Second Time's The Charm

Jordon's Story:

Second-times-the-charm | Pam Bredenkamp | Health Coach

“One of my 30 Before 30 goals was participating in the Escalante Canyons Marathon and 10-Mile Race in Boulder Utah with my husband. I felt so empowered!”

Jordon Cottam played four different sports year-round in high school and actually tried to gain weight so she wouldn’t seem so skinny. “But once I got to college, I started that yo-yo diet thing where I would reach a healthy weight, then reward myself with all the bad food I’d cut out to get to that weight, and gain the weight back again.”

Jordan reached her happy weight in 2009, when she got married. An unfortunate life event three years later sent her into a deep depression she couldn’t shake for almost two years. That’s when her OPTAVIA Coach, came into the picture.

“My ‘why’ was so motivating! I wanted to get healthy so I could have a baby. I wanted to have a healthy mindset so I could raise healthy children. I reached my goal weight in 4 ½ months on the OPTAVIA program and lost 45 pounds*.”

But there’s a second chapter to Jordon’s transformation story. After several months of struggling with a personal matter, she gained back all of the weight she’d lost and sank back into depression.

My husband saw how discouraged I was and suggested I make a list of 30 Before 30 things. I realized that a lot of those goals required me to be healthy financially, physically and emotionally in order to fulfill them. I finally stopped ignoring my Coach and got back into living Dr. A’s Habits of Health.”

After getting back on track and losing the weight, Jordon decided to become an OPTAVIA Coach and help others discover lifelong transformation with OPTAVIA. “I have faith and hope in the power of this program, and feel so blessed that I found it when I did. It helps me be okay with who I am at the end of the day.”

*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.

How to Cope With Phantom Fat

Learning to trust your mirror

How-to-cope-with-phantom-fat | Pam Bredenkamp | Helath Coach

Phantom fat means you still have a large body image in your mind even after you have lost weight. Although your body has changed, your brain hasn't caught up with those changes. The good news is that over time, phantom fat can go away. Here are some ways to overcome it:

  • Write a journal. Keeping a journal will help you gain insight into your thoughts and feelings. By reviewing your journal entries, it will be like having a conversation with the part of your self-image that is still stuck in the past-your "heavy" phase. It should help you gain awareness you didn't have before.
  • Reverse negative self-talk. If you find yourself caught up with negative thinking, try this exercise: for every negative thing you say to yourself, either aloud or in your head, reverse it with something positive. Over time, all the positive talk will help you overcome a lingering negative body image.
  • Self-reflection. Take some time to stop and seriously reflect. Review the Habits of Health that are now an everyday part of your life. What have you accomplished so far that makes you happy? Give yourself credit for all the positive changes you have made during your health journey, not just the pounds you have lost. It'll help make your body changes feel real.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. The OPTAVIA Community is filled with people who are undergoing the same exciting transformation you are. Spend time with them and share your feelings. By joining together as a Community, you'll recognize the amazing person you now see in the mirror!

As your OPTAVIA Coach, I can help you confront the challenges as you continue your journey toward lifelong transformation. Remember, I'm here for you!

Gail's Journey


Gails_Journey | Pam Bredenkamp | Health Coach

“One of my proudest milestones was when I could wear my wedding ring again after not wearing it for more than 15 years.”

Gail Bartlett’s transformation story has brought wonderful changes into her life. “I began my transformation journey in September of 2014 by building my healthy mind and enjoying the support of the coaching system.”

“My Coach kept on me. Several months later, I finally became a Client following a three-way story call and was able to experience the full offerings of the OPTAVIA program in developing my healthy body.”

Gail says the changes in her body were nothing short of phenomenal. “I went from a non-sick state to a vibrant and healthy lifestyle. In the past, I was a couch potato—now I get to enjoy exercising five days a week at the pool.” Gail is ecstatic to have lost 130 pounds.* “Even more exciting is that I’ve now maintained my healthy weight.”

In addition to being able to wear her wedding ring again, Gail is particularly proud of another memory. “I’m the mother of two daughters, 16 and 19 years old. They’re now proud to be seen with me and express statements such as, ‘I’m so excited that I can now hug you and put my arms all the way around you.’”

“I can truly say that OPTAVIA was not a diet, but has indeed become my lifestyle—a lifestyle of Optimal Health.™”