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.

Danielle's Journey

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Healthy and Happy!

“I learned healthy eating habits, healthy shopping… I not only changed myself, but I also changed my children.”

Danielle Judge’s health journey was truly transformational. She broke her ankle in 2015 and was unable to get around, leading to a weight gain of 65 pounds on top of an already unhealthy body weight.

“I was suffering from depression, high blood pressure, and I had no energy. I wasn’t a good healthcare provider for my mother because I was tired all the time. I joined the OPTAVIA program in March of 2016 and got an amazing Coach who helped me see that this wasn’t a diet—it was a whole new way of life.”

OPTAVIA taught Danielle how to make healthy choices not just for her, but for her family. In addition to losing 150 pounds--half her body weight*--Danielle is thrilled with how happy and healthy she’s become, and where her life is going right now.

“I have so much more energy. I’m active with my children, we go bike riding and play games. Due to losing the weight, my blood pressure is better. In addition to cooking healthy for everyone, I’m also teaching my children how to make healthy choices.”

“It’s so great being a part of this amazing Community—helping people get a second lease on life.” Now that she’s a Coach herself, Danielle is paying it forward and helping others write transformational stories as successful as her own.

*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.