Vet Flying High After Losing 40 Pounds
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after saying goodbye to the Air Force, Donna Buechler continued to work toward
maintaining her "fighting weight." It was a battle the retired nurse soon found
herself losing. My goal was never to get below Air Force standards both in
terms of weight and body fat, the 56-year-old tells eDiets from her Illinois
home. Unfortunately, thats exactly what happened. Donna's weight skyrocketed to
190 pounds -- it was far more baggage than her 59" frame was used to carrying.
It wasnt like she hadnt put
some effort into shedding the extra pounds. Donna, also known as eDieter
DBUECHLER, had been dieting since turning the big 4-0. When two decades crawled
by with little success Donna enlisted with a proven winner, eDiets.com. The
other diets had worked temporarily, but each time she gained back everything
she lost... plus more. The retired combat nurse was desperate for something to
nurse her back to good health.
Not only was she depressed and discouraged, but she
also lived in constant fear that her weight would continue to soar. Her
concerns heightened when she went on antidepressants and hormone replacement
therapy, both of which boast weight gain as a common side effect.
When Donna saw an ad for eDiets, she vowed
this would be the last weight loss plan she would ever try. This past March,
she said goodbye to those fly-by-night fad diets and hooked up with the real
deal: a diet grounded in common sense... a diet costing a mere $10 a month.
Seven months after becoming a member of the
leading online weight loss program determined Donna is 40 pounds lighter and
proud to be a veteran fly girl.
Now I am below Air Force standards
and now I can get back in my Class A (service dress) uniform which I am very
proud of," she raves.
Before, I wouldnt even wear it
when I could squeeze into it. I wouldnt wear it because I didnt
want to embarrass the uniform or the Air Force. Now I wouldnt be an
embarrassment to them.
Donna currently works as a counselor team
leader at a veteran center and is working towards a Ph.D. in psychology. She
says years of avoiding certain food groups and following fad diets had left a
bad taste in her mouth. She wanted a program that made sense. She also wanted
something that was convenient.
Thats what I like about eDiets.
There are no foods that have to be avoided," she says. "Everything has calories
listed so its easy to keep track of. Its a convenient way to eat
healthy and it makes sense.
Being overweight had been a real downer for
Donna who enjoys skiing and rock climbing. Those activities were put on the
backburner as her weight inched closer and closer to the 200-pound mark.
Although she walked two miles, four times a week, it wasnt enough to
whittle her waistline.
Instead of putting her exercise equipment
and scale to good use, she avoided them like the plague. My, how times have
changed. Donna now awakens, rushes downstairs, takes off her clothes, gets on
the scale and weighs in. Then she slips into her workout wear and gets to
These days she works out six days a week
walking, riding her stationary bike or doing floor exercises. One of her
biggest motivators has been the encouragement from her fellow eDieters on the
50(ish) & Fit support boards (especially the Grand Canyon Hike threads).
When she first joined eDiets, Donna never
expected to find friendship and motivation from a computer-driven program.
I wouldnt know any of these
people I've met online if they walked in the door," she says. "But they are
some of the most incredible people in the world. Sometimes I do the exercises
and walk because I dont want to have to tell them I did nothing today.
They have a real place in my heart. They are a neat, neat group.
Im not the kind of person that
uses support groups so Im astounded at how important these people have
become to me.
The strength shes gotten from her
fellow dieters has helped her lick her weakness for sweets, especially anything
chocolate. But one of the greatest tools she has in her pocket is
self-discipline -- it has helped her stay on track.
I feel wonderful," Donna notes. "We
have lots of animals and we buy these big bags of food that weigh like 50 or 60
pounds. I can flip one of those bags over my shoulder and carry it in where I
couldnt do that before. I bend over and tie my shoes without having to
take deep breaths. Before I couldnt breathe when I was down there. But
now I feel on top of the world.
The old Donna -- the in-shape gal who could zip
around on her motorcycle or go rock climbing without a second thought -- is
finally back. Shes ready to take on more challenges and maintain the healthy
lifestyle shes adopted seven months ago. Having overcome many obstacles,
determined Donna says theres no doubt it can be done.
Dont ever let anybody tell you
that because you are on hormones or antidepressants you cant lose
weight," she says. "Its not true because you can lose weight.
Take it from this super slimmer who
continues to fly high with eDiets. Shes been there, done that and has the
40-pound loss to prove it.