Weight Lost as of 6/2011: 70 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.
When I turned 44 I was extremely heavy. I had a 15 and a 13 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. I was so exhausted all the time, always needing to take naps. My daughter had to cook dinner for the family because I had a lot of pain and I couldn't stand in the kitchen.
One of the worst things I remember was, all these other parents walked their kindergartener up to school on the first day. There was a long sidewalk that leads to about 25 steps to get up to the school. Those steps hurt me so much. I thought I can't walk up those steps to bring my son to his first day of school. I stopped the car, and had to say, 'okay I'll watch you, I'll watch you go up.' He was only in kindergarten and here I was dropping him off like the fourth and fifth graders and watching this little boy walk up alone as he's passing parents coming back from dropping their kids off.
I'd go to bed at 8 at night. I'd go to bed and miss their homework, miss their stories of the day. I'd have one half hour when we got home and I would say to the kids, 'please let mommy rest. Mommy's back is killing her. Just let her rest.' I felt bad for the kids. I felt so bad for them because this is not the mom that they deserved.
The OPTIFAST program improved my health immediately. Within one week I lost 9 and a half pounds. The high blood pressure was gone within two weeks on OPTIFAST and my energy level skyrocketed. I wasn't looking for the bed to lie down on for the ten minutes that I got during the day. I was sleeping through the night. No loud snoring, I no longer had sleep apnea and I never had to call in to work with a headache. My pain that I had walking was going away and within six weeks I didn't need a cane anymore.
It took me only 5 months on the OPTIFAST program and I lost 80 pounds. That was one-third of my body. When I reached that goal I got teary eyed and I said to my doctor, this is the happiest day of my life. It's right up there with my wedding and the birth of my three kids. My family's quality of life has improved so much and I am so much happier. I am a better mother, wife and person.