Jen – 60lb. weight loss
After a lifetime of yo-yo dieting, and an advanced breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 32 with 2 subsequent years of surgeries and treatment, I felt at a loss as to how to lose the weight. All of the sudden, the commercial diets that had worked in the past were no longer working. How could I overcome the challenges associated with having a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation-followed by a bilateral mastectomy/reconstruction and hysterectomy all in a two year time frame but not be able to lose weight?
I knew and more importantly, started to acknowledge to myself that there were many reasons why I couldn’t lose the weight and had continued this destructive weight and eating pattern throughout the years-the years of rationalizing my weight gain and my yo-yoing had to come to an end and I had to start being honest with myself. I did what any Oprah fan does; I bought Dr. Phil books, Bob Greene, etc to start getting to the bottom of my emotional issues with food. If I could tie the why into the how, I just may be able to get it off and keep it off…
I started researching the lap band surgery but the thought of having another surgery of any kind was not how I wanted to start off the new year of 2007. I was still considering the weight loss surgery when I went to my family physician for my yearly routine check up. He noticed my frustration level and told me about Dr. Scinta and the success she had had with many of his patients.
I called immediately to make an appointment. Even though I desperately needed and wanted this to work, I was very hesitant when I saw the Optifast Products. I had tried an Optifast Program years ago and lasted one week on the plan. Where was the cutting edge weight loss strategy that my family physician told me about? I almost didn’t find out. I almost let my doubts and fear of once again failing derail my effort. My “Ah Ha Moment” happened during my first appointment with Dr. Scinta. I knew she had found it. She had found the formula (or I should say formulas because each of our plans is individually based on our individual needs)! And believe it or not, I decided to use the OPTIFAST products but this time was different. Her plan covers all aspects of weight loss. I routinely met with a nutritionist, met w/Dr. Scinta weekly, did biweekly blood panels, and went to optional seminars that covered everything from exercise, emotional eating, reducing stressors and the behavioral challenges of weight loss.
I have now lost 60 lbs. and feel fantastic! When I write my first column of “How Jen Got Her Groove Back”(fictional column), I will put a dedication in it that reads, ” A huge thanks t Jen- the best office manager and cheerleader around, JT- who makes me laugh and who can always painlessly find my nonexistent veins, Nick- who calls to remind me of my appointments, and Dr. Scinta- for having the knowledge, passion and belief that it is possible, cheering us on and never letting us give up!
Optifast® Full Meal Replacement Program for 12 weeks
Jen’s Total Weight Loss: 60 Pounds.
Now in OPTILITE Partial Meal Replacement