When Julie and I began our weight loss journey this spring, our initial intentions were simply to just lose some weight…any weight! The two of us had reached a real low point in our lives that had gone on for several years; we were the heaviest we had ever been, we didn’t have energy to do things with our family, we felt tired all the time, we were having health issues (especially me), and we were embarrassed at how we looked…so much so, we hid ourselves behind other people in photos, we cropped ourselves out of photos, we wore big, loose fitting clothing, and we tried to avoid the spotlight as much as possible. We tried to keep a “happy face” on and act like we were okay around our family and friends, but deep down inside, we were both hurting. I felt like I had not only let myself down, but I had let my family down and I was no longer physically at my best for them. Julie had expressed these same feelings to me, saying she was worried if she continued to let her health deteriorate, she wasn’t going to be around to help her son “Julien.”
We signed onto this system and decided to give it a try. We weren’t disappointed! In fact, we were immediately rewarded with positive results! We both lost significant pounds in just our first two weeks, and we realized…these products were for real! We went from just hoping to lose some weight, to actually believing we could lose an amount of weight that would be life changing for us. We both decided, we were going to each lose 100 pounds!
We became accountability coaches for each other. And with great mentoring from my brother-in-law, Chris Daugherty, and my sister, Rana Daugherty, and medical and system advice from our friend Gina Van Dorn, we not only received instruction from all of them in how to use our products and the program in general, but they provided us words of encouragement, support, and motivation almost daily. And with the support of my wife, Celia Steele, my mom, Sally Jarnecke, and all of our family members and friends, we continued to progress and get healthy with each day.
As the months went by, the pounds and inches fell away. Our clothes began to feel extremely loose. Our faces changed. Our minds got “clearer.” And we began to experience this uncanny sense of boundless energy! We would wake up feeling fully rested and wide awake as we climbed out of our beds. Our stress levels diminished. We developed new outlooks on life and we felt much more positive and upbeat. And my many weight-related medical issues vanished!
If someone had asked me a year ago if I thought I could lose 100 pounds, I would have laughed in their face. Today, the person I am now, is laughing the sort of laughter, in a way only a person who has done something they never thought they could do laughs. It’s a joyful and extremely happy laughter!
I’m so proud of my daughter for achieving this huge lifetime goal for herself. And I’m happy she helped and supported me to achieve my weight loss goals too. I couldn’t have done this without her help, and the help of my family and friends.
Today, Julie and I have changed our “why,” from not just focusing on our own personal goals of health and fitness, but to reach out to our family, friends, coworkers, and anyone seeking to get to a healthier version of themselves. To share our products and lifestyle ideas, in order for them to feel what we’re feeling now. Our products aren’t just for weight loss. This is not a diet. It’s a healthy lifestyle, supported with super nutritious food. I love my wife, my daughter, my family and friends. And I love this lifestyle!