*Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan® is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

Sandra Bruce

"I love this program so much and I want other people to feel that hope. I want them to know that no matter how high you think your wall is, you can climb it with this program."

Though she'd been on every diet, Sandy had always been able to maintain what she considered a "normal" size. She had an active life hiking, biking and just living. But life happens, and in her early 50's Sandy found herself in a new role-complete caregiver to her disabled husband, and supporting her daughter and autistic grandson, and her frail 90 year-old mother. All her relationships had shifted, and her life began to pile up as she made her way through it as best she could.

Over time, Sandy became twice as big as she had been, weighing in at 245 pounds. She started a non-profit organization to help autistic kids learn soft skills. She was turning down networking opportunities and speaking engagements with depression and disappointment. She was hiding under layers and layers of clothes. At 245 pounds, Sandy was looking at a picture of herself but she couldn't recognize that woman or even identify with her. "I see a sad, uncomfortable woman," she thought. "That's not me."

Then it began to sink in. She is that woman in the photo. Sandy says she thought to herself, "My joints hurt. My activity is restricted. I can't play on the floor with the grandkids. I have headaches and reflux. I have been retreating and withdrawing. I have been hiding." Sandy realized that she hadn't really "seen" herself in years, and this sad woman she saw in the photo really was what she'd become. And then she was diagnosed with cancer, a type in which obesity is a prominent risk factor. That was a wake up call.

"My brother forwarded me a newsletter from his doctor that had Dr. A's Habits of Health in it. I picked up the phone and called. Eleven months from that time, I had lost 120 pounds*. I call it the 'half-me project.' "

What made the difference? Sandy says the one-on-one Coach support and the healthy lifestyle made all the difference. "This is so much more than a diet; it's learning how your body works and teaches you to stay a step ahead of your body's cravings."

The plans provide a structure to get comfort eating and emotional eating under control. It's this message that Sandy wants to take to others as an OPTAVIA Coach.

"I love this program so much and I want other people to feel that hope. I want them to know that no matter how high you think your wall is, you can climb it with this program."

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