Ann Marie Lost 24 lbs in her 70s and can play with her grandkid again
MOLECULAR & CELL BIOLOGY, UC BERKELEY
April 17, 2023
Ann Marie Went From Hopeless to Joyful - She Lost 24 Lbs Thanks To The Support Of An Online Weight Loss Coach
Knowing how to eat is the fastest and most sustainable path to weight loss
Ann Marie, age 69, 5’6”, dropped 24lbs and is now able to do all of the things she wants to do in life thanks to following my weight loss framework, eating foods she loves, and adding a little spice!
Young at heart but physically feeling her age, 70-year-old Ann Marie grew increasingly discouraged by her weight and the limitations that came with the added pounds. Simple daily routines that she used to take for granted were now struggles that prevented her from living a full life.
Every day she would wake up “exhausted, feeling as if a truck ran over me during the night.” Then came the daily headache, followed by feelings of hopelessness and despair. She was secretly terrified of the direction her health had taken, but even more embarrassed to tell anyone about her private worries or ask for help.
She had been slim most of her life, but at age 48 when she started perimenopause, the weight just started creeping on. Now she was crippled by shame - avoiding social events to stay hidden away in her home. There was no way she could let other people - especially the ones who had always known her as slender in the past - see that her weight was out of control.
“What's happened on the scale has given me tremendous hope. With every pound I lose, this is a shame-breaker.”
Standing up from a chair seemed like a chore, so playing with her beautiful grandchildren on the sunny, sandy beaches of Florida when they came to visit each winter was out of the question. The life she had dreamed of was slipping away and becoming a nightmare she couldn’t wake up from.
“I've never had a mentor for weight, guidance on what to eat, what not to eat, when to eat, and when not to eat”
And it wasn’t that she hadn’t tried.
Her preexisting health issues had already forced her to reduce the amount of food she was eating and she had successfully purged all processed foods from her home, but even as she ate less and altered her diet, when she stopped restricting she always gained the weight back.
At her lowest point, the fear of not living a long, prosperous life with her husband, daughter, and grandchildren was becoming a reality.
Fed up and desperate, Ann Marie knew she needed help. She could no longer keep her shame around her health and weight a secret. Ann Marie made a commitment to herself and signed up for my 8-Week Slim Down Jumpstart program.
“I HAD TO WIPE MY EYES WHEN I FIRST WEIGHED MYSELF. I COULDN’T BELIEVE I WAS ACTUALLY LOSING WEIGHT!”
Through my experience as an online weight loss coach, I was able to quickly filter through the negative feelings and identify so many positive traits that would be her greatest assets in the coming weeks. After our first meeting, there was no doubt that Ann Marie would not only deliver results but crush her wildest expectations.
ANN MARIE’S GOALS
When Ann Marie first signed up, she wasn’t quite sure what she needed. After all, she had never worked with an online weight loss coach before. She just knew she wanted results, and to not live her life in fear anymore. “I want to learn how to eat for the rest of my life, I am scared into this by the way my body feels & I hope losing weight will give me better overall health” she explained.
Ann Marie had the will, she just needed support, guidance, and an easy way to eat healthy every day from a professional who was truly invested in her health and happiness.
“The difference is that you became a friend to come along beside me that was there to support me and put together everything I had ever learned in one doable plan”
She wanted to learn how to:
- Connect the dots and be able to apply all the knowledge she had obtained about her health and metabolism through the years.
- Crave sustainable, flavorful recipes so she could transition from a diet to a lifestyle.
- Take control of her weight and health so she could stop living a life of fear.
“THE REAL CELEBRATION HERE IS THAT I WAS TRYING SO HARD BEFORE UNSUCCESSFULLY, AND YOU CONNECTING THE DOTS, SHOWED ME WHAT I REALLY NEEDED. THAT’S THE CELEBRATION!”
ANN MARIE’S WEIGHT LOSS TRANSFORMATION RESULTS
“YOUR WEEKLY CHECK-INS WERE VERY HELPFUL AND FANTASTIC. I’M GLAD I GET TO KEEP THEM, REFER TO THEM, AND LISTEN AGAIN.”
In just 8 weeks, Ann Marie, age 69 and 5’6” tall exceeded all expectations!
- She dropped 18.5 pounds.
- She shed 4” from her waist.
- She melted away 3.5” in her bust.
And she continues to lose, even after the eight-week program! Two weeks later, Ann Marie went to the doctor’s office, and, Ann Marie had lost a total of 24 pounds - and the weight was still melting off!
As impressive as the numbers are, signing up for this program was never about that for Ann Marie. Once lost, hopeless, and depressed, Ann Marie has gained back the joy of her family, rediscovered her purpose, and gained a healthy lifestyle for a prosperous future.
“TAKING ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH THE PROGRAM HAS TAUGHT ME THAT I CAN DO THIS ON MY OWN.”
ANN MARIE FELT LIKE SHE HAD TRIED EVERYTHING TO LOSE WEIGHT FOR GOOD
- Ann Marie’s situation was so dire that the sacrifices she would have to make for this program seemed minimal in comparison. In her mind, she had no choice but to succeed. For years she had tried to apply the knowledge she gained, but always fell short. She knew understanding her metabolism was the only way to efficiently shed the pounds but needed an online weight loss coach’s expertise to create a comprehensive plan.Ann Marie stepped out of her comfort zone by adding spicy foods to her palate. Breakfast became her favorite meal once she discovered my unique and flavorful smoothie recipes. “It helped being able to text a question to you. You are so present with me.”
"THE BIGGER BLESSING IS THAT I INCREASINGLY FEEL LESS EMBARRASSED OF BEING AROUND PEOPLE BECAUSE OF SHAME. I USED TO WANT TO STAY HOME AND NOT GO OUT.”
- During each check-in, Ann Marie grew more knowledgeable, highlighting key terms like self-awareness, accountability, and focus. I was proud watching her lifestyle evolve into health and happiness. Once a person to avoid the camera, she was now proudly having her daughter take pictures to send me updates!
Ann Marie wanted the change, had the “why”, and found her way. Though I provided guidance and support, Ann Marie’s positivity and hope for the future drove her extraordinary results.
“THIS ISN’T A DIET. IT’S THE REST OF MY LIFE.”
LET ANN MARIE’S INSPIRATIONAL STORY BECOME YOURS
Most of my clients come to me feeling like Ann Marie – broken. They’ve tried every diet and take it personally when results don’t come quickly or at all. What most women don’t know is that it’s not their fault and they’re not alone.
So many times, the resolution is bigger than themselves, and seeking outside help is the best way to resolve their challenges.
As a virtual weight loss coach, but more importantly, a woman who once juggled the same issues, I can see the big picture while my clients tend to get caught up in the details. By making the commitment to my 8-Week Slim Down Jumpstart program, you are making the choice to be an advocate for yourself, your health, and your future. Though Ann Marie has completed my program, she will always hold a place in my heart as one of the most memorable clients and success stories I have had.
Book a call with me to start living the rest of your life in the body in the body you’ve always deserved.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nagina Abdullah is a health coach for middle-aged women and professionals. She coaches women to boost their metabolism naturally, shed pounds and keep them off. Her work with weight loss clients led to the creation of Masala Body, an online weight loss platform that provides an easy and accessible system that helps women sustainably lose weight. She has helped over 1200 women successfully lose from 10-80 lbs and create a sustainable lifestyle change. Nagina earned her degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. Read More…