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Losing Weight After Cancer

Lynn’s story begins with a diagnosis of breast cancer in August of 2009 at the age of 49.  At this point in her life, Lynn weighed a healthy 135 lbs. and lived a very active lifestyle.  In January of 2010 she received 4 chemotherapy sessions that pushed her into an early menopause.  Despite trying to stay active, Lynn found herself gaining weight and jumped up to 167 lbs. over the next 2 years.

Devastated at how her clothes fit she desperately tried to lose weight with diet and exercise but her results were not very rewarding.  Over the course of 2 years trying programs like Jenny Craig she slowly dropped to 153 and couldn’t seem to budge from this point.

Lynn met with her OB doctor who recommended she come to see me for a nutritional plan.  Lynn called me telling me that she had tried everything and just couldn’t lose weight despite watching what she ate and exercising.

When I met with Lynn and did a diet history I found that she really wasn’t eating well at all and that her diet was loaded with fast foods, processed foods, fatty foods and way too many carbohydrates.  No wonder she couldn’t lose weight!  I felt her frustration but I also felt like she could be very successful if we could get her to eat “real foods”.  Lynn travels for her job and is on the road most of the day and the idea of packing food and making her own was not only overwhelming but she felt not possible.  This was the biggest obstacle she had to cross and once she would acknowledge that she did need to change what was going into her body in order to see weight loss, she began to have some results.

I met with Lynn and was able to implement a personal Lifestyle Plan for her to follow.  I monitored her logs and followed her daily to help her and motivate her along the way.

Lynn is currently at 143 lbs., which is just 9 lbs. from her goal weight!  She still has some work to do on her diet but she has made so many changes already and she continues to work on cleaner eating habits each day.  As she lost the weight she began to dance more.  Dancing helped her to regain her confidence from before her cancer diagnosis because she not only felt alive again but she was wearing her smaller size clothes and feeling sexy!

When I asked Lynn what helped her the most she told me the following:

1.  Mary allowed me to have wine worked into my plan.  I couldn’t believe it and it was so important for me to be able to unwind with a glass of wine at the end of a long day.   She taught me how to be accountable to my daily calories with Lose It and how to work in the right portion of wine and not every day! In addition, for those who want to keep wine in their plans, they can research about and all the wines that are listed there.

2.  Lose It really helped me to see how many calories I was actually consuming.  I had no idea that the foods I was choosing were so high in calories

3.   Mary helped me to make better choices in restaurants so I could survive my client dinners that are so frequent.

4.  I volunteered to dance with Professional Ballroom Dancer event on May 18th and when I started the beginning of April I was larger then the instructor.  This motivated me to follow my plan and by the time of the event I was feeling thin and sexy (picture above).

5.  I still have to work on some issues with potato chips in particular and some sweets that I still tend to reach for but by being accountable daily to my Lose It program and to Mary I continue to make good choices and work towards my final goal of 135.

Congratulations to Lynn!  She is a true inspiration and a fighter!

Are you looking to transform your health? Mary works with clients all over the country developing personalized nutrition and exercise plans for weight loss and health. If you’re ready to get started on your journey to health and wellness contact her today!

Visit BodyDesigns Two Week Detox Plan or BodyDesignsbyMary for more information.

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