Heather’s Story

SamanthaSharesHeather describes herself as someone who was “fat her whole life”. She was always the third wheel, the funny friend, the one with the great personality. She was never described as anything else.

That all changed when she saw a friend have success with Mind Body and Soul Fitness. She asked her friend about the program. Was it pills and shakes and pre-packaged food? Heather had done that all before and was not looking to ride that roller coaster again. Her friend assured her it was not like anything else out there. This plan used real food. No gimmicks. Just the right food in the right amounts at the right time of day.

That was all Heather needed to hear. She called and made an appointment that day.

That was back in May. In six months, she has lost 72 pounds. She went from a size 20 to a 14. She feels terrific. She looks terrific. She can almost fit back into her wedding dress from 17 years ago! Just one more size to go and then it will fit.

Heather and her husband recently went to Las Vegas to renew their wedding vows. She bought a new dress for the new celebration and loved the way she felt and looked in it. Her goal to fit into her original dress is still strong, though. She knows she can do it!

Heather thought she had it all figured out in the past. She would have a shake for breakfast and then a salad for lunch. Her salad would have chick peas, pepperoni and pasta. She thought that was ok because somehow, she never learned otherwise.

At Mind Body and Soul Fitness, they teach you the “otherwise”. You have a personal weight loss coach who is there for you every step of that way. That coach makes all the difference in the world because she makes sure you are not alone.

Last year, Heather used to drink a gallon of ice tea every two days. She would use 12 teabags and 24 Equal packets. This year, Heather drinks water. She drinks the water at red lights. She drinks it when she is home in the mornings and evenings. She drinks when she can all day long. She no longer drinks tea or any caffeine for that matter.

There have been some hardships, too. Heather had no idea how to shop for “regular” clothes. She had been in the Plus section for so long that she almost forgot how to shop anywhere else!

Over the summer, Heather went to get changed and realized that she took her shorts off without unbuttoning them or using the zipper. She just pulled them straight off!

If you want to lose weight the healthy way, cook your own foods, have the support of a private coach in your corner every step of the way, then you are in the right place. If you want to avoid crowded meetings and pre-packaged foods, look no further. If you want to be like Heather, then contact Mind Body and Soul Fitness today. Yes you can!20 Weeks on plan-Sept 2015 IMG_2184-1

Sue’s Story

SamanthaSharesSue was just like so many of us. She had weight to lose but did not know how to go about it. She had tried different types of diets in the past and was frustrated.

Sue had a friend who had joined Mind Body and Soul Fitness and said it really worked. The personal recommendation was all she needed to hear. She joined right away.

20 pounds later, Sue is happier than ever. She had learned how to eat and how her body responds to food. She had learned how to recover from setbacks and how to make the plan work for her.

Sue’s children are grown and she and her husband frequently enjoy going out to eat. She has learned to be specific when she orders, asks the server to hold the salt, and speak up for what she needs. Not once has anyone ever looked at her funny or judged her. She was and is amazed at how flexible and accommodating people can be.

For Sue, having a personal weight loss coach was vital to her being so successful. She learned the value of accountability and learned to explore the choices that her coach gave her. They worked as a team to determine what worked best for her and she even found herself being able to open up to her coach and explore some of the reasons why she had made poor choices in the past.

The hardest thing about the plan was being honest. Sue knew she could cheat here and there and that she might be the only one to know. Then she realized that she would only be cheating herself. That is not why she signed up for this plan so full disclosure for her was the only way to go!

Her advice? Give it a shot. It works. Even if you think you can’t do it, you can. This plan is designed for people to succeed. Drink your water. Utilize your coach. Be honest. And watch the weight disappear.

Sue’s husband recently had a cholesterol check. He went down 20 points and he is not even on the plan! He does, however, see how his wife cooks and eats and follows her lead. Now he is healthier because of her quest to be healthier! Talk about a win-win.

Sue exercised before and she still exercises now. While certainly not mandatory, she likes the way it feels both physically and emotionally.

The cost of the plan was totally worth it once Sue saw the woman that she was meant to become. The whole experience of her weight loss was such a positive one for her.

If you want to lose weight the healthy way, cook your own foods, have the support of a private coach in your corner every step of the way, then you are in the right place. If you want to avoid crowded meetings and pre-packaged foods, look no further. If you want to be like Sue, then contact Mind Body and Soul Fitness today. Yes you can!

Sue Moyer 20 week photo

Nancy D’s Story

SamanthaSharesThis is the story of Nancy. Nancy was a size 16 and steadily gaining weight. There was a history of diabetes in her family and her A1C numbers were starting to creep up. She knew something had to be done about her situation, but she was worried. She was worried about what it would cost to lose weight. She was worried she would fail if she fell into the same old habits. She was just plain worried about everything!

Nancy talked to a coworker who had joined Mind Body and Soul Fitness and had a lot of success. Her friend encouraged her to take the leap. Fortunately for Nancy, she listened.

35 pounds later, Nancy is a new person! She is now a size 10/12. She started running. She is so much healthier than she ever thought she could be.

Keeping up with all the groceries was hard! She was constantly running out of fruit. However, those were good problems to have. They were much better than the constant worry.

Nancy began to learn what triggers her to eat. With the help of her food coach, she learned how to control her portions and her cravings. She learned the importance of drinking the water and emptied all the junk food from her house.

Her journey began this past July. She reached her goal by late September and is now dealing with stabilization and maintenance.

Most of the people in Nancy’s life were supportive of her quest to become a healthier person. There was no negativity or doubt and that really helped to keep her going.

Nancy had times where she slipped up. Instead of quitting like she always had in the past, she got right back on track. She did this after vacations and other celebrations.

Buying new clothes has been such a rush for her! All her old clothes are packed away. When she reaches the one-year anniversary of her weight loss, she will donate it all.

There are many factors that led to Nancy becoming overweight. Some she could control and some she could not. She used to work 12 hour shifts and be on her feet the whole time. Then her job switched to a desk job. That alone wreaked havoc on her system.

Learning how her body works has been such a good thing for Nancy. She is super proud of herself (as well she should be!).

If you want to lose weight the healthy way, cook your own foods, have the support of a private coach in your corner every step of the way, then you are in the right place. If you want to avoid crowded meetings and pre-packaged foods, look no further. If you want to be like Nancy, then contact Mind Body and Soul Fitness today. Yes you can!

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Rachael’s Story

SamanthaSharesRachael never had a weight problem…until she had kids. Then all bets were off! Her body had changed and she did not know what to do.

She had been eating poorly and was gaining weight. She was unhappy and knew she had to take action.

Rachael knew the owner of Mind Body and Soul Fitness and reached out to her. She knew she needed help to get to her goal.

She joined boot camp and started the food plan at the same time. In a month, she dropped 20 pounds! To date, she has kept that weight off for two years and counting.

Rachael now knows what she can and cannot eat. She learned how her body metabolizes different types of food. She knows to plan her day around what food she will eat and if she is planning a meal out, she takes that into consideration with her other meals.

Having a personal weight loss coach really helped her. Knowing her coach had been in her shoes gave her the credibility she needed to trust her. Being held accountable for her choices and her meals made all the difference to Rachael and really helped her drop the weight.

At one point, Rachael was too focused on the numbers on the scale. She was letting them dictate how she felt. So she took a step back and stopped journaling. She knew if she slipped up, she would have to start journaling again. That was all she needed to know to stay good!

“Trust in yourself” and you will see results.

Rachael still drinks her water. She feels that it flushes out the occasional bad meal.

One of the main lessons Rachael learned was to put herself first. “If I can do it, anyone can!”

She is still active in boot camp and attends two days a week for an hour each session. She loves the class and the way it makes her feel. She also feels the right instructor can make a world of difference.

Rachael is no longer afraid to try new foods. She is proud that she is stronger for herself and her family. She has confidence now that she never had before. She is empowered to do and be more. She is able to think and be positive.

Even though it has been two years, the journey and the struggle is just as real to Rachael today. It has to be!

If you want to lose weight the healthy way, cook your own foods, have the support of a private coach in your corner every step of the way, then you are in the right place. If you want to avoid crowded meetings and pre-packaged foods, look no further. If you want to be like Rachael, then contact Mind Body and Soul Fitness today. Yes you can!

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Vita’s Story

SamanthaSharesVita was always very active. As a child and during her teenage years, she played a lot of sports. She did not think of herself as overweight or think of weight as an issue because back then, it was not.

Vita’s family owns an Italian pizza shop. Saying no to that homemade, delicious food got harder as she got older.

She had her children young. By 25, she had her second child and had not gotten off the weight she had gained with the first. By this stage in her life, she was much less active. The stubborn pregnancy weight refused to budge. She was not sure what to do.

As a nurse on the night shift, she hardly got in any exercise. She also had an hour drive to work each way, which was more time to be sedentary. At one point, she started walking on the treadmill and eating healthier. She dropped a fair amount of weight and felt good.

Slowly the weight crept back on. Vita did not know where to turn.

Vita heard of Mind Body and Soul Fitness from some friends. She decided it was time to call.

50 pounds later, Vita has a new lease on life! She went from a size 16/18 to a size 6/8! The first few months, she just focused on the diet. Once she had that down, she added in exercise. She feels like she is finally the person she was meant to be.

As a nurse, Vita knows a lot about diabetes. She would inform her patients that insulin costs were $200/month – and that is with insurance! She could counsel others about the dangers of diabetes but she could not take care of herself to make sure she did not get the disease. That was before.

This is after. Stabilizing at a weight that she is comfortable with has been a game-changer for her.

Vita has learned how important it is to plan her meals. She also learned to rely on her personal weight loss coach. Vita is now a role-model for her family and is comfortable in her own skin. She feels good and she is proud of what she has accomplished.

Now she can go to her family restaurant and make smart choices. She can still be with everyone and enjoy the delicious food – just now she plans for it and enjoys it in moderation!

If you want to lose weight the healthy way, cook your own foods, have the support of a private coach in your corner every step of the way, then you are in the right place. If you want to avoid crowded meetings and pre-packaged foods, look no further. If you want to be like Vita, then contact Mind Body and Soul Fitness today. Yes you can!

Before and After