I am the Cafeteria Hostess and Substitute Teacher at the local grade school in Aldie, Virginia. I used to weigh 270 pounds and I am 5'4" tall. My cholesterol was skyrocketing and my Triglyceride count was 319, which was dangerous. I also had sleep apnea and slept at night with a sleep machine attached to my face, to help me breath when I was asleep.
Since having children, I have tried the South Beach diet and Nutrisystem®. I had to work out every day with both of those diets and I averaged 1 pound a week weight loss. My problem was my health. With my cholesterol so high it got even higher while on Nutrisystem®. My Doctor told me that the diet was making my cholesterol the worst it had ever been. I stopped immediately and then I found out through a friend about 7Company Weight Loss and the Ideal Protein program.
I started the Ideal Protein program on June 6, 2011. I remember that day clearly because I had decided I had to change my health. My goal was to get down to 135 pounds. I am now at 189 pounds and have lost almost 80 pounds, with more to come.
My cholesterol has gone from 319 down to a very healthy 93 (Triglycerides). I am very pleased with that. But most important, I no longer use the sleep machine at night and my sleep apnea has disappeared. Maybe I can sell my old sleep machine on eBay? I recently went back to my Doctor for my six month cholesterol check and heard something that I had never heard said to me in my adult life! My Doctor said, "Susan, your cholesterol numbers are perfect!" I have never been so happy to hear those words! My triglycerides are now at 72!
My husband and children still have difficulty picking me out of a crowd! They are so happy with my weight loss and compliment me daily. I have a lot of support from co workers who have been very motivating and excited about my weight loss.
Another benefit from the weight loss is that my knees are in much better shape. I had 2 knee surgeries on the same knee due to my previous 270 pounds. It seems that I was constantly injuring the knee, but that is behind me now. No more surgeries and no more knee injuries.
Of the 7 Principles of Success, the Principle of Determination is the one that best describes my reason for success with weight loss. Some people just have to lose 40 pounds, but I want to lose 135 pounds, ultimately. This is not something that can be done overnight or even in one year. So, "determination" really describes what I am doing. I am convinced that the new eating habits I learned from 7Company will be with me all my life. I have experienced a lifestyle change and I like it.
I am down from 270 pounds to 189 pounds and on my way to 135 pounds. When I am done with my weight loss goal, I will have lost half my original body weight!
I do not want to post any "before" and "after" pictures until I reach my goal of 135 pounds. I believe many people struggle with their weight and I would like you to join me each month as an update on my progress will be posted on www.YouCanDoAnything.com .
In the end I just want to be normal looking but, most importantly, healthy. 7Company has helped me achieve my goals weekly. They have been there to help me, guide me and even cheer me on!
I know that you can do this too! Envision yourself healthy and happy. 7Company is there for you and they truly want to see you succeed!