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    Posted January 4, 2013 by
    GaryOT
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    Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments

    Alive and Well!

     

    My story is that I was a 69 year old male, type II diabetic for 20+ years, and weighed 305 lbs.
    I had tried weight loss programs in the past but found them difficult to follow, not enough variety, or just flat out wasn’t able to stick to it. The weight came off very slow and I often gave up. As I was gaining more and more weight over the years I was not only living with diabetes, but my blood pressure was high, I had joint pain, I was short of breath, and had no energy. I was paying over $900 every 3 months for insulin.
    My nephew told me about a weight loss program called Optimal365 and suggested I try it as he did it with great success. I was a bit skeptical as I had done weight loss programs in the past and failed, but didn’t think I had much to lose. I began the program and the weight was coming off fairly fast, and it wasn’t hard at all, not to mention I enjoyed all the recipes they provided me with. My joint pain was decreasing, I had increased energy, was able to move better, and my blood pressure started coming down. It was really easy for me to stick to. I wasn’t hungry, and in fact, had to make myself eat more often even if I didn’t really feel like eating. The more I ate, the more the weight came off. The staff coached me on how to eat 5 times a day and made sure I was getting enough protein, vegetables, and fruit every day. The staff there is the best and helped me along every step of the way. I like to call them my “cheerleaders”!
    I was able to reach my weight loss goal in less than 6 months. I went from a men’s 2X to a men’s Large in shirts and from waist of 44 to 36 in jeans. The last time I was wearing a large and 36 was when I was in my 20’s and in the military. I just let myself go and didn’t know how to get back to a healthy state of being. I could not have done it without Optimal365!
    I now am pretty much just taking oral medication for my diabetes which has greatly improved, and my doctor is quite impressed! The cost for my insulin went from $900 to $110 every 3 months. Our food bill is lower and that’s with eating organic because we’re eating real food full of nutrition. I reached my goal and now I’m down to 207 lbs., but since it was so easy to do and maintain, I am going to lose that last 7 lbs. This is a food plan that I can live with the rest of my life and be completely satisfied. I will never go back to being overweight or obese again!
    I have learned how to eat to live instead of living to eat. I can honestly say that Optimal365 didn’t only change my life, but in all honesty, they SAVED my life!

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