Start Weight: 186 lbs
End Weight: 128 lbs*
Weight Lost: 58 lbs*
Biggest Life Change: Lots more energy*, sleeping through the night
Most Mindful Tip: Drink tons of water
Last year I went to the eye doctor for my yearly exam and was told that my eyes sight had gotten 75% worse. As blindness due to diabetes runs high in my family, my panic mode set in. Being overweight, becoming a diabetic was always in the back of my mind and I knew that I really did not want to test my blood everyday. My husband and I were trying to get pregnant at that time, and I was told I diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). I found out that diabetes was strongly correlated with PCOS. We tried different fertility drugs, which negatively effected my body and contributed to gaining weight. After the multiple attempts to get pregnant failed, we decided to take a break. Emotionally, I was checked out, and physically, even though it was hard to accept, I was already at an unhealthy weight even if I did get pregnant. I needed time to focus and take care of myself before I could go forward with getting pregnant. I had heard about Greenlite Medicine on the radio and the fact that program provides support from health educators and medical providers, I immediately knew it was the answer I had been looking for. I had hit my rock bottom and knew that this was my last chance to loose the weight and be truly happy and healthy. As a girl, I always dreamed of having a baby and being told that may not happen turned my world upside down. I knew I had to do the program and loose weight for myself, but I also hold the hope in my heart that I will have children someway and someday. I want to be healthy so I can pass onto my children how to live a healthy life and hopefully have them not struggle with their weight as I have throughout life.
Before coming to GreenLite I had tried so many different diet programs and was never able to lose more than 10 pounds and could never keep any of it off. I started the program on November 29, 2010 and immediately noticed that the entire staff was very supportive and friendly. I love my health educator Molly and immediately felt a great connection with her. She was always there to support me and provided me with the guidance to keep going forward. When I started GreenLite, I made a decision to stop drinking soda, I used to drink a Super Big Gulp diet soda probably everyday. I had my last diet coke the night before I started and went cold turkey from then on. That was the biggest struggle to me as my body was so used to the caffeine, so I had a difficult time with headaches for the first two weeks of program. I now cant stand to drink anything carbonated and only drink water.
When I think back about what and how much I used to eat and drink, it blows my mind. During my first week I followed the daily menu’s provided, to get a feeling of what I could eat and what I liked. My husband does not cook, so when I started the program, he kind of did too. I wanted to make it a point that he did not have to change what he ate because I was on program, but that I was not going to make two different dinners. After two or three months, I felt completely comfortable on the eating program. I was shocked at how I was not tempted or craved any of the foods I had before. My husband and my parents are eating healthier since I started and shared what I have learned.
The support I got from the GreenLite staff, my husband and family contributed to my success. I couldn’t be more grateful to them as I know my life has changed truly changed for the better. GreenLite has helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel and know that anything is possible! I workout five times a week, I enjoy running, walking and strength training. Last year I ran/walked the Disneyland Half Marathon and my time was 3 hours and 30 mins. This year, I participated in the 2011 San Francisco Half Marathon and with all the weight I have lost, I ran 10 miles straight and finished in 2 hours/43 mins. Mentally and physically, I am in the best shape I have ever been in! I used to take a nap everyday and sleep so much every night, but now my energy level is through the roof. I have much more confidence now and am a much happier person in general which helps in my relationships with friends and family. I feel like my life has just begun and I know that I have been given the knowledge and tools to continue my success in the future.
These past two years, I had only been focusing on having a baby. Now, as I feel happier and healthier, I feel like my life has just begun and realized that just like my weight loss, timing is everything. It took me this long to conquer my weight, so its only a matter of time that I become a mother.
*Actual Results May Vary