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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

I lost 50 pounds on OPTAVIA!

This last week has been a little rough - hormones, stress, doctors - all of it playing a part in my overall health. I absolutely believe weight is just a number on a scale, and not an indicator of anything specific to health. I also weigh myself daily because for me, it is a representation of my body, and I like being able to acknowledge "okay, maybe I had too much xxx yesterday" or "wow I can tell that I wasn't as relaxed as normal yesterday" and see how those things affect my body.  

I'm sharing these three graphs because for me, it is so telling how that number on the scale reflects my overall health. 

The far left graph is my weight since I bought a scale in 2017. You can see the ups and downs, over and over, as I cycled through trying to find my health. 

The middle graph is since I started this program in mid-October - straight down since then! This works!

The far right graph is just this month - the little ups and downs that reflect all the external factors that were affecting my health. 

I am SO GRATEFUL I am learning habits of health to help mitigate these factors! I am able to acknowledging that what I eat isn't the whole picture, and what is going on in my life also plays a role in my overall health. I am so glad I'm learning how to focus my day, make choices that are in my own best interest, and I am absolutely LOVING coaching others on their own health journeys -  the positivity I both give and get from this community is making such a huge difference in all aspects of my life. 

All that to say...look at the bottom image. I am in tears typing this because I never, ever, ever in a million years would have thought this was possible. Ever. I didn't know. I didn't believe in myself. I figured I was too tall, too "big boned", too whatever, to ever be healthy. I was psyching myself out before I even got started - self-sabotage is real, you guys. I'm so glad I found this program, it has quite literally given me back my life. I feel more like ME than I have in a long time, and I love it. I feel like it radiates out from me, and I want to share it with everyone I know. I'm ready to help you get started on your own journey to health. Let's go!

I lost 50 pounds on OPTAVIA in 3.5 months!


Monday, January 18, 2021

Week 14 on Optavia - Weigh In Update!

I am SO CLOSE to reaching the 50 pounds GONE mark - and I can hardly believe it. 

14 weeks. 
48 pounds. 

I simultaneously don't feel like I'm even living in my own body, and also feel more like myself than I have in years. I could cry thinking about how much LIFE this program has given me. It's so much more than the physical changes - it's the energy, the sleep, the better and more positive attitude and outlook, and just everything in general. I feel so wonderfully amazing that I just want to shout it and shake everyone who needs this program, and tell them over and over again that IT WORKS and I'm here and ready and willing to help them find their health again. 




Monday, January 11, 2021

Week 13 on Optavia - 3 months!

Three months.
Thirteen weeks.
Just shy of 46 pounds.

I honestly didn’t ever think this was possible.
I feel amazing.
I have energy.
I sleep well at night, every night.
I am eating foods I had been avoiding for years because they bothered me - and those foods aren’t bothering me anymore.
I am not hungry (or hangry!)
I feel more like myself than I have in a long time.

I am 100% worth it.



Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Optavia Week 11 Weigh-In 12/29/20

I forgot to do my measurements yesterday, so I'm a day off on my post today - so it's really Week 11 + 1 Day

This is going to be short but AWESOME this week. I made it through the Christmas holiday on plan, with only mild cookie temptation. I hit the 40 pound weight loss mark. I'm excited to share this program with people in 2021. 

It was a good week!









Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 


Monday, December 21, 2020

Optavia Week 10 Weigh-In - 12/21/20

I don't know if I've mentioned it recently, but I LOVE THIS PROGRAM. I love that I don't feel hungry. I love that I'm learning new habits about food. I love that I FEEL SO GOOD. I love that I'm sleeping well. I love that I'm fitting into clothes I haven't worn in years. In fact, those clothes I was excited about fitting into last week, are almost too big already. WHAT?!

If you had told me back in October when I was starting this program, that I'd be on track to lose 40 pounds by the end of December, I would have laughed you right out of the room. If you had told me I'd lose 38.3 pounds in ten weeks, I would have laughed even harder. It seems surreal. It feels like I should be working hard to lose weight and get healthy, and it should be consuming my thoughts, but it's not. It's just...normal. This program is just part of my life, and even though I know it is temporary until I reach transition and maintenance, it isn't stressful or all-consuming. 

I had a little bit of a weird week. I was hungry for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday last week - which is odd, because I haven't been hungry since my first week on Optavia. I think it had something to do with my hormones. I talked to my coach, added in a little bit of extra protein and healthy fat, and after three days I was back to feeling like I usually do. I suspect something somehow kicked me out of Fat-Burn (even though I still lost weight this week), which is odd because I weigh all my food and follow the program exactly, but I guess strange things can happen when hormones go wacky. 

With the holidays coming, it has been a huge temptation to eat the sweets and cookies we are constantly baking in my house, but I keep asking myself - what do I want more - a cookie that I know what it tastes like (and honestly it probably doesn't even taste that great now that my taste buds have adjusted to the low-glycemic foods on Optavia), or to keep on feeling good? When I ask myself that question, the answer is easy - I want to keep on feeling good. I know what those cookies taste like. I don't need them right now. I can have them next time if I want to, but right now I am choosing MYSELF over the cookies. 







Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 


Monday, December 14, 2020

Optavia Week 9 Weigh In - 12/14/20

I had a really good week. I feel good, I'm sleeping so well, and I went through all of my clothes and pulled out dozens of items to donate or give away. I'm even wearing jeans that I haven't worn in the 5.5 years since I moved into this house - so my "I'll maybe wear these someday" jeans are finally being worn because "someday" is TODAY! It's funny to think that they probably won't last very long though, maybe just a few weeks. I don't have any smaller sizes, so I need to start buying a few things at a time, just to get me through until I find where my body naturally stops and feels healthy. 

Today I noticed I was hungry. Not bored hungry, but tummy growling hungry. It was strange, because I haven't been hungry in a long time. I made sure to drink my water, and I had an extra Ultima electrolytes and that helped. 

Also, this is a total NSV (non scale victory) but I am fastening my watch band on the third setting instead of the fifth - that's a big difference! 





Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 

Saturday, December 12, 2020

I lost 35 pounds on Optavia 5&1!

Let me be completely honest. When I started this program, I didn't know what exactly I was getting into, I just knew that I needed to do something. I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I was never feeling rested. I had all the tools to eat healthy, but I didn't know how to use them. I was skipping meals because I was too busy to stop and eat, and then overeating when I did eat. I was snacking on stuff I didn't actually want to eat because it was quick. I had days I felt OK but I never really felt GREAT. I really wanted to lose 20 pounds so I'd fit in my clothes better and because I knew I'd feel better with that extra weight gone. 20 pounds was my goal. I told my coach that number, and she said, well what's your BIG GOAL? And I was like, I dunno, maybe 50 or 60 (all while thinking to myself, yeah right!). I never actually thought I'd lose that much. I thought a healthy weight and healthy BMI was something that was not possible for me to achieve. I'm still not quite there, but now I not only feel like I CAN get there,  I know I WILL get there. 


Today I crossed the 35 pound weight loss mark (and hit 35.5 pounds lost - in just over 8 weeks!). I have a confession - I set my big goal in my Happy Scale app at 70 pounds - that seemed like such a huge goal at the time, but the app breaks it down into smaller goals. I split my big goal (70 pounds!) into 20 smaller goals. Today I crossed the halfway point in my journey. I've met 10 of my 20 smaller goals. I want to shout it out - I have lost over 35 pounds! I have lost over half of my BIG goal, the goal I didn't think I would ever even come close to achieving. I am just over 50% of the way there. 

I am so glad I CHOSE ME. I'm giving myself the gift of health, and that's pretty darn awesome. And you know what? I feel GREAT. Not just good, not just okay, but GREAT. 







Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Friday, December 11, 2020

60 Days on Optavia 5&1 - 12/11/20

Today is Day 61, and marks the end of my second month on Optavia. I took photos this morning to document my progress. I never intended to share the original photos with anyone, but the difference is just so drastic I can't keep it to myself. I took the original photos on Day 1 - October 12, 2020. I've completed 60 full days of Optavia. 

Some of the differences I notice every single day:

  • I am sleeping amazingly well at night. It is sound, deep sleep - unlike what I've ever experienced before as an adult, especially with kids (even though my kids are 10 and 15). I am well-rested when I wake up and even though I can remember what it is like to wake up tired, it isn't happening for me anymore, unless something is really wacky with my schedule and I'm thrown off my routine. 
  • My tastes have changed, because I don't have cravings for sweets, or really anything. I used to want a piece of dairy-free chocolate at night before bed, or some gummies, or something else sweet. I do usually eat a sweet Fueling at bedtime - my favorite is the pudding, but I like the shakes, the brownies, and the cookies too! 
  • I am not hungry. I eat every 2.5-3 hours every day, throughout the day, and I am completely satisfied. I know if I'm getting close to the time to eat, but it's more of a reminder from my body that it's time to eat, rather than being hungry (or hangry!)
  • I don't have the afternoon slump where I want to take a 20 minute nap mid-afternoon. THIS IS HUGE FOR ME. It means I'm not supplementing with mid-afternoon caffeine to keep myself going. 
  • I wake up refreshed and ready to go, because I'm sleeping so well. I wake up ready for the day. The impact of this on my daily life can not be understated. It is so amazing to wake up and not want to stay in bed all day. 
  • I wasn't drinking a lot of coffee before, but I was getting caffeine through hot tea (that I was sweetening with dairy-free flavored coffee creamer). I don't even miss it. Sometimes I'll have a few ounces of cold brew coffee blended with a chocolate shake or caramel macchiato shake in the morning for my first fueling, but that's an exception, and not a daily occurrence. 
  • My stomach isn't bothering me. I have spent years dealing with gut issues and to have almost none for the past two months is something that is very obvious to me. This is a low glycemic program, and I think that is the part I was missing for all the past years. 
I am so happy I started this program. I am so proud of myself for it, even though it is ridiculously easy to stay on program. I am spending less time cooking, less time shopping, and less money overall on food, drinks, and groceries - which is crazy to me. The cost was so intimidating to me, but when I think back, I can't come up with a good reason to NOT invest in myself. I AM WORTH IT. 

If you are looking to feel better, sleep better, and GET THE WEIGHT OFF, I would love to coach you on the path I'm following, and help you create your own path to a healthier you! Please reach out to me, this program is life changing, and I am so excited for what the future holds. I feel confident and excited to keep going on this path to a healthier me. 

As of today, after 60 days on program, I am so proud to say I have lost 34.5 pounds! 










Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Optavia Week 8 - Weigh-In 12/7/20

It has been a crazy week. Between sick kids, the death of my grandfather (in another state), and chaos to my work schedule, things have been anything but normal this past week. 

That said, Optavia fits perfectly into my life, no matter what is going on. I have had zero issue eating my Fuelings every 2.5 hours or so (give or take a few minutes), eating one delicious healthy Lean and Green meal each day, and getting enough sleep at night (for the most part). 

I am so glad I found this program. I am so glad I have quick and easy Fuelings to eat throughout the day, and I am so glad the Lean and Green meals are so easy to customize to fit my schedule and I am still able to eat whatever sounds good that day. 

When I first started this program, I was expecting a loss of maybe a pound or two each week. After 8 weeks, I have lost 32.8 pounds, which averages to over 4 pounds per week. I know that is slightly skewed because the first week was a huge loss for me, but still...wow. WOW. I am amazed at myself, and I am amazed at the simplicity and ease of the Optavia 5&1 program. 

I kinda want to shout it from the rooftops just how easy it is to follow, and how incredible the results are for me. 


Optavia Week 8 Weigh-In



Those are the same jeans, just 8 weeks apart. Wow!





Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Progress Post!

 I like numbers. I like tracking my progress. I take weekly measurements as well and always love seeing inches drop too! This program was not about the weight-loss for me, it was about learning healthy habits to eat and be able to learn and adopt those habits for the rest of my life. The weight-loss is an added benefit. 

I compiled my first seven weekly weigh ins into two graphics - one for October, and one for November. 

Does anyone have a good way to track everything? I have part of it in my Lose It app, and all of it in a Note on my phone, but I'd love to have one place to document all of my progress, so I can refer back to it for motivation and inspiration. 



Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Optavia Week 7 - Weigh-In 11/30/20

It is amazing to me that I've been on this journey for just seven weeks, when these new habits of health have already become such a normal and integral part of my life. 

I feel AMAZING. I love the changes in my sleep, my energy, my hunger (or lack thereof), my eating habits, what I eat, and the fact that I have made it through November - a month of celebrations - while remaining on plan the entire time, without even stressing about it. 

I really like starting my day with a Fueling, most days it is a shake blended with water, ice, and a few ounces of cold brew coffee, but sometimes it is oatmeal or even a brownie, because why not?!

I still alter when I eat my Lean and Green. My normal schedule to eat is 8 am, 10:30 am, 1 pm, 3:30 pm, 6 pm, and 8:30 pm. I don't usually eat it first or last, but I have eaten it at any of the other times throughout the day, depending on how things are going with my schedule. 

A big milestone happened this week too - I passed the 30 pound mark for weight loss! If you had asked me when I started this program - just 7 weeks ago - how long it would take me to lose 30 pounds, I would have said about 4 months. If you had asked me seven weeks ago what my goals were through the end of November, I would have said to learn healthier eating habits, and lose some bad eating habits. My long term goals were for my clothes to fit better. I am so proud of myself and so excited for this program, and the ability to share it and coach others along their journey to health. 






Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Optavia Week 6 - Weigh In 11/23/20

 I just finished up week 6 of the Optavia 5&1 program.

I feel really good - like surprisingly good. I have my hunger under control, my portions under control, and I'm not even a little stressed about the holidays and meals. I'm not much for turkey, but I do love some side dishes, but I decided that it is more worth it to me right now to be healthy, and I can have mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie another time. I even pureed fresh pumpkin to freeze, so I can make another pumpkin pie in a few months when I move into optimization. 

This past week was my birthday, so I was eating out more than I normally would. I had dinner out the weekend before my birthday, then the night of my birthday, and then the weekend after my birthday I was out of town. I know all the sodium just from eating at restaurants, plus the travel and being off my normal schedule, played a part in my body not making much changes this past week. I still ended the week down a full pound, which is awesome!

I still tend to stick to seafood for my protein in my Lean and Green, and I prefer salads over cooked veggies the vast majority of the time. Overall, this program has really fit quite nicely into my life, and it has been super easy to maintain following the guidelines. I'm really happy I decided to move forward, and I'm excited to see what the future holds for me. 

P.S. It feels GREAT to purge some of the clothes that don't fit me anymore, because I'm not going to wear them again! 



Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Optavia Week 5 - Weigh In 11/16/20

Week 5 felt a lot slower to me than other weeks. It's my birthday tomorrow (it's a big one) and I went out to dinner on Saturday and my salad with salmon had mushrooms in it, and I haven't eaten mushrooms in a few years, and I think they made me bloated. I also spent the several hours yesterday doing yard work, cleaning up the leaves, and exerted more energy than I normally do, so I'm not sure how that will play into things this week. 

Some of the things I worked on this week - the mental work is necessary for my success. 

  1. Really feeling in tune with my body. I like knowing what I put into my body, and the effect it has on me. 
  2. Planning out my Fuelings. I had to place another order this weekend, and although I have enough Fuelings for two weeks, I am trying to make sure I eat a variety each day, and still limit my bars to 1 or 2 at the most per day. 
  3. Planning out my Lean and Green earlier in the day, so I'm not scrambling to eat. 

So here's my Week 5 details from my weigh in:

I lost 3.8 pounds this week! 

That brings my total in five weeks on Optavia to -24.3 pounds. Holy crap. I can really see and feel the difference in my bust and my waist. I tried on smaller jeans this weekend - and they fit! TWO sizes smaller than what I started in! And, my face is much thinner too - noticeably so. 



Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Optavia 30 Day Results

 Today is Day 31, so I took photos this morning to document my progress. I never intended to share the original photos with anyone, but the difference is so drastic I have to share this one. When I started this program, I took the original photos on Day 1 - October 12, 2020. I've completed 30 full days of Optavia. 

Some of the differences I notice every single day:

  • I am sleeping amazingly well at night. It is sound, deep sleep - unlike what I've ever experienced before as an adult, especially with kids (even though my kids are 10 and 15). 
  • My tastes have changed, because I don't have cravings for sweets. I used to want a piece of dairy-free chocolate at night before bed, or something else sweet. I've never in my life gone through the Halloween season without touching a single piece of candy, or even being tempted by it (although the candy corn pumpkins were calling my name one day a few weeks ago). 
  • I am not hungry. I eat every 2.5-3 hours every day, throughout the day, and I am completely satisfied. 
  • I don't have the afternoon slump where I want to take a 20 minute nap mid-afternoon. 
  • I wake up refreshed and ready to go, because I'm sleeping so well. Even on days like today when it is pouring rain and great sleeping weather, I still wake up ready for the day. 
  • I wasn't drinking a lot of coffee before, but I was getting caffeine through hot tea (that I was sweetening with dairy-free flavored coffee creamer). I don't even miss it. Sometimes I'll have a few ounces of cold brew coffee blended with a chocolate shake or caramel macchiato shake in the morning for my first fueling, but that's an exception, and not a daily occurrence. 
  • My stomach isn't bothering me. I have spent years dealing with gut issues and to have almost none for the past month is something that is very obvious to me. This is a low glycemic program, so perhaps that is the part I was missing for all the past years. 
I am so happy I started this program. I am so proud of myself for it, even though it is ridiculously easy to stay on program. I am spending less time cooking, less time shopping, and less money overall on food, drinks, and groceries - which is crazy to me and I was skeptical about it, but after a month it is less than what I would normally spend. 

If you are looking to feel better, sleep better, and GET THE WEIGHT OFF, I would love to coach you on the path I'm following, and help you create your own path to a healthier you! Please reach out to me, this program has literally changed my life in only 30 days, and I am so excited for what the future holds. I feel confident and excited to keep going on this path to a healthier me. 

As of today, after 30 days on program, I am so proud to say I have lost 22 pounds! 






Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Optavia Week 4 - WEIGH IN 11/9/20

Week 4 was probably the most difficult week I've had yet, and it's because I spent the weekend out of town with a group of friends, where we barely leave the rental house and basically eat and drink all weekend. However, this time I packed my fuelings, prepped my own meals (okay, honestly I would have been doing that anyway because I was doing the food elimination and not eating dairy, gluten, meat, etc.). I didn't have any alcohol, although I could have had up to two shots of clear liquor each day and still stayed on the plan technically - and I would have gone with vodka and lime Bubly with a squirt of fresh lime. I still had an absolute blast even not drinking, I don't think anyone was the wiser (haha, I was pretty secretive that I wasn't drinking), and I drank the lime Bubly (sans vodka) in my drink cup, so I could alternate that with regular water. 

Other than that though, my week was great! I feel so amazing. I decided I want to share Optavia with my friends and became a coach (more on that in another post). I even have my first client! I am still in awe over how good I feel, and how great I am sleeping at night. 

Some of the things I worked on this week - the mental work is necessary for my success. 

  1. Eating a larger variety of fuelings. I have a lot that I tend to skip over and put off eating until another time, so I'm being more aware of rotating through them all. 
  2. Documenting everything in my app and my journal - food and water. I like to have it written down so I can go back and reference it if needed.
  3. Going to bed when I should and not staying up reading too late.

So here's my Week 4 details from my weigh in:

I lost 1.7 pounds this week! 

That brings my total in three weeks - just 28 days - on Optavia to -20.5 pounds. AMAZING. I am SO proud of myself and I want to shout it from the rooftops how easy and foolproof this program is. 






Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Optavia Week 3 - WEIGH IN 11/2/20

Week 3 was super easy and super quick. I still can't get over how easy it is to follow the Optavia 5-1 program. 

Some of the things I worked on this week - the mental work is necessary for my success. 

  1. Less caffeine. I already didn't drink much, but I was drinking a ton of tea and the occasional cold brew coffee. I'll still do that occasionally (especially when I mix the cold brew with one of the Optavia shakes - yum), but I'm more conscientious of it. 
  2. Documenting my foods, even just the fuelings, so I know which ones I am eating when and can track patterns.
  3. Limiting fueling bars to 2 per day. I've read they have a higher glycemic index than other fuelings and to limit them most days, unless it's one of those wacky days where you're out and about and can't easily accommodate the other fuelings.

So here's my Week 3 details from my weigh in:

I lost 4.2 pounds! 

That brings my total in three weeks - just 21 days - on Optavia to -18.8 pounds. Holy crap. I can really see and feel the difference in my bust and my waist. And, my face is much thinner too - noticeably so. 




Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Optavia Week 2 - WEIGH IN 10/26/20

Week 2 went by so quickly! I practiced being mindful of what I eat, taking my time to enjoy each and every bite, and making a point to reflect and think on things each day. I made sure I drank all my water each day, and ate all five fuelings each day. I started mixing up when I eat my lean and green, and sometimes I eat it during the early afternoon instead of the evening because it works better with my schedule, and I like that timing a lot. 

The OPTAVIA Community is really helpful. I'm in a group on Facebook for our team and even though I'm not very active (ok, not active at all), I still gain from reading what other people post and share. 

I like the mental work of this program too. It's forcing me to recognize food as fuel, a necessity to keep going, and not something to avoid (and then binge). 

So here's my Week 2 details from my weigh in:

I lost 2.9 pounds this week! 

That brings my total in two weeks - just 14 days - on Optavia to -14.6 pounds. Wowza. 





Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Optavia Day 8 - 10/19/20 - WEIGH IN

 Today I started Week 2 of Optavia. 

First things first - I weighed in after finishing my first full week:

I lost 11.7 pounds! 



HOLY SMOKES! I can't even believe it. I started last Monday and I was super bloated so I'm sure that played a part in it, but WOW. Even with going to the mountains and being gone for almost 2 days and I still had this huge success my first week. I love it! 

I also looked at my sleep tracker on my watch and check this out. 

Deep Sleep


Quality Sleep

Sleep Rating


And that sleep rating is even with a night in a hotel room while traveling. I still can't believe how ridiculously easy this program is to follow. I kinda love it! Yay Optavia! 



Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.