My story really begins 15 years ago. At age 41, I got married and we wanted to have a child together. I went through IVF 7 times and was blessed with a daughter on my 7th try. Going through treatments, I put on weight – a lot of weight. I tried lots of things to lose the weight, because with the weight came high cholesterol and borderline diabetes. I cut out red meat, dairy, low carb diet and even tried a colon cleanse.
Nothing worked, until my friend Maggie Yule gave me a Vi-Shake. The company behind the product offered a guarantee to work or they’d send all of my money back after 90 days. There wasn’t a risk, and I had nothing to lose but the weight, as the slogan goes. I started using the Vi-Shake, using whole milk, cream on the top and lost an amazing 26 lbs in one month.
When I realized how much weight I lost, I thought, oh my goodness, now I really need to do this and began in earnest. I was drinking two shakes a day, low fat milk, and had the goal to lose 40 lbs in 90 days. I missed my goal; I still dropped an amazing 36 lbs in 90 days.
At the end of the first 30 days I knew what a difference these Vi-Shakes were making. I was at the park with my 10 year old daughter, chasing her. I stopped and began to cry. I realized I had missed 10 years. This was the first time I was able to run after her.
One of my greatest joys was hearing my daughter tell Maggie, “Thank you for starting my mom on Visalus, I can sit on her lap again.” I am no longer borderline diabetic and my energy level is through the roof. I used to need a nap at about 3:00 in the afternoon, now there is no stopping me. Especially when it came to playing with my daughter.
That was only the first challenge, and during that challenge I didn’t work out at all.
I continue doing the challenge 90 days at a time. I went from 171 to an amazing 131 pounds. I am now at 142 pounds, but I have strength! I am working on building lean muscle and getting 6-pack abs. My daughter does the challenge with me, not to lose weight, there is no need, but to inspire me and she wants 6-pack abs too. I work hard, but it is worth every moment.
I can do this at home, 10 minutes a day. My life as a single mom is just too full to put the gym in the schedule as well.
I did lose that last 4 lbs on my second challenge. On my 3rd challenge I walked my first 5K, I did another 5K for breast cancer awareness in my 4th challenge. Now on my 6th challenge I am working on a more active lifestyle. I have gone from a size 12-14 to a size 8-10, enjoying being able to move more easily, have more energy and feel better about myself.
What I love about the Body By Vi 90 day health challenge is that it’s always MY challenge, and the challenges are not always about weight loss. I have friends that need to put on weight/muscle, or another friend who is now a professional bathing suit model. Other friends have done marathons, triathlons, tough mudders’ and extreme sports. It’s my challenge, or yours. You can choose what it is you want to challenge. For me, I have put a second component on the challenge, which is to read a book a month, so 3 books over the 90 days.
For me the challenge is a way to commit to my daughter and I to eat together every evening. A healthy, sensible meal, and bring balance back into our lives each day.
It doesn’t necessarily work every day, but it is the goal we aim for each day and we both feel so much better for it.
Now, in addition to challenging myself, I am work as a representative of Body By Vi to help all of the other single mothers, self-employed, and already-too-busy folks to take better care of their bodies. I want my own story to inspire and motivate you to challenge yourself, but more importantly, succeed in achieving your goals to live and be healthy.
I’m just a regular single mom. My daughter may think I’m a super hero, but really, I’m not. If I can do this and achieve these kind of results, then I know in my heart anyone can. Best of all, the Body by Vi will GIVE you your money back after 30 days if you want to stop, or after 90 days if you don’t achieve your goal.