Weight Lost: 87 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.
Over the last year, the OPTIFAST program has not only helped me reclaim my health, it has literally saved my life. I’ve battled weight issues my whole life. I tried almost every fad diet without success. Two years ago, I hit a breaking point when both of my parents passed away at age 58 due to obesity-related health problems.
I was 32 years old, severely overweight (251 pounds), and already fighting diabetes. It didn’t take long to do the math; if something didn’t change, I had only 26 more years to spend with my loved ones. As a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, and a kindergarten teacher, I simply had too much to lose. If I continued with my current lifestyle, would I be in any shape to take care of my two wonderful children (ages 6 and 8), the youngest with autism? Would I be around long enough to see them graduate, get married, and have children of their own? Would I be able to continue to teach 28 five-year old girls on a daily basis?
I’ll never forget the day I started the OPTIFAST program. I was terrified. Was this another fad, was I going to yo-yo again? But, something magical happened; I made a life-changing commitment that this wouldn’t be a diet, but a lifestyle change. With the help of my family and the support of the experts at OPTIFAST, I began to change. The change started on the inside, and the outside followed suit. I changed my opinions and my beliefs in myself, and once my head and heart were on the same page, my body followed.
My journey began with the 21-week program, followed by 6 months of maintenance and culminated with the 9-week restart. I watched an amazing 87 pounds and 56 inches slip away. Even more amazing is the difference I feel within. I knew I could be a better, healthier, and happier daughter, sister, wife, mother, and kindergarten teacher. Now, I am and it shows! I can play with the kids, instead of just watching them. If they want to dance, we dance. If they want to run, we run. I have my life back and can spend it with those I love!
I am thankful to the OPTIFAST program for truly helping me make a lifestyle change on both the inside and the outside. And this change is going to last for many, many, many more years to come. I can’t wait to celebrate my 59th birthday and break a terrible pattern that has haunted my family!