Transformation Tuesday

Journey to Success - Greg

Journey-to-success | Pam Bredenkamp | Health Coach

Complete Transformation

“I was 37 years old, and I was at a low point in my life. Life was completely out of balance. I was working 10 plus hours a day and using food as a reward. I gained 50 pounds, and I was obese.”

Greg was burned out physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. He had no time for friends, and he only saw his family on holidays.

“I was so heavy and out of shape that I couldn't do my favorite things like surfing, yoga and snowboarding. I was embarrassed and frustrated because nothing seemed to work. I had failed at so many diets, even working with a triathlon coach five days a week didn't work.”

Greg started to believe there was nothing he could do, and that his overweight body might just be attributable to his genetics. He was beginning to give up.

“When I heard about the Program, and saw the science behind it, and met Dr. Wayne Andersen, I decided, “Why not give this a try?” I was blown away and with the dedication and support of my Coach, I lost 50* pounds in 10 weeks.”

Greg was thrilled to have found the Program. He had a Coach that kept him on track and the program was convenient and portable. He had tons of energy.

“By adopting the Habits of Health, I've been able to keep the weight off. Today, I feel like I can do anything. I can do yoga. I can surf. I can wakeboard. I can snowboard.”

Greg also became an OPTAVIA Coach (and one of my mentors). Being a Coach has not only been very rewarding for Greg personally, but he’s also been able to help others improve their lives as well. This has helped keep him accountable to his own healthy lifestyle.

Now Greg’s mission is to help others who feel like they're stuck and their life is out of balance.  “I love helping people get healthy and creating Optimal Wellbeing.”

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

Journey to Success - Rebecca

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Game Changer.

“My transformation began in January of 2016 when I started the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan® and began to see immediate, substantial results in my physical health, and the mental focus and clarity that were byproducts of fueling my body the way it was designed to be fueled!”

Rebecca Ramsey became such a firm believer in the OPTAVIA program that three months into her journey she become an OPTAVIA Coach to keep herself accountable to her personal goal of achieving lifelong transformation, as well as to be an encouragement to others that sought Optimal Wellbeing.

The structure and support that is a vital part of OPTAVIA enabled Rebecca to lose in excess of 65 pounds.*

“The presence of a healthy Community, through having access to a supportive Coach and through participating in eight consecutive meltdown challenges, has kept me moving forward and closer to achieving lifelong transformation.”

Rebecca also ran a half-marathon. Before she began practicing the collective Habits of Health, she would never have dreamed of taking on such a challenge.

“I feel better, think better, sleep better, deal with stress better, and am so very blessed to have the opportunity to encourage others on their individual journeys towards Optimal Health! It is so true that we are better together when we surround ourselves with a healthy Community!”

Becoming a Client and Coach with OPTAVIA are two of the greatest accomplishments in Rebecca’s life, and she is incredibly excited to continue supporting others as they join the OPTAVIA program, Community, and way of life!

“Here's to being Agents of Transformation™ and getting America, and the world, healthy!”

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

Journey to Success - Esther Hollander

Fulfilling Dreams

“My motivation to lose weight stemmed from my worsening physical and mental health. I despised the way I looked and was close to 300 pounds. My body was starting rebel.”

Esther Hollander was overweight as a child and for the majority of her adult life, hitting her peak at 320 pounds. But, as she turned 40, she was determined to make fundamental changes and see a different reality.

“Being overweight was tough. Because I had little self-worth and confidence, I shied away from seeking new friends and career advancement, and felt closed off to general opportunities and experiences.”

Esther was acutely aware of her size and felt like people were staring and judging her. She felt embarrassed and ashamed most of the time so she avoided activities that required too much exertion or activities where her size was prohibitive.

“My children were being parented by a mom who was less active, involved and energized. And, I felt out of sync as a wife. I was not setting a healthy example for my household.”

Changes began when Esther connected with her OPTAVIA Coach who guided and encouraged her. In the course of nine months, she lost 137 pounds*.

“My Coach believed in me before I could believe in myself. I was grateful to have found a program with structure and built-in support from its Community. I cemented numerous healthy habits that were not part of my previous routine. And, I now use those habits as my road map.”

Now, Esther pays it forward as an OPTAVIA Coach and she is humbled to motivate others. Since being on the program, her life has transformed dramatically, both physically and emotionally. She is happier, more vibrant, and more engaged in all aspects in life.

“Losing my weight has given me self-confidence not only because I accomplished a goal, but before, I just didn't feel worthy of happiness and fulfillment. Well, I am worthy. I believe in myself.”

Esther is still in awe that this is her life.

“If you believe in yourself and work towards your goals you CAN change the course of your life and fulfill your dreams!”

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

Journey to Success - Susan Zartman

Living a Healthier Lifestyle

“I am so thankful to be living an OPTAVIA® life.”

Susan Zartman struggled with her weight for most of her life. “From the time I was a kid, I was on one diet or exercise plan to another. At times I would lose weight, but it would always come back…and bring more of its friends with it!”

A few years ago, Susan’s weight had her facing potential surgery. She knew that was not the path she wanted to take. “I knew I needed to do something.” Tired all of the time, Susan would take a nap in her car during her lunch breaks and again when she got home from work. Susan missed many things because she was constantly saying no.

Enough was enough, but Susan feared the big task that lay ahead of her and she struggled with how she was going to accomplish it. “I knew it was necessary.” Finally, one of her friends invited her to an online challenge. “There, I was part of a healthy Community where we were learning about the Habits of Health. I saw people losing weight, but their focus wasn't on the weight loss, but on living a healthier lifestyle, and I really liked that.”

In October 2014, Susan began her lifelong transformation. She went on to lose 137 pounds*. “But more importantly, I gained a whole new life! I have so much more energy! I feel so much better, inside and out!”

“The girl who wouldn't even get out of her car to go into a store is now walking 5k's, and I've even done a 10k – and I enjoy them!”

Susan’s decision to become a Coach was fueled by her own journey to success. “I became a Certified OPTAVIA Coach along the way, wanting to help others discover the health and the hope I have found.”

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

Better Together!

Traci and her husband took control of their health, enjoying life again, and are never looking, or going back!!  They used the skills and new habits they learned during weight loss to continue on their healthy lifestyle.  "There is so much strength and support that comes with getting healthy together.  We are better together!!"

#TransformationTuesday - Friday addition.  (Sorry I just couldn't wait until Tuesday)

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