*Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan® is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

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You know you're defeated when you've just put on your one and only pair of size 26 jeans that you can barely manage to squeeze into and the fabric gives way. It's like having a blow out on the interstate and no spare! It's a horrible, desperate feeling that I have experienced one too many times. And, it's even sadder to say that I've given away most of my life to all of the baggage that being fat has piled on. Since I was about 12 years old, I have struggled with emotional and binge eating and yo-yo dieting. My thoughts for as long as I can remember have entailed food in some way shape or form If I wasn't eating it, I was thinking about eating it or I was eating it and thinking about how I shouldn't be eating it. Hating myself became a regular pastime because of my lack of will power and inability to end the all or nothing? vicious cycle. I had tried dozens of plans, programs, pills, equipment, videos, tapes, books, gadgets and starvation with high hopes of finally attaining freedom from my compulsive food behavior and gaining the body of my dreams! Sometimes, I would have short lived success but ultimately I was right back where I started, only with another item for my next yard sale, a little less self esteem and a little more weight gain! By the time I met a Health Coach and learned about Take Shape For Life, I didn't want to do the plan. I told her that I had been eating healthy and organic. I had been following a natural and whole foods plan. I lost a little weight, but struggled all the time and was still weighing in at just less than 300 lbs. When she asked me how it was working for me, I realized in that moment, after almost 3 years, that it wasn't. I reluctantly committed to try her plan for 30 days. Within the first week I knew that something was different about this plan and I knew it was something that I could do! My cravings and obsessive food thoughts just seemed to disappear! It was so freeing to not be always thinking about my next fix! I wasn't hungry and within about 2 weeks, I gained a ton of energy! I was actually losing fat and wearing sizes that I hadn't seen for over 25 years and it was a pretty painless way of getting there! So here I am! Current day am I happy I decided to give it a shot? HECK YES! It's the BEST thing I have ever done for myself! I feel like I have been catapulted from the deepest depths of depression and misery that the vicious cycle of obesity brings into a glowing and vibrant place and it just keeps getting better! The Habits Of Health System has shown me that by making small, simple changes, I can live a longer, healthier life! The path has been laid and I am very excited to be in a position to guide people along, as best I can from my own experience, on this fabulous, life changing journey!

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