Tell us a little bit about yourself?
[Cheryl] – My name is Cheryl, I’m a bus driver. I’ve been doing that for 24 years. And I’ve pretty much been overweight since I had my first child, so that’s over 30 years ago.
What was it like for you to feel overweight?
[Cheryl] – Well, it’s been a constant battle for me. I’ve always said, oh, don’t get any bigger, ’cause then you won’t be able to shop in the regular stores, and well that– So it’s just always depressing when you’re overweight you gotta shop for big clothes, they’re more expensive for one thing but yeah, it was very depressing for me, so I went through a lot.
How did you hear about the Healthy Transformations program?
[Cheryl] – From my best friends, from Sandy, she actually works for Dr. Breen and she’s the one that actually told me about it.
What made you join the Healthy Transformations program?
[Cheryl] – Well I knew about it for about three years, and then Sandy and Shayne joined in the second year. And I just noticed the transformation in them and just, I couldn’t believe my eyes, like just the amount of weight they both lost and how healthy they felt, and I’m like, oh wow, I gotta do that. And I did. Didn’t matter how much it was gonna cost, come hell or high water I was gonna do it because I needed to change me. It was worth every penny.
What kind of results did you notice?
[Cheryl] – Oh jeepers, quite a few things. First and foremost was the weight started dropping. And then I was able to walk longer and now I can run upstairs, I could never ever do that. I could bend over, tie my shoes, that was always a difficult thing to do because this was always in the way. Right, and just more energy, and I can think clearer, I think too, and happier, definitely happier, for sure, yeah.
How much weight did you lose?
[Cheryl] – So far, 65 pounds and still have about 20 more to go to get to where I want to be.
What did you love about the Healthy Transformations program?
[Cheryl] – Well the meetings were absolutely key for me, they taught me a lot about food. What goes in your body and what it does to your body and when you taught me how to get rid of the inflammation when we did that first part, the detoxing, that was crazy and then not having the sugar, like all of that combined was so much to take in at first but then it all came together as we went to class ’cause we’re all accountable, and I went, didn’t miss a class I think, only except when I went to Australia. But anyway, yeah, just learning about food and what it does to your body and how much other kinds of foods that you can eat that are so much better for you. And so that for me was a good thing. So now I don’t have the chips and the junk food and I don’t have any of that in my house anymore.
Doesn’t that make you also feel so confident?
[Cheryl] – It does, and you know what, I can still bake cookies and whatnot and I still don’t eat them. So it’s pretty good.
What was the hardest part?
[Cheryl]- The hardest part, I don’t know, I was so focused, I just wanted to lose the weight for me, so I just put it in my mind that this is what you gotta do, and there’s no ifs, ands or buts, there’s no changing and no going back. So it really wasn’t hard because once I put my mind there, that was it. So for me I was just really focused.
What did you think of the facilitators?
[Cheryl] – Dr. Breen is a genius! Very very smart, intellectual, just goes in and delves into everything and reads everything and then he gets back to you on that. And of course there’s yourself who’s wonderful and funny and attentive, and yeah, insightful. That’s what I meant. Insightful, yeah.
What would you say to someone who is thinking of joining?
[Cheryl] – Well I’ve actually talked to a few people about it and yes, money is an issue and that’s one of the reasons why I didn’t really do it the year prior ’cause I kinda had to save up some money. But it’s, I mean, you don’t wanna be this way for the rest of your life, you don’t wanna grow old, and then end up in a wheelchair or with a walker, you want your last years to be healthy. And to me, it was a no-brainer. Doesn’t matter how much it’s gonna cost ya, your life, it’s the only one you have. You need to be healthy. And for anyone who’s really thinking about it, just do it. Like Nike says, just do it. Do it.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
[Cheryl] – Just that it’s a fantastic, HT has just been absolutely wonderful. Great experience and I recommend anybody thinking of doing it, just do it.