Hometown: Camarillo, CA
Profession: Real Estate Agent
Starting Weight: 227 lbs.
Current Weight: 165 lbs.
Total Weight Loss: 63 lbs.
Sizes: Size 16 to size 10
Weight Loss Buddy: Son Ethan
Favorite Food: Hamburgers and Pizza
“My weight problem began when I was put on medication, prednisone, because I had a tumor in my brain but was misdiagnosed with a sinus infection. I also was bit by a poisonous spider, so I was unable to walk for a while. So, I was down and out for several months and kept putting on more and more weight.
So, over a two year period, I had put on probably 70 pounds and was miserable. It was horrible to have the extra weight. It's depressing. You look in the mirror, you don't like what you see, and it's something that you look at every day. It's not something that you can escape from. And you just kind of feel like you're a prisoner in yourself.
I finally found out the truth and had brain surgery. And actually, when I woke up from the hospital I just said, I want to change my life. I want more and I want to feel better about myself and I don't want to be this person.
The Food Lovers Program works because it teaches you how to change your metabolism. It teaches you how to accept the person that you are and just start loving yourself again. It teaches you how to read packaging labels and what a portion size is. And it changes the way that you look at food.
We are raised a certain way and taught a certain way to eat. I grew up eating Winchell's Donuts for breakfast and McDonald's for lunch, and it's not a healthy way to go. The foods on the Food Lovers Program taste better. They're better for you. They give you more energy. You're successful in every aspect of your life because the stuff that you're putting into your body makes you feel better all around.
I would not succeed in a program that made me deprive myself or made me give up things. And in this program, I didn’t have to deprive myself, give anything up that I liked. I still indulge in all the things that I love to eat.
I've worked this program and, and you can see the results. That's just the truth, and I try to share it with everybody that I possibly can because I don’t want anybody to suffer the way that I suffered or the way that my son suffered being overfat, being unhappy with themselves. I like to see other people shine the way I shine today.
You can either choose to stay stagnant and not go forward in your life and look at yourself everyday and not like what you see, or you can make different choices to open new doors. And then once you start taking these little steps forward, you feel so good about yourself. You just keep going, and every avenue of your life starts changing. I have proven it. I eat. I indulge. I’ve lost the weight, and I'm happier than I've ever been. I love my life.”