Client Brag: Jim and Shawna

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jimshawnaMy dear college friends Jim and Shawna. Read about their amazing transformation.
As teenagers, we never really had a struggle with our weight. It wasn’t until we both married (other people) and at age 22 I became pregnant with twins that I began to gain. There were complications and I was put on bed rest for 19 weeks. My doctor had me on a 3500 calorie diet to improve the odds for my babies. The obvious lack of exercise and massive intake of calories did wonders for my body, and not in a good way! I actually only gained 50 pounds but after the boys were born I really struggled to get that baby weight off. A year passed and there were struggles in my marriage. I am most definitely an emotional eater and I continued to pack the weight on. I went through a stressful divorce 2 years later and by then was totally fed up with myself. I pulled myself up by my boot straps and began “dieting”. I tried them all. All the “fads”, all the top diets, diet pills… I would always lose weight then gain it back plus a few more. I reached my all-time high of 318. In 2001, I decided to have Gastric-bypass surgery. In the first 10 months, I dropped 100 lbs and after another 6 months had reached my goal of 150 lbs. Over the last decade as life events soared up and down, I gained 105 pounds back. I never dreamed I would be that heavy again.
My high school sweetheart was having marital problems of his own and was having similar issues with his weight.
The problem was we had never LEARNED how to eat the right way!
In 2008 I reconnected with Jim and in May of 2009, we married. He loved me for who I was and looked past my extra “fluff”. He was fluffy, too, but after 2 ½ years we decided we wanted to lose the weight for good, due to some serious health concerns. We saw on Facebook, a good friend (who is now my coach) who had lost a considerable amount of weight. She shared with us her success story with Take Shape For Life and we immediately started the program on January 25th, 2012. A year later, we have both lost nearly a hundred pounds each! Jim has reached his goal weight. I have less than 10 to lose.
What I love the most about it is that it is TEACHING us how to be healthy, eat right, and the reason that it works! We are making changes in our eating habits that will last a lifetime and are loving the journey! For the first time in my life it makes total sense. The Take Shape For Life program has forever changed me. I want to shout it from the rooftops!

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About leisatwatkins

In May 2011, I hit an all time low in my life and an all time high in my weight. I was 199 pounds and the idea of hitting 200 scared me. I had tried every known diet, HCG, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, the grapefruit diet. I'd even tried Phen-phen when I was younger and Dexatrim before that. While I'd lose a little weight, I would always gain it back and then more. I knew the yo-yo dieting was not healthy for my body and it was definitely wreaking havoc on my mental wellness. I didn't know what to do and I was looking into taking drastic surgical measures to lose weight. That's when a friend of mine told me his story about losing over 200 pounds without pills, surgery, or starving himself. Not only did he lose the weight, but he kept it off. What did I have to lose? I asked him to share the secret with me. Now, only six short months later, I weigh 140 lbs and am working on losing 5 more. That will put me back to my weight that I was in HS, college, and before I had children. And I've done it with my friend's help as my Health Coach, without starving or even exercising, although I love to walk everyday. I haven't felt hungry at all in this process. How many "diets" can say that? I feel fantastic! I've felt great since the first week on this program. Let me be very clear about this. This is NOT a diet. This is not something you do for a little while, lose the weight, then go back to your old eating habits. This program is a life changing plan to help you eat healthier, make food choices that are tailored to your body, and bring you to a state of optimal physical health. If like me, you are tired of diets that don't work, then let me show you a life style plan that does.

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