OPTIFAST Inspiration Contest Winner-Sandra

New Haven, IN
Weight Lost as of 08/2011: 110lbs*

*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.

Sandra Dyarman is the kind of person who always puts others above herself. Married for 31 years and the mother of two grown daughters, she is a production worker for BFGoodrich Tire Manufacturing. So when she encountered a life-threatening complication from an old gallbladder surgery last summer, her health became the number one priority.

Diagnosed with Lupus 15 years ago, Sandra’s Nephrologist was the first one to suggest that she lose weight. First she looked into bariatric surgery, but was turned down because of her auto-immune status. She then learned about OPTIFAST but did not seriously consider participating in the program until she suffered from a ventral hernia last summer. Her surgeon explained that if she did not lose weight it could very well happen again.

From then on, Sandra committed herself to the OPTIFAST program and a new lifestyle that focused on her health. Part of her therapy involved going on daily walks with her two dogs and riding her bike.

Since the eighth grade, Sandra has weighed more than 200 pounds. Standing six feet tall, she has always stood out, but since completing the OPTIFAST program and losing 70 pounds*, she finally feels like people are seeing her for who she really is. She has more energy, can perform better on the job and is more willing to try new things. Her next goal is to learn to rollerblade and dance.