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On July 3, 2010, my family and I were celebrating my grandson Jordan’s second birthday.  I’m usually the one taking pictures at family functions; but, I wanted to help the birthday boy open his gifts, so I handed the video recorder to my sister so she could tape it.  Later that night, we were watching the video and I was shocked…no I was horrified at what I saw.  The clip of me helping Jordan open gifts was my eye opener.  I was huge.  No, I was gigantic.  I was the Titanic in white Capri’s and sandals.  I knew I had gained weight but I had no idea it was that much or how bad I really looked!!!  I thought to myself…IS THIS HOW PEOPLE SEE ME?

Hi, my name is Frances and I’m 46 years old, divorced after 23 years of marriage, a mother of three grown children and four beautiful grandchildren. In 2004, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.

I made a lifestyle decision to join Greenlite Medicine on July 20, 2010, a week after the “birthday video eye opener”. I first heard about Greenlite on KRTY’s biggest loser competition. My initial phone call was with Meredith and my experience talking with her can be compared to chatting over coffee with an old friend and not a pushy sales person. She gave me the information I needed and let me make the decision to join. Everything about Greenlite excited me, so I knew in my heart that I was doing the right thing.  My budget also liked that I didn’t have to sign a long term contract. The program made sense to me and I could easily see the benefits of losing weight through the Greenlite program.

I kicked off my weight loss journey with Nancy, my Health Educator in the San Jose office, and by my fourth week I had lost more than 16 pounds!  Nancy’s support was a crucial part of my success.  She cheered me on during the good weeks and kept me accountable and motivated to stay on program when I was stressed.  We discussed life challenges, food options and ways to keep on track.  As my health educator, Nancy has not only become my support system, she’s also become a friend. It’s so obvious how much she and the Greenlite team care about my weight loss by how supportive they all have been throughout the entire process…they have really guided me on my voyage to becoming a NEW THINNER HAPPIER me.

After losing 40 pounds with Greenlite, my Fibromyalgia no longer ails me and I can do things without pain that I couldn’t do at a heavier weight. And, I have tons more energy now. Power Walking is by far my favorite way to exercise! I have a treadmill with Jillian Michaels iFit program. It’s low impact, fast and usually fits into my busy schedule.

Another aspect of the Greenlite program that I liked is that I didn’t have to buy prepackaged food. Greenlite offered me the best recipes. The low carb chili is awesome!  I make it with ground turkey and enjoyed every bite of it.  Growing up in a middle class southern home every meal had potatoes, beans or pasta.  It was a low cost way to feed a large family on a small budget.  I’ve learned that I don’t need to buy pasta or potatoes to eat on a minimal budget.  I just need to buy smart.  I look for cheaper alternatives like buying lettuce by the head and not prepackaged.  I no longer buy prepackaged one-pan-frozen-meals.  I learned to save time by making two salads at dinner time, one for dinner tonight and one for my lunch tomorrow. Little steps that make a big difference…

Before my journey with Greenlite I was tired all the time.  On my days off I didn’t even have the energy to do laundry or cook meals for my family.  Forty pounds lighter and I’m the first one out of bed in the morning. My children are as excited about my weight loss, and note the changes in me every time I see them.  Thank you to Greenlite for being there during every step of my journey.

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