Pounds Changed My Life Forever Weight Loss Success Story
eDiets - The online diet, fitness, and healthy living resourceJoining
the world's number one online weight loss program: $10 a month. Having a baby
as a direct result of your weight loss success: priceless.
But that's the sensational chain of events
that has occurred since Washington lobbyist Betsy Jaffe linked up with
two and a half years ago. Betsy was overweight and in search of healthy
recipes. She was also embarrassed and unable to conceive. Our featured dieter
found a lot more than just good food and a great way to drop a few pounds.
Betsy, who fellow eDieters know as
BETSYJAFFE, now says her problems could be traced back to the weight she piled
on over the last six or seven years. Before her recent weight woes the
32-year-old eDieter had never carried much more than 110 pounds on her petite
53" frame. That changed after the death of her father when Betsy turned
to food for comfort. Emotional eating upped her weight to 200 pounds. Betsy
could no longer rely on her metabolism to get her through.
Upon seeing a banner ad for
during an internet surf, she joined immediately. Today, Betsy is 60 pounds
lighter (her scale now reads 140 pounds) and the proud mom of 9-month-old Maya.
Betsy calls her bundle of joy her "eDiets Baby." Betsy also boasts of the
companionship she's found in the
community. She and her online friends have since met several times in
We'd have to say a miracle baby and a bunch
of new pals are great perks for a mere $10 a month.
The push that
brought Betsy to
The day she tired of squeezing into size-16 clothing.
Working in public relations, image is
important, she tells
I felt very out of step with my colleagues.
Betsy knew her bad eating habits were
partially to blame. She traveled frequently and that meant dining out on a
regular basis. Instead of making smart choices and practicing portion control,
Betsy says she sampled the specialty of wherever she happened to be. It didn't
help that she always finished what was on her plate. When she was at home, she
enjoyed cooking, but most of her specialties were heavy on the fat content.
She looked to
for help in changing her eating ways. From the get-go, she knew the plan would
fit her lifestyle. Working 80 to 90 hours a week left her little time for
meetings at a brick-and-mortar weight loss program like Weight Watchers. She
needed a plan that would work with her... and for her.
On one hand, I liked to cook and was
always looking for new recipes. On the other hand, when Im at the office
or on the road, I need to have access to quick, easy meals, says Betsy,
who got the best of both worlds on the
combination meal plan (frozen entrees AND recipes).
Perhaps the biggest change for Betsy was implementing an exercise regimen. She
couldn't walk one block when she started her
plan. A year later, Betsy completed a 60-mile charity walk to raise money for
breast cancer research. These days, the slimming superwoman balances her
routine between aerobic exercise and strength training. She walks on the
treadmill. She does exercise videos. She does intervals, which involves running
for a few minutes then walking for a few minutes.
Despite a hectic work schedule, Betsy
always makes time for physical fitness. Even if it's only a lunchtime walk, she
works in exercise six days a week. The little things add up, says Betsy who
most always parks further away from work or a store and takes the stairs
instead of the elevator.
Its also the little things that have
helped Betsy conceive. Doctors initially thought she had Polycystic Ovarian
Syndrome (PCOS), a syndrome considered one of the leading causes of
infertility. But after dropping 50 pounds with
Betsy was finally able to get pregnant.
Throughout her pregnancy, Betsy continued
membership for the support. She says the baby weight melted away after birth,
enabling her to pick up where her diet had left off.
When she joined
Betsy figured the bulletin boards were a perk she wouldnt want or need.
But after perusing Support Central a few times, she was hooked on the feel-good
I started roaming around the support
boards and I was intrigued by what I saw. I thought I was the only person in my
position. There was a whole world of people out there with the same problems as
Since her first post more than two years
ago, Betsy has become one of the most active members in the
community. Not that long ago, she served as moderator of The Ultimate Challenge
bulletin board. She has also served as a mentor for new eDieters and she even
won a "SAD challenge" earlier this year. Betsy
insists its the camaraderie with fellow eDieters that has helped her stay
the course. Not only did she attend the
conference in 2001, but she is getting ready to attend a spa trip out west with
her inner circle of
Its so easy to get off track
when youre trying to lose weight," she says. "Its like juggling a
lot of balls. The more help you can get, the more likely you are to stay with
it... not just in the short term, but for life.