"Before I found this program, I felt trapped in my running shoes and chained to my treadmill."
As an exercise enthusiast and fitness professional, Laura Gaffney prided herself on keeping fit and being a role model in her community.
"I have to confess, however, this has never been as easy as I made it appear. I have done countless diets (some not so healthy) and food prep plans (time consuming and boring)."
In the summer of 2016, while training for her 7th marathon, Laura got off-course with her nutrition. Even while running about 50 miles per week, she managed to gain 30 pounds.
"The weight seemed to appear all at once and I was suddenly a prisoner in my overweight body. I felt so discouraged and frustrated. I was working so hard with running everyday - what more was there to do?"
When Laura found OPTAVIA, it brought her hope and eventually gave her a life back. "Along with the help of my Coach, Community and Habits of Health, I was able to transform myself in just a few months into a person I had never seen before! No amount of yoga, weight lifting, or cardio exercise had ever given me this type of athletic figure or leanness!"
With her BMI back in the healthy, normal range, Laura feels confident and believes she is a good role model for her Community and family. This new found confidence and determination equipped Laura with the tools necessary for her to become a Coach.
"It's wonderful to be able to concentrate on what matters most in my life. I have more time for relaxing and spending time with my family, now that I understand how simple, good nutrition will get my body to work for me instead of against me." Laura finally enjoys exercising for the mere fun of it instead of as a punishment to unhealthy habits.
Not only has Laura shed the weight off of her body and lost 40 pounds*, she has also removed the thought from her mind. She feels healthier and happier due to the healthy habits she has adopted and practices. A mother of three, Laura is now a role model to her children.
Laura looks forward to her journey ahead and spreading the mission of getting America healthy! "Now that I am an OPTAVIA Coach, I get to enjoy helping others and see them transform themselves. I feel I have finally found my life's true purpose! My heart sings when I see the joy on other's faces as they reach their goals!"