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Journey To Success - Katie

Journey-to-success-katie | Pam Bredenkamp | Health Coach

"The trilogy of health has come full circle for me - healthy body, healthy mind, and now healthy finances. This OPTAVIA program has been a gift to me, and I just want to share it!"

Katie Mitchell struggled with her weight since college, but through her recent journey to Optimal Health, she realized she always had a poor self-body image and an unhealthy relationship with food.

"Looking back at pictures of myself in high school, I wasn't overweight, but I thought I was. Once I started college, I did gain weight, and I gained even more after having my first baby and losing my mom to cancer."

Katie turned to food for comfort. She took some weight off before having her second child, but gained it back with pregnancy and stress. The turning point for her was the summer of 2016.

"My family and I took a vacation to the beach, and I saw pictures of myself in a bathing suit with my family. I thought, 'Is that really me?' So I decided something had to change. I needed to get healthy for myself and for my family. I needed to feel better, gain energy, and set a good example for my children."

At that time, Katie reached out to her OPTAVIA Coach. She knew she could help. She began her journey in September 2016, and in seven months she lost 65 pounds* and reached a healthy weight right before her birthday!

"The gift of health I gave to myself is priceless. This program is a lifestyle change, and I have learned how to have a healthy relationship with food. When I look at myself in the mirror, I am happy with who I see, and I no longer have to worry about what clothes to wear. I also feel well and have increased energy to keep up with my two young boys."

Katie's body feels better physically, and she doesn't get overwhelmed with daily tasks. She's experienced freedom in so many ways.

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