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Sandy Mendes from Snohomish, WA
My name is Sandy Mendes and I live in Snohomish, Washington. I work in a hospital. I never used to be able to enjoy anything because I was so self-conscious about my weight. I joined a multitude of gyms and exercise programs and got all the exercise videos. I'd lose 10 lbs. with no problem, but I'd gain back 12. I was on a huge yo-yo and just kept getting bigger every time. I'm so glad that's over' I'm not at all worried it's ever going to happen again. Thanks to Positive Changes, I exceeded my goal of 35 lbs. and lost 67 lbs. in 6 months. I went from a size 18 to a size 6. If I knew then what I know now, I would have paid 5 times as much as I did for my program. It was so easy! I no longer use food as part of my entertainment, gratification or satisfaction. I'm finding those things in other ways. This has been one of the most positive experiences of my life. I'd recommend Positive Changes to anyone.
I was overweight for 15 years, but grossly overweight for 7. I was really embarrassed about my weight. It's difficult to find pictures of me when I was overweight because I avoided them like the plague. I didn't want to go anywhere or do anything because I knew I looked terrible, and therefore I felt terrible about myself. On my days off I wouldn't even get dressed. I'd stay home the entire weekend and watch TV and stuff my face, because I didn't want to go anywhere. I avoided anything that involved any kind of exercise. I absolutely felt out of control. I drank 8-12 cans of pop every day' more on the weekends. It would have taken a miracle for me not to want a cola. I'd binge-eat. If I wanted barbequed chicken wings, I wouldn't just get a box of chicken wings. I'd buy a whole bag of wings and eat every one of them. If I wanted a donut, I just didn't buy a donut. I'd buy a dozen donuts and eat them all.
My cholesterol was through the roof' 300 plus' so my doctor sent me to a nutritionist. I lost 20 lbs. and promptly gained back 25. My cholesterol didn't change at all. I'd buy 12-month memberships at fitness clubs and quit going after the first couple of times because I looked so bad with everything jiggling around. I took over-the-counter diet suppressants. I did a national diet chain, the low-carb diet, and the shakes and bars. Nothing worked. I first heard about Positive Changes when I noticed that my boss and another director at work were both losing weight. I got the information from them and called that day. I figured, 'If it's working for them, it'll work for me. The free evaluation was informative and helped answer a lot of questions before I even asked them. There was no sales pressure, but I signed up right away.
My weight loss seemed effortless, and I noticed changes immediately. I woke up the morning after my first session and realized I didn't even want a pop. I was sold! I still have a case and half of diet cola sitting in my garage, and it doesn't tempt me in the least. I'm absolutely 100% in control. I think of food as what my body needs instead of what my mouth wants. It's not something I crave. I no longer snack or binge, and I drink only water. I buy fresh, whole, alive foods. I love eating good foods, and I eat way less and enjoy it much more. I'm much more active. I have a lot more energy and want to get out and do more. I set my goal at losing 35 lbs. because that seemed like tremendous amount to me. When I reached the 35-lb. mark, I decided, 'Hey, that was so easy, let's get back to a size 8!
I'm way healthier. I went to my doctor, and he was flabbergasted. He wanted to know what I did. My cholesterol and blood pressure have gone way down. I was taking 7 different prescriptions and now I only take one. That saves me money. I feel more physically comfortable. I own a three-story condo, and my bedroom is on the third floor. I used to be so overweight that I could hardly make it up and down the stairs. I had a lot of pain in my knee. Since I've lost the weight, I jog up and down the stairs and have no pain. I just feel so much better!
My son was awestruck by my weight loss. I get a lot of compliments every day. Some people tell me, 'Don't lose any more weight. Everybody's just thrilled. I even find I make better use of my time. I no longer sit around at home. I'm out doing stuff everyday' like shopping. Shopping is cool now because I can shop for normal sizes. Since I'm done losing weight, I'm working on a new wardrobe. That's going to be fun. I bought a swimming suit for the first time in 20 years and I'm going to wear it in Hawaii. I'm wearing shorts. I haven't worn shorts in 15 years, so that's a miracle, honey!
I feel much more calm. Hypnosis helped my stress levels and the way I deal with confrontation. I no longer have anxiety. The biggest problem I had when I was overweight was that I didn't like me. I didn't like the way I looked and I didn't like the way I felt about myself as a person. I didn't have respect for myself, so I was angry and frustrated. I no longer feel that. After I was in the program for two months, people would come to me and say, 'You seem so happy and in control and self-assured. What are you doing? I absolutely, absolutely feel good about myself. I feel good about the way my body feels and the way it functions. I have a lot more self-confidence. I rock! At the same time, I don't feel like I've done that much. I don't have to deprive myself. I just let the process work.
You know what's good about this? It's not a diet. Just being able to say, 'I'm not dieting, takes away a lot of the stress. I can choose to eat or not eat anything I want, and I choose to eat things that are healthy for me. Before my program I felt and looked 87 years old. Now I feel 20 years younger than I am and look at least 10 years younger. I feel like the clock has been turned back. I have a whole new lease on life' this is my second chance and I'm so excited about it. What's the point of life if you're not enjoying it? I'm enjoying life. I know a lot of people who are going to Positive Changes, and I don't know anybody who it's not working for. I feel so good about this process that I'm encouraging everyone to go to Positive Changes. If I had a loudspeaker, I'd stand up on the skyscrapers and tell everybody to try this.
Positive Changes is one of the smartest investments I've made my entire life. It was definitely, absolutely worth the cost. Hypnosis is safe' I can hardly wait to go to my sessions because it's so relaxing. The most important benefit I received from Positive Changes, though, is self-control. It's not just about the weight. It's about the way I feel about myself. It's about my reduced stress level. It's about the way I feel about life. Positive Changes has given me a new perspective. I'm absolutely satisfied with my results. It's been 100 times greater than my expectations, and I'm 100% confident that this is a change for life. The quality of my life has been changed in such a profound way. It scares me to think where I might be right now if I hadn't gone. If I were given the opportunity to do this again, I'd take it in a heartbeat' in a heartbeat!
* By following our program, our clients lost more than 4 lbs. on average in their first 3 weeks.
Results from a study commissioned by Positive Changes and performed by researchers at The Ohio State University.
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