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Keith


I woke up one morning in the winter of 2006 and stepped on the scale we received as a Christmas present and it hovered around 200 pounds, more than I have ever weighed before. At that moment I decided that I had to do something. At the same time we had been discussing implementing a health awareness program at work. We contacted the folks at BLI and explained what we were trying to do and accomplish and we began their weight loss program within one month. As the President of the company I felt that if this program was going to be a success I had to take the lead in its promotion and had to personally commit myself to this program. We kicked off the program and I went at it with a determination/obsession like I have never had before (I had never been on any type of diet program or tried to lose weight before).

Concurrent to the BLI program I began to work out at an exercise facility (never worked out before this). Throughout the entire BLI program I was never hungry. I followed the program to a tee, never cheated and the weight just came off by the pounds. I began to feel more alert at work and at home. Simple tasks became easier, I had more energy and I began to feel good about myself and the changes my body was making. I looked forward each week to our "weigh ins" as I wanted to lose weight each and every week of the program, which I did. At the end of the program I was down to 172 pounds, lost 4 inches in my waist and shed about 25 pounds.

It has now been exactly one year since the end of the BLI program and I weight around 176 pounds and feel great. What did I learn during the BLI program: 1. Eating is all about portions. 2. Exercise is important. 3. Fast food is bad for you. (I haven't eaten at a fast food restaurant in 15 months, whereas before this program I was eating at fast food restaurants about 3-4 times a week) 4. Eat healthier foods. 5. You can eat the occasional brownie, cookie, ice cream or even have a beer but the key is occasional and in smaller portions. 6. Weight loss is easy as long as you are committed and have encouragement. 7. Healthy foods taste good and in fact taste better than unhealthy foods. 8. You don't have to starve yourself to lose weight. 9. Watching your weight is important, if you see yourself gaining a few pounds then use the lessons learned during the program for a few days, maybe one week and the pounds will go off and you will return to the weight you feel comfortable with. 10. The program was easy and fun.

The BLI program and all the folks associated with it are wonderful to work with. Their encouragement and enthusiasm is second to none and they take great joy in seeing each and everyone in the program succeed.

Keith
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Cyndi


I was introduced to the BLI staff at an employer meeting through our Employee Assistance Program. Personally, I was feeling heavy and tired so my desire to "lighten up" was reinforced by the presentation on life style changes. I was impressed with the approachability of the BLI staff, their presentation and the simplified program. I felt that I had a responsibility as an employer to encourage health maintenance and healthy habits, so I requested BLI to come and speak to our labor force of 60 people.

The meeting was scheduled for about a month ahead so I had time to try the 30 Day Plan myself and lead by example. I thought that the first step, the 48 hour cleansing period, would be the biggest obstacle for me because I was already an extremely healthy eater. I have to admit that I did "substitute" my proteins on those first two days. But I was successful and lost 5 pounds in two days. However, my greatest success was actually changing my eating habits. Like I said, I always have been a healthy eater; big on fresh fruits and veggies, more fish and poultry than red meat, and not a sweets lover. My problem was volume, yes, portion size and inactivity. As I gradually started eating again on day three I found I wasn't really "hungry" and I could easily survive on the dietary instructions suggested. I felt more energetic and was excited about the impeding changes. I wanted to exercise more and found satisfaction in my new daily routine. I was learning what it was I was eating and for the first time I understood that you are what you eat!

After my first eight days I had lost 11 pounds. As I maintained my new habits, the weight continued to fall off and I felt confident that I could be a positive example of what this program can help each individual attain. BLI presented the program to our work force and we now have on staff three marathon runners and another half dozen individuals who are making a conscious effort to change their life style habits.

After six months on the program I have lost 23 pounds and hit a plateau. My goal is to lose another two pounds and then I will be below the 130 mark and feeling quite content with my accomplishment. The 30 Day Plan offers a format that made my goals within reach. Too often we set ourselves up for failure by setting goals beyond what is reasonable. This Plan is friendly, easy and satisfying. I am still tempted sometimes to over indulge (and sometimes I do) but I never lose sight of the progress I have made and the satisfaction I feel when I take control of my health habits. I plan to incorporate the 30 Day Plan into my schedule at least twice a year. The next step in this program for me is to help guide my family through some lifestyle changes. The ones that I can control will be the type and quantity of food consumed at home. More frequent healthy snacks will help them fight the hunger bug and feel better for it!

I must congratulate the BLI staff on their sincere desire to see us all succeed and maintain a healthy balance in our life. They have put together a great program that is easy for any one to use and promotes success. And I love their web page; it offers great support and is full of information that I can pass on to our work force.

Cyndi
Caledonia, Michigan

Melanie


I'm a chocoholic or chocolate junkie. My Mum used to stop in Woolworths every day on her way home from work and buy me 1/4 lb of chocolate covered peanuts and raisins. I would watch out for her and have her cup of tea ready when she walked in the door. I then promptly unloaded her shopping bag and devoured my treat. HEAVEN!! Due to all the walking I had to do living in that English culture, I never had a weight problem. However, as I approached my forties, middle age caught up with me and I started packing on the pounds. I could easily eat a whole bar of chocolate myself and another one if it was available — just couldn't stop myself. I had even been diagnosed with Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS) and learned that foods with a high fat content severely aggravated my condition — still chocolate got the better of me.

I tried all the conventional diets and a few unconventional ones I would lose a few pounds, come off the diet and promptly gain it back! I lost 7 lbs before the holidays in 2002. However, Christmas came around and all those chocolate treats were everywhere — I just couldn't help myself — and wound up gaining it all back.

Then in February 2003, after 5 years of being 20-25 lbs overweight, I'd finally had enough. Being overweight made me feel bad about myself, depressed, and I had to change that. I started on the 30 Day Weight Loss Plan. I knew it was simple and easy to follow — something a busy single Mom with a hectic schedule could handle. I stuck with it and every day had its challenges but it got easier. At the end of 30 days, I had lost 8 pounds and was very happy. Then came the return to normal life with some interesting surprises. I realized I had learned a few tricks along the 30 Day Path — I learned how to make better choices, how to recognize portion sizes, and the weight I lost gave me the will power to resist my weakness. By the end of June 2003, I had lost 14 lbs and by the end of October I had lost 20 pounds, and finally after using the tools I learned for one year, I had lost a total of 33 pounds. That translated into 7 inches off my hips and 5 inches off my waist.

There is no getting around it, weight loss is a simple equation: eat less; exercise more. I am not an exercise buff. You don't have to go to the gym faithfully to lose weight but you do have to move your body! I get my exercise by walking my dog. Even when I really don't want to go out, he let's me know that he really needs a walk and he's just so cute that his begging gets me every time. Then once we are out, I find that I really enjoy it. Also, after I lost the first 14 pounds, I found the confidence to start taking ballroom dancing lessons and got totally hooked. It was at one such lesson in the autumn of 2003 that I met a wonderful man who swept me off my feet! We started dating and after raising my daughter alone since she was born and many years of being single and lonely, I got married in September, 2005. So many wonderful things have happened to me since I finally did something about my weight problem that would not have transpired if I was still heavy because I just would not go out and do anything.

I do a refresher course of the 30 Day Plan a couple of times a year. It is a great program and each time I do it, I learn something new. Some of the tips and tricks I learned along the path, I still use today. That is, not having any food or snacks out on the kitchen counter — out of sight-out of mind, and brushing my teeth much earlier than bedtime — helps to stop you eating again after dinner. I no longer over-eat to the point where you feel you have stuffed every square inch of your digestive system! Portion control helped me with that. Also, there is nothing like the feeling of being able to wear those clothes I kept in my closet because I kept telling myself that one day I would lose the weight. Now that day is here and it is exhilarating to feel slim again. I have no problem going through my closet and donating my "fat girl" clothes!

My Mother died of cancer when I was 16 — she was only 44 years old. She never lived to see me grow up and have a family of my own. She spent much of her adult life fighting a weight problem. My Father also had a weight problem most of his adult life and is a 3-time cancer survivor, not to mention 2 heart attacks and 3 hip replacements! Research has proven that being overweight is a pre-cursor to many different kinds of cancer. I want to live long enough to see my daughter get married and have children and then see my grandchildren grow up. I also want to live a healthy, quality life, not one plagued by illness. Being overweight pre-disposes us to so many health issues.

Weight loss isn't easy, but it is achievable. If I can do it, you can too. No other diet helped me maintain the weight loss like this one has. I have confidence that I can go forward and not gain back the weight and that feels really good. More important, I am really happy with the way I look today, I have re-gained my self-confidence and can now do all those things I shied away from when I was overweight. I am a new woman with a wonderful husband and it is so rewarding to have someone to share my life with.

Melanie
Rockford, Michigan

Martin


At age 30 I gave up playing the game of soccer, that I had loved and played, sometimes two or three times a week in addition to training, since I was five. I was the weight I had been at age fourteen — 155 lbs!

My weight gradually increased, slowly at first while we lived in Southern California, and outdoor activities were year round pastimes, but ever faster in the last ten years here in Michigan, where you have thoughts like "Should I go out where it's ten below freezing and do something? No, I'll just stay in and eat something." At first I could work off the winter excesses with walking on the golf course several times a week. Michigan Summers are special, being light until 10pm. But eventually my summer weight was in the 190's and I had just celebrated (?) my 49th birthday. Was I going to be perpetually overweight in my middle years, continuing to buy larger and larger pants?

I decided not and turned to our 30 Days to A Better Life program. I have to admit the two-day "fast" scared me. I like to eat and I am good at it. But I managed it and lost five pounds the first day. However, I was brought back to earth the next day, it was virtually all back. I was very tempted to quit right there. But I persevered and my weight began to fall gradually. I am on day twenty-two and down 16 lbs and now I wish I hadn't given away all my 34 inch pants to Goodwill. I am still walking those six miles on a very hilly golf course at least twice a week, and even though I wasn't struggling with it before, I am surprised to find it is getting easier.

Martin
Ada, Michigan

Carol

"Priority Health Employees would like to thank Better Life Institute for presenting to us the new 30 Day Plan. I have received numerous calls from employees that have purchased the kit. Employees are talking about how easy the 30 Day Plan kit helped them to jump start their weight loss in just a couple of days and that's what helped them to stay motivated and continue with the program.

I've seen tremendous weight loss and I know after the holidays I plan on doing the 30 Day Plan kit just to lose 20lbs and then maintain before Spring. The kit is easy to read and follow, which is all I need."

Carol
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Anonymous

On January 1, 2005, I took stock of my wellness and decided I was as heavy as I would ever let myself become. At the time, I weighed 263 pounds. Although the weight was spread fairly evenly over my 6'4" frame, I wasn't happy about what I'd let myself become. As a result, I started exercising and reducing my food intake. Later in the spring, I had my first medical physical in several years. Although everything was okay, my Doctor mentioned I could lose "a few pounds". I told him that was an understatement, to which he shared the fact that 13 years ago, when I first saw him, I had weighed 208 lbs. That meant in the time since I had first become his patient I had put on an average of just over four pounds a year. By my math, that means I was averaging 40 extra calories a day over that 13 year period. It's amazing how small excesses over time turn into big problems.

From January through June, I lost 18 pounds before plateauing at 245 lbs. In mid-July, I came upon your 30-day program and my wife & I decided to try it. I lost 12 pounds on the program and my wife lost 11 pounds. We still regularly use bars and shakes as part of our daily diet. I've found that the snacks and water stabilize my appetite, and the bars and shakes are quick and easy.

The parts of the program design that I found most useful are the behavioral parts. Having a card for each day is a brilliant idea. It helps to reinforce the effort. Each card essentially becomes a "mini-goal" sheet. I took my cards to work on work days and placed them next to my computer. The Introduction, including the discussion about the eating chain, was also helpful. The flexibility of the program -- providing sound guidelines but not endorsing or "selling" a particular product -- was also appreciated.

Today, I weight 232 lbs., down 31 pounds from the beginning of the year. I actually feel lighter when I walk down the office hallway! Some of my clothes are now too big on me. I don't crave sweets, and I have developed significant willpower. My commitment to, and success with, the 30-day program has spilled over into other areas of my life. I am managing time at work better, and have committed to improving how I handle some work processes and projects.

I expect to have a total of 40 pounds off by the end of the year, and to reach 210 lbs. (53 lbs lost) by June 30, 2006. I plan to repeat the 30-day program in October. I also plan to share my success with our wellness committee at work.

Anonymous

"I've lost 15 lbs, at least 14 inches over all my body and I'm wearing 1 to 2 sizes smaller in clothes — I'm still working at it — the weight loss is slow now, but I feel better — and I'm still exercising about 3 times per week. Thanks for the new lease on life."

Anonymous

"My spouse and I finished out 30 days yesterday. He lost 16 [pounds] and I lost 10 pounds. We stayed with the eating plan faithfully. I know I would do better with exercising if we had a class going on. Working together as a couple was great for us. We plan to continue until we reach our goals."

Anonymous

"I am trying to add some element of exercise each day in a more purposeful way — even if it is just lifting weights for 5 minutes, doing abs crunches 2x day, or walking during lunch. Some days I am able to exercise more aerobically and for longer, but at least my awareness level is up. Same with food — my awareness level is up as to portions size and if I really am hungry or just feel like eating."

Anonymous

"I was very happy with the program as well as the results: pounds and inches lost; an increase in understanding gained as to — how to maintain a healthier lifestyle both in terms of nutrition and exercise... I had no trouble staying with the program."

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