2004 Hollywood Trip
Hi, my name is Janet. I am 42 years old and a proud mom of a 4-year-old boy. I have battled depression and yo-yo dieted for over 20 years. My weight has ranged from 135 to 190 pounds. Several years ago, when I cleaned out my closet, I found clothes ranging from size 4 to 18. In all my years of trying to lose weight, I was never able to sustain a regular exercise program. My solution to being overweight was always an extreme diet (anything that did not involve exercise).
I have struggled with chemical imbalance and depression off and on for 17 years. My latest battle with it started July 2003. With the help of medications I got stabilized, but still did not feel "better." Going hand in hand with my depression was comfort eating. When my stress level got out of control, I found myself binging for comfort and then purging because of my fear of gaining weight and the false feeling that it gives me some control—bulimia.
About four months ago I found myself starting up the binge/purge pattern again. Only this time I told myself, I do not want to do this anymore—but I needed help. I needed to learn a more constructive way to handle my stress and to finally learn how to eat right. That is when I ordered Slim in 6. Once and for all I wanted to take control of health (and my weight) properly, instead of letting my weight control me.
I would like to share part of my journal that tells of my greatest motivation: "Getting on with it. As far as the past goes, it has made me who I am, and that is not a bad thing. It has made me very strong, compassionate, understanding, a bit too tenderhearted, and very determined. I am not naive enough to think that losing weight is my cure-all. It is a step I need to take to get me going in the right direction. Depression makes it so easy to give up, not try, and to not care. I DO care what happens to me. I want better. The first step to achieve this is to start feeling better physically. Which makes me feel better mentally."
The wonderful thing about the Beachbody experience is that it's not just an exercise video; it's also support and information. I found the most wonderful group of people on the Message Boards, who I feel proud to call my Motivated Diehard Family. When things are getting tough, there is always someone there for encouragement, inspiration, or a pep talk.
Thanks to all the information and tools Beachbody provides, I have finally learned what I should be eating, how much and how often. I have finally learned how to eat properly—now a way of life, not a "diet"!
I completed Slim in 6 on May 30. I am thrilled and proud of my results. I lost a total of 20 pounds and 20 inches. Six of those inches are off my waist. I feel like a new person inside as well as out. It is amazing how six weeks has transformed me. I feel happy, energetic, motivated, and more confident. Most importantly, I have found an inner peace I thought I had lost forever. Now when I am feeling stressed, I go for my "Slim & Limber" tape instead of the refrigerator.
I am still working toward my goal weight, and I have started round two of Slim in 6. My totals are now 23 pounds and 21.5 inches lost. With all the pounds and inches lost I have gained something, too—my SMILE!
Thank you, Beachbody, for giving me the tools I needed to finally succeed.