tinaName: Tina Norman
Age:40

Tell us why you chose to come to Simple Body?
I knew several people who did the program and did very well on it

How would you describe your weight gain? Was it gradual or a result of a particular incident?
I was always skinny, then in 2011 I had my Gallbladder removed and could finally eat whatever I wanted. I told myself I deserved it after being so uncomfortable for years. Gradually over 3 years I started to put on weight and ended up being 50 lbs heavier.

What were the challenges you faced in starting our diet? How did you overcome them?
I started in November and everyone thought I was crazy to begin such a strict routine before the holidays, I thought I was the smart one, while everyone else was putting on 5 lbs of Christmas weight I was losing and felt better about myself.
I loved chocolate bars so this was my challenge I quickly found the IP almond bar and enjoyed my restricted treat each day while thinking this has to be wrong how could something so good not be bad for me!!

FullSizeRenderAs you moved through the diet, how did you feel? What were some of the good points and what were some of the bad points?
After the first week I started to feel great, more energetic, more rested and less cranky!
I loved the strict routine. I loved that I knew exactly what I had to eat each day, no calorie counting on this diet it’s all done for you!
The hardest part was not being able to have a Latte.
What goals or achievements did you reach as you lost weight? Why were they significant (ie. Got back into your wedding dress, reached a goal weight)
I set a goal to lose 50 lbs and did that in 6 months!
I wanted to be back into a size 10 and medium shirts… I now wear a size 6-8 and medium shirts!!
I wanted to see my collarbones again and to cross my legs with ease, now I can cross my legs and tuck one behind the other!

IMG_2945If someone was considering this diet what would you tell them?
Do it!! It’s the easiest thing in the world to do if you are in control. You cannot cheat you need to be focused and remember you are doing this because you are upset with the way you look at the moment…getting healthy should be your number one goal.

How are you doing now? Are you keeping your weight off? How do you feel?
I’m doing great since ending the diet. I love my new look. There are days that I stress about being off the plan but remind myself that this is a lifestyle change and that I allowed myself to get 50lbs overweight therefore I can control keeping it off while still enjoying healthy choices.