By Cathy Cox
eDiets Member Success Coordinator
“Look at me! Just look at me! If I don’t exude energy and enthusiasm and a healthy lifestyle, something is WRONG between you and me,” exclaims Connie during our interview. If that didn’t get your attention, she’s got plenty more to say! At nearly 62, Connie is living her life with a vibrancy and youthfulness that she hasn’t in years, and she’s sharing it with whoever will listen! And that’s exactly why we brought Connie out to Portland with us for the new eDiets.com commercial shoot.
Connie joined up with eDiets on the 5-day Fresh Prepared Meal Delivery plan back in January 2010. When she started, she says she hardly recognized herself. At 172lbs, Connie felt that her body was no longer the one she recognized. Being in the fitness industry (Connie is a part-time group fitness instructor), she had a hard time understanding why or how she had suddenly gained so much weight, but she did know that she was feeling a little out of control and obsessed with food.
One of Connie’s “hobbies” is entertaining! She readily admits that she loves food – how it looks, how it tastes, how it’s prepared, and she loves sharing with other people. I asked Connie how she was able to reconcile this hobby of hers with “being on a diet,” with being on the Fresh Prepared Meal Delivery plan and feeling fully satisfied in that. She says, “my social group has had to adapt, and the focus has shifted from food and food preparation to spending time with friends and family. They are losing weight as she does, and they are learning proper portion sizes, calories, and they are adapting to the changes she is making for herself!” Wow!
She goes on to say, “I’m very aesthetically focused, my meals must be colorful and beautifully presented! With eDiets I can see the bright green broccoli and orange sweet potatoes and I think, ‘Oh my god, I get to have THAT on Wednesday and THAT on Friday? I can’t wait! And after all that, I still get a COOKIE?!’” The food is taken care of, she doesn’t have to think about it or obsess about it because it’s already done. “I know my nutritional needs are being met without all the fuss about what to prepare and how to prepare it, so when I come home from a long day, after giving everything I have at work and then to fitness classes, I know I can just pop a meal in the microwave and I will be fully satisfied.”
Not only is the food taken care of, Connie says, but she knows she can also turn to the support boards for accountability, venting, and sharing experiences, good or bad. Specifically she mentions, “Boot Camp! When I first joined, Boot Camp was an electrical bolt going through me! It gave me guidelines, it gave me opportunities, it gave me ACCESS…access to Raphael and to you! Access to people who said they would respond to my questions in emails, and someone who said they’d respond to my questions posted on the board, and they DID!”
Editors Note: eDiets members are never alone! You can access the Support Boards 24/7. We have Fitness and Nutrition experts on hand to answer YOUR questions, and help you reach all of your goals! Want an “electrical bolt” like Connie? Check out the eDiets Best Body Boot Camp DVD, and members – the free online Best Body Boot Camp online program!
So, is it working? “My energy is growing, my hair is thicker and shinier, my skin is clearer – it glows, and I’m losing weight! There’s your proof I guess!” I guess, indeed! When we brought Connie to Portland she’d already lost an amazing 25lbs, and since then she’s continued on to lose another 7lbs. As of today, she’s only 6lbs from her goal weight of 135lbs. “I never would have guessed (how would I?), that I could have succeeded at this when I have failed so many times before. To others I’d say that change is scary, we’re all afraid of change. But take each step with hope that it could happen. What if change is your friend instead of your adversary? Applaud yourself today!”
We applaud you, Connie! Check out more of what Connie had to say about her time in Portland for the commercial shoot, and look forward to hearing more from Connie when she reaches her goal!
Update: Since we first shared Connie’s success with you, Connie has reached and surpassed her goal weight for a total loss of 38 pounds! Connie still enjoys the 5-Day Fresh Prepared Meal Delivery Plan, eDiets Best Body Boot Camp, and recently accompanied us to share her story on ShopNBC!