“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.