFAST patients who actively participate in a 26-week program typically lose approximately 50 pounds.

Less than a year ago, Tawni’s 5’3” frame carried a burdensome 324 pounds. A walk up three steps of stairs left her breathless. Thirty years of horrendous dietary habits had finally caught up with Tawni and she was ready to get on the right path.

On September 26, 2014, Tawni made a commitment to herself. Her “monumental moment” was her decision to start the OPTIFAST® program.

Today at 180 pounds, her whole mindset around food, physical activity and overall well-being has reset. It's difficult for Tawni to imagine a life where mindful eating and exercise is not routine.

Tawni’s commitment to herself came to life as she went from a size 24/26 to the size 10 she wears today. With every 5% body weight loss, OPTIFAST patients receive different colored wristbands donned with words of inspiration. She cherishes one in particular, inked with ‘PERSEVERANCE,’ – a word that defines her ongoing journey, a symbol of her courage and lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

In her own words, "it takes an OPTIFAST village." Tawni attributes the success of her ongoing journey to the endless compassion and support of her medical team and fellow OPTIFAST program patients, who inspired her every step of the way.

No one says it better than Tawni: "OPTIFAST has reset my mind and put me back on the right path. It can change your life – it truly can."