I have struggled my whole life with my weight. I honestly can not remember not having an issue with my body weight. It stopped me from doing so many things growing up – being on the swim team, volleyball team etc… I was just too self-conscious and extremely shy. When I was a senior in high school I did get on the Weight Watchers program and it did work for awhile but I did not stick with it and gained it all back plus more. I kept gaining weight as the years passed and after I had my 1st daughter I started taking the appetite suppressant and was advised to eat better and exercise but I didn’t, I relied on the medication and the weight did come off right away with no effort. I was ecstatic. When I got pregnant with our second daughter I let myself go and gained around 70 lbs while pregnant. I was miserable for the next 3 years or so but put on a happy front to cover up my sadness. Until one day my friend, Jessica Aretz told me about her sister’s weight loss clinic. She started the program and was losing weight and I would see her frequently and inside I couldn’t help but feel jealous. I could not take it anymore! I HAD to do something, I had to make a change ASAP! Finally, after Jessica’s encouragement, I made the appointment with Jacqueline Shoemaker at Winchester Weight Loss that forever changed my life! I started the program October 23, 2015. I weighed 215 lbs and had back pains and low energy. After just a few short months I lost 20 lbs then 40 lbs and finally made it to my 50 lb goal!! It was a lot to take-in at first, I had to re-learn how to grocery shop and cook and change my daily routines. I was overwhelmed in the beginning but with weekly visits with Jacqueline I learned the skills to live this new life style. I lost weight but I gained so much more- that I am worth it, that I can do it, that I am beautiful, that I can be comfortable in my body! Jacqueline helped me come out of my shell and took me out of my comfort zone on many occasions and helped me through it and for that I will FOREVER be grateful! I am now 146 lbs, only 6 lbs till my next goal weight. I am honestly the happiest I’ve ever been. My body is not perfect, it never will be and I’m ok with that. I realized that I am more than a number on the scales. I am a strong woman, mother, wife, daughter, friend and I need to accept myself and live life to the fullest and be a positive role model to my daughters. I hope this helps just others realize they too can do this and be happy and healthy and achieve whole body wellness.