Lost 30 lbs. and 20″ in 28 weeks
Amanda Havard, SlimFast Success Story and Ambassador, shares her emotional journey of overcoming an unexpected change in her relationship. Read her personal blog to learn how SlimFast and the support of her children helped her to find her strength and confidence to reach her goals.
My entire life I have struggled with weight loss. I had an unhealthy relationship with food. I used it to cope with so many emotions. If I was sad or upset I went to the kitchen. If I received great news I thought; let’s go eat to celebrate. More often than not, if I was bored I would go rummage through the pantry to fill my time. I had no idea what I was doing to my body and what’s worse is that I had no idea the habits I was teaching my children.
"I realized it was time to get my life back. To be healthy and strong for my two beautiful children."
I am a newly divorced single mom of two teenagers. Let me tell you, they keep me moving. I say newly, but I am coming up on a year in about four months. Getting married straight out of high school at 18 years old and raising a family for 17 years was such a joy. When that all changed, my life was turned upside down. The first few months were a blur. I was walking around in a fog. I ate my feelings most of the time and when I wasn’t eating, I was sleeping. It was very unhealthy. My children were such a blessing. They gave me time to grieve, because believe it or not, any big change in your life can cause you to grieve. Then they told me, “Ok Mom, it’s time to get up.”
I remember my daughter telling me daily, “It’s going to be ok, it’s us against the world.” They were my wake-up call. I realized it was time to get my life back. To be healthy and strong for my two beautiful children.
I began The SlimFast Plan and right away I knew it was the plan for me. I have tried several weight loss plans and fad diets through the years. This plan fit my crazy, busy lifestyle perfectly. It was so easy to follow and everything I tried, I loved the taste of. I loved that I could have all my meals and snacks right on hand. If I was at home and working, I would make a smoothie but if I was traveling that day I had my ready-made shakes and snacks. I just loved how easy it was! The 500-calorie meals the kids and I get to create at dinner have been a joy. I like the fact that we are eating healthy and still sitting down as a family to talk about our day. That is so important to me and The SlimFast Plan allows us to still have that time together.
"This plan fit my crazy, busy lifestyle perfectly. It was so easy to follow and everything I tried, I loved the taste of."
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The other great thing about this life transformation is that I am spending more time with my children. I tried the gym and at-home DVD’s, they were ok and did the job, but I found joy in exercising with my kids. Each day we do at least two miles together. Sometimes we just walk and talk, sometimes we ride bikes together. No matter what we are doing, we are doing it together. I love that. Oh, and the fact that they are not staring at their phones and computers all day! Another activity we do together is Tae-Kwon-Do. My children have been in class for years but now their mom has joined them. I love that we are doing activities together and all learning how to defend ourselves.
I guess my biggest piece of advice would be to not be so hard on yourself. I found through my journey that I was my own worst enemy. If I had a bad day and got off plan or did not hit a target goal I had set for myself I would want to quit and go to the pantry like that was going to help! I had to change my way of thinking and for me, that was really hard. I am worth it, I can do this, I have the willpower, food will no longer control me. These are the phrases I would have to tell myself several times a day. If you are reading this and have ever felt worthless or unworthy of being happy, it is NOT TRUE. You are so worth more than that. Do not give in to those thoughts or feelings. Take a step toward doing something positive for yourself. Tomorrow is a new day and we all get a fresh start each day.
Starting The SlimFast Plan was the most life-changing experience I have ever had. I am a new me. I have found a confidence in myself that I never knew I had. I am still working on myself daily but I am so proud of the woman that I have become!
Thank you SlimFast!