* Average weight loss for Clients on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan® with support is 20 lbs.
Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

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WOW! What a journey this has been. My personal journey of getting and staying healthy started in August of '08. I lost 153 lbs in 13 months and have kept it off for over a year and a half. I'm never going back! That is my motto. My story really began as a kid where I constantly struggled with my weight. In High School I bounced between a size 12-18 and then I went to college where the freshman 15 was more like the 25-30. I started working full time my senior year in college and was planning a wedding, stress and being busy - you guessed it, I gained more weight. I am very lucky to have found a man who saw beyond my weight to the person that I was and always thought I was beautiful no matter my size. Within the next 6 years, I had two children, worked full time and took on a couple of side jobs and yep, more weight. Do you like my list of excuses? I couldn't find anything that would work for me to lose weight and believe me, I tried a lot of different things. In '07 and '08, I had a number of health issues but after a number of tests, my Dr. point blank said - all your tests are normal but every symptom you have can be related to being overweight. I was devastated. This phone call came on the same weekend that my husband and I were taking a trip. We had a huge fight over a lot of different things but one of them was my weight and how he dealt with it. He finally told me, I think you're going to die early and I want you to be here to help raise our children. Together, we made the decision for me to start Take Shape for Life and it has been one of the best decisions we have ever made. In '09 I became a Health Coach to share this amazing program with others. It is such a blessing to be able to help others get healthy too. I was featured in People Magazine's Half Their Size issue and hope that by sharing my story, others will get inspired. When they are ready, I'm hear to help them. My Health Coach Motto, We are in this together!

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