East Dundee, IL
Weight Lost: 148 lbs*
*The success stories depicted in this section are representative of these individuals only and do not represent all OPTIFAST patients. The typical OPTIFAST patient loses over 50 pounds in 18-24 weeks. For many dieters, weight loss is only temporary.
In October 2011, my doctor talked about another prescription for another impending health issue. He then gave me a referral for a weight loss program. I said good-bye, went home and hung the referral on my office wall.
In Spring 2012, I weighed 346 pounds. I couldn’t walk a half block without being winded. My shoes didn’t fit, and my size 54 jeans and XXXL shirts were tight. I sat at my desk, staring at the referral. I reached over, took it off the wall and made the call. All the while, I was scared – scared this diet wouldn’t work, but mostly scared my health was so bad this would be too late.
I went in for my consultation and the medical staff explained the OPTIFAST Program. They told me about the food I would eat while on the program. They told me I would meet with a doctor weekly to monitor my physical and mental progress and could also go to weekly support groups. I agreed to the program.
My first days were not easy – no fast foods, no pizza, none of the things which used to be my daily meals. I started a walking program too. During my first week, I only did 2,000 steps a day, but as I moved through my weight loss journey I got up to 30,000 steps a day and challenged myself by taking on a walking course with hills to push me even harder.
I went to OPTIFAST meetings and with help, I learned why food has been my crutch. I learned how to read food labels to determine how what I eat affects my body. I learned this was not just a diet; it was a lifestyle change. I changed physically and mentally.
The most exciting moment of my weight loss journey so far was getting fitted for the tuxedo I wore to my son’s wedding in August 2012. I was first measured for my tuxedo in May. When I went back to be re-measured in July, the staff at the store was impressed I had lost three suit sizes. When my re-measured tuxedo came in a few days before the wedding, it was still too big. After quick alterations, I put the tuxedo on and stood in front of the mirror, not recognizing myself. At the wedding, my family and friends who had not seen me in months could not believe the transformation.
I owe the OPTIFAST program a debt of gratitude. Because of it, I am now 198 pounds, eat healthy, exercise, love the new me and enjoy my life again.