Ann LaFave has used the program since May 2013. She was vulnerable enough to share her incredible journey to being “healthy at 45”. To read her in-depth story, tips for success and much more, please visit the blog.
1. Why did you get start the program (sponsor, pack you started with, how long it took you to decide, what finally made you say “yes”)?
I began using the program in May 2013. I was friends with Katie on Facebook (she was a student worker in my office while attending Cornell) and saw pictures she posted about people losing weight (herself included). I was a little skeptical but I finally sent her a note and asked about the photos. That is when she introduced me to the program. I did a lot of research on my own because it seemed too good to be true. I reached out to others that I knew (through Katie) who were using the program. Interestingly, the people I asked had scientific backgrounds in both human and animal nutrition and they all had very positive things to say about the ingredients of the product. I was “sold” with that type of assurance. I ordered my first 30 day pack shortly after contacting Katie. I had so many questions and she was so helpful and patient as I learned the program. I’m so glad we were connected by Facebook otherwise I don’t think I would have discovered this program that has changed my life!
2. What was life like for you before starting the program?
Before using the program I was overweight and very unhappy with my appearance. I was tired and grumpy, I snored and I was starting to have feet problems. I was always thin in high school but college, marriage, and two kids later I was much bigger than I wanted to be. My job is demanding and I was using all my energy toward work. I’d be exhausted by the time I got home and had very little energy for my family, house upkeep and volunteer activities. Also, I was almost 45 years old which had significant meaning for me: my father died when he was 45 of a heart attack (he was a smoker). I was focused on wanting to be “45 and HEALTHY” but I needed to make some changes to get there. One unexpected change was when I agreed to a new job at work and joined an office of people that were focused on health and fitness. After a while I decided I wanted to be part of that movement too.
The timing was perfect: I was committing to living a long, full life for my children and husband, I was surrounded by people that care about fitness at my workplace and I connected with Katie. I do believe that everything happens for a reason!
3. Please share your journey and success so far with the products. What’s changed in your life?
My journey started a few years ago when I wrote down four personal goals during the summer of 2011: finish my masters degree, improve my financial management, take some family trips and lose weight. It’s 2014 and I’ve accomplished every one of the goals. It didn’t happen overnight or all at once but I committed to writing down the goals which gave me focus and direction.
Once I had the masters degree completed I knew I would have more time to focus on losing weight. The “turning 45” incentive was the start to making fitness changes in my life during the winter of 2013. I signed up for a Friday morning yoga class. This was my first time trying yoga and I loved it. To get to the class I had to walk up and down a huge hill on campus but I stuck with it and noticed the hill was getting easier after a few weeks. Shortly after starting yoga, I dusted off and plugged in the treadmill that had been sitting dormant in our basement and began walking three mornings per week before work and also Saturday or Sunday.
Starting a regular exercise routine was good and I was seeing small improvements but I knew my eating needed an overhaul. Once I discovered the program and focused on eating correctly, things really started to change for me. I lost 30 pounds and 30 inches over a four month period with the program. I went from a size 16/18 to a size 12. As the weight continued to drop I was able to increase my exercise and set a goal to begin running. At the beginning I could only jog for about 2 minutes and I would be out of breath. I kept going longer each time and found after a few months I could jog for up to 40 minutes without stopping! I still can’t believe I can call myself a runner (I hated running in high school). This past June I ran in a 5K with my sister and it was one of the most rewarding and emotional things I have ever done. I had tears in my eyes as I crossed the finish line due to the reaction I was feeling as I never thought this was something I could ever do.
Another thing that changed for me with the program was my energy level and outlook. I suddenly had the motivation to tackle projects at home that I had been avoiding for way too long. I also found my attitude to be much more pleasant and calm when facing situations that might have really bothered me in the past. My health was also impacted in a positive way: no more feet problems and the snoring stopped. My husband was very concerned that I had sleep apnea as I would stop breathing when snoring. I believe my investment in the program has reduced medical costs that I might have faced in future years if I had not developed a healthier lifestyle.
Recently I’ve started working with a personal trainer to take fitness to the next level. I try to get to the gym 1-2 times per week to work on toning and shaping in ways that walking/jogging can’t do. It has also improved my running so it all works well together. I also started using a Fitbit to track my daily steps. This is a great incentive tool and creates friendly competition among colleagues, family and friends. Highly recommended!
My journey has not been perfect. I held very strictly to the program for the first 4-5 months and was able to drop the significant weight. I have now tried to make the program work in conjunction to my busy life. Some days I have two shakes (always one for breakfast) and other days will opt to have a healthy meal with my family at dinner. I always have a salad with protein for lunch, morning snack and afternoon snack. I try to limit additional snacking and find that My Fitness App is a great way to track eating. Cleansing has become harder to do but I know the benefit of the great feeling after (less flab and fluff!) and that is what helps me get through the two days.
4. What are your favorite products? Why?
My favorite products would include Ionix Supreme as I don’t start the day without it. I believe that is the product that levels my mood. I love chocolate and I’m so happy there is a chocolate shake. I believe it helps curb cravings I might have for chocolate candy. I also really like the IsaLean Bars as they are a great “on the go” snack for a busy mom.
5. What’s ahead for you goal-wise? Have you started sharing the opportunity with others?
I plan to keep working with a personal trainer and utilize the gym as I have a few problem areas: my stomach, butt and legs. After starting my work with a personal trainer I noticed the scale creeping upwards a bit and I realized it was probably due to muscle development. I try not to be obsessed with the scale either. I know my body better now and I’m doing fine as long as my clothes fit. The program will certainly remain part of my daily life as I’m committing to staying healthy.
I found the program to be super easy and I couldn’t believe how the weight seemed to melt away. I shared my program success with family and friends. Several of them have used the program and adapted the program to their needs as well
6. Can you share your tips for success? What does a typical day look like for you?
I was very conscientious about following the program exactly as designed. I have never cheated on a cleanse day and I think that is very important for the cleansing process to work. I plan ahead and make sure I have the right snacks for the refrigerators at work and home. If possible surround yourself with people that care about nutrition and exercise. It’s so nice to have co-workers understand if you say “no” to the birthday cake being passed around. My youngest sister has also been inspiration with her strong focus on exercise. Committing to running a 5K together motivated us even though we live four hours apart. I’ve learned that it is important to have others for support and motivation. I also found a lot of tips and motivation on the program Facebook pages. Find those “pockets of time” where you can fit in extra fitness. For example, in the winter while my daughter is at basketball practice I walk the halls in the school. I have not been perfect but I also know each day is a new chance to have a better day than the previous if it didn’t go well (more exercise, no extra snacking, better food choices etc…). I don’t get negative with myself if things don’t go right. I am very busy and finally learned I have to take time for me. As long as fitness and good eating dominate my overall week then I am happy.
I start my day with Ionix Supreme, use the treadmill for 20-30 minutes, and have my shake while getting ready for work. I have a yogurt around 10:00 a.m. and then a salad with protein for lunch. I choose a healthy snack for the afternoon and then a shake for dinner (most nights). Two mornings each week my kids have to be to school earlier and I don’t have time to exercise on those mornings; instead I walk at lunchtime for 30 minutes. I mix things up on the weekend to have dinner with my family and a shake for lunch.