Name: Melanie S.
Location: Sequim, Washington
Was: 170 pounds
Lost: 41 pounds* and four pant sizes*
As Of: June 2010
Name: Melanie S.
Washington Woman Skyrockets Her Energy and Feels On Top of the World
While seated at the salon for a haircut, Melanie intently listened to her hairstylist’s weight-loss success story. Using Isagenix® products, her stylist, Shelley, dropped 31 pounds, got fit, and went on to win the 2008 IsaBody Challenge® in her category. At 170 pounds, Melanie was seeking a way to lose weight and boost her energy, but was hesitant to try Isagenix.
“It’s funny…I listened to Shelley’s success using Isagenix and thought, ‘That just couldn’t be me.’ What if I started, but couldn’t do it?” admits Melanie. “ I guess I just needed to be ready to change my life.”
In an attempt to do something about her excess weight and low energy, Melanie began cutting calories and exercising. However, the effort didn’t achieve her desired results. She lost minimal weight over many months and still felt lethargic.
Then, something in her switched on in her head “like a light bulb.” Melanie recalled Shelley’s success with Isagenix and finally felt ready. She decided to overcome her fear, and step out and do it.
One voice mail to Shelley and a few days later, she took the plunge and began her self-described “mind-blowing results” using Isagenix products. Melanie watched as the pounds began to drop, her energy skyrocketed and her mind cleared.
“Within a short time, I lost nine pounds and felt tons of energy. But, even more amazing was my mental clarity. It was as if a fog cleared and I found myself,” Melanie shares.
As a full-time mother to four children (ages 2 - 14) and guardian of a teenaged cousin she had welcomed into her home, Melanie’s day-to-day life was often hectic. However, her increased energy and focus helped her to remain relaxed and in control. Now, Melanie’s friends often comment on how calm she seems when they come to visit, even as the usual mayhem gets well under way.
Melanie credits her husband who also embraced Isagenix, even receiving Honorable Mention in his category of the Challenge, for helping her stick with the program. These days, the couple jogs and bikes together, and created a successful business with Isagenix together.
“Isagenix has connected us as a couple,” shares Melanie. “We encourage each other and now have so much more to share. It’s had a 100-percent positive effect on our relationship.”
Melanie says she loves who she sees in the mirror now. Until recently, it was tough-going squeezing into her size 12 pants. (“I really needed a size 14, but couldn’t face it,” she admits, with a laugh).
Now, her size eight pants are an inch too big, requiring a belt. Her waist shed over six inches, her rear decreased over five inches, and her arms lost two inches each. Her weight-loss of 25 pounds ranked her as a proud 3rd-place winner in the 2010 IsaBody Challenge Women 18 – 35 Category. The only thing that has gotten bigger on Melanie these days are her firm and fit calves, grown in size due to her new devotion to exercise.
“I was convinced I’d never be a runner, or bike and swim. I’d certainly never thought I’d be an athlete,” Melanie shares, who now bikes 22 miles, swims a half-mile in the lake, and jogs three miles.
Melanie’s latest athletic pursuit is training for a triathlon in Seattle near her home.
“Now, I know that everything that I thought was impossible is possible,” says Melanie. “I feel on top of the world.”
Her enthusiasm is so contagious that Melanie feels like a magnet attracting even more people thanks to her improved, positive spirit.
“I’m not just thinner, I feel so much better. People often approach me and want to know what I’ve done,” says Melanie. “They say, ‘You look like you feel good. I want to feel like that.’ I think they perceive that I finally love myself.”