Throughout her early 20s, college life sent Tara down a path of inactivity and unhealthy eating habits. Afterwards, as an employee for the city of Westerville and a part-time manager at the community dance studio, Tara found herself not following her life's motto to "choose happy." After failing to keep up with the active lifestyle she once had through childhood competitive dance, she realized her weight had hit an all-time high. She was discouraged and embarrassed after not participating in her studio's annual recital because she felt she was too overweight to dance. After trying numerous diets, her family doctor referred her to the OPTIFAST® Program. Through actively participating in the program, Tara lost 54 pounds and learned to improve her lifestyle†. She was able to dance at the most recent recital and take back control of her life!
Having to commute three hours a day for a teaching job left Emily passing the time by eating on the road. When she became overweight and could no longer fit into large clothing sizes, Emily believed she was too far gone and thought surgery was her only way out. When she agreed to attend an OPTIFAST® informational meeting with her parents, she thought it could be a great first step before a surgery. The OPTIFAST® Program helped Emily change her lifestyle and achieve her weight goals. Today, Emily continues to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle through her roles as a health coach and in the Missouri National Guard. Emily has also completed four Tough Mudder races, a series of hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle races.
A hard working husband and stepfather, Jeff had been surrounded by the constant temptations of food and poor eating habits for years. In January of 2016 when his on-the-go lifestyle started to show on the scale, Jeff and his wife Lisa decided it was time for a change and joined the OPTIFAST® Program together. As a result of Jeff's active participation in the program, he had lost approximately 95 pounds and had helped support Lisa as she lost approximately 54 pounds while actively participating in the program†.
Following Jeff's personal success with the OPTIFAST® Program, Jeff strives to maintain his goal of living a better lifestyle by seeking out better food options. As a result of his weight loss, Jeff experienced improvements in his blood pressure and cholesterol levels†. The couple hopes to participate in a marathon at Disneyland one day, as it is their favorite place to visit together.