My name is Michelle Adams and I am from Spokane, Washington. I have been a stay-at-home mom for the past month and a-half, but I'm happy to say I just recently accepted a new job. I heard about Positive Changes in various places. I saw it on billboards, heard about it from friends and saw it in the paper. I was bound and determined to do it because I've tried other methods and I realized that Positive Changes was a lifestyle change, not a diet. I knew that's what I needed. I felt my life needed a change because I was in a downward spiral. Before coming to Positive Changes, I was in a deep, deep depression. I knew that was part of my weight gain. I knew I needed to make a huge change. I've always been overweight. I was 220 pounds when I graduated from high school. I've gained and lost it over the years since high school. I'm 41 years old now. I've been down to 120 pounds and I've been back up to 210 pounds, and that's where I was at when I came to Positive Changes six months ago.
My self-esteem was at its lowest when I came to Positive Changes. My evaluator knew that this was the perfect place for me and she knew they could help me. Since coming to Positive Changes in February, I've lost 50 pounds. I've gone from almost a size 18 to a size 10. I can't wear any of the clothes I was wearing before I started. I had saved a pair of jeans that I wore before my son was born and I'm wearing them today.
It took about two months before things started coming off. I'm very stubborn so I really had to train myself to listen to the sessions nightly and keep with the routine. It was very easy to just lie down at night and listen to the CDs. The program was very easy to do. I've tried losing weight in the past and every year I was up and down. I'd lose the weight by just walking it off. I would walk the weight off every year and by the summertime, I'd lose 20 pounds. Then I'd gain it back, and then every year I'd gain another 5 pounds making it harder and harder to lose as I got older. It was just this last couple of years that I didn't lose the weight. I have never really tried Weight Watchers or anything like that. I've always thought you have to make a lifestyle change to lose the weight and keep it off. The fad diet has just never been my way of doing things.
Positive Changes taught me how to eat the right foods. I'm not a real "sweets" person. I'm not into chocolates, ice cream, deserts and stuff like that. Instead, I'd eat large meals and fast foods - I'd eat on the run a lot - and I would eat processed foods. I learned through Positive Changes that those processed foods aren't the right type of food you should be eating. You should eat fresh and alive foods that still have the nutrients in them. Those are the type of foods that you need in your body. You need the vitamins and everything to keep your body working properly.
Once I started losing the weight after the first couple of months, it came off quickly. Then just all of a sudden it was gone. Twenty pounds was gone within a couple of weeks. I didn't even realize I was losing it. Then it was easy for me to keep up with the routine once I saw it going away. Before I knew it, people were saying things to me and that made it even easier to lose the weight. I was getting the results and then people were noticing and asking questions. As you're telling your story it makes you feel more confident. I lost about two to three pounds a week after that.
Then I noticed my behavior; I was just a completely different person. I was coming out of the depression. I was more outgoing. I was back into my routine. My friends were saying, "There's the Michelle that we used to see". I was back out in the public. I was back to a person I used to be a couple of years ago. I could go and take my son out and get him things that he likes to eat and I wouldn't order the foods I used to eat. I would order a fresh salad or eat proper foods and it wouldn't even bother me to see him eating his burger and fries or whatever. Actually, I kind of rubbed off some of my eating habits on my family and I've got my husband eating healthier now.
Positive Changes has made more changes in my lifestyle than just proper eating habits. I have more energy now. I've got a better outlook on my life and I have a different focus. I can relax now. I can look at a situation and I've got a completely different outlook on it. I don't go into a situation and charge into it with anger or frustration. I just take a deep breath and go into it with a smile and deal with it. I've dealt with headaches all my life. It's just been one misdiagnosis after another. I actually even had sinus surgery and it didn't solve the problem. I've been diagnosed with TMJ and never went through with the surgery to correct that. Now I've learned to deal with that and to solve some of my pain by relaxation through self-hypnosis at night before I go to sleep. I find myself even waking up halfway through the night and relaxing my jaw through the self-hypnosis. I don't have half the headaches I did and I don't have half the pain I did because I've learned to relax my jaw. It's just automatic now.
I live in a cul-de-sac and it's all boys so the parents take turns with the boys at each other's houses. The other parents say I have all the patience in the world with the boys when they come to my house and they're running around, and they're like, "How do you deal with all this?" They're amazed at how I have this calm sense about me now.
My eating habits have changed. I'm drinking tons of water and a lot of people have noticed it. That's helped me with a lot of things. My doctor has noticed different things. My skin, my hair, my nails, everything has changed because of it - even my stamina. My friends and family have noticed everything about it.
I would say that the cost of the program is definitely justified because of what I got out of this - again, it's not just a weight loss program, it's a lifestyle change. I've saved money. I've saved money by coming to this program, not just on food spent, but because I'm a clothing freak. I'll go out and see something I like and I'll buy it before I try it on and most of the time it never fit me. It would just sit in my closet. I used to always tell myself, "Well, someday it will fit me." I can't tell you how many times I've had to donate clothing that was in my closet after two years that I'd spent $200 on and it never fit me. I've done that so many times. The Positive Changes program is definitely justified because now I'll buy something and I'm able to wear it. I am able to try it on and wear it.
I'm looking forward to the winter months. My husband is an avid hunter and I'm looking forward to the fact that this year I'm going to be able to keep up with him. I'm going to be able to go with him on every hunt and stay up with him and not have to stay back in the wings or stay home.