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Angela Burchett

Before Medifast, I wouldn't take my toddler to the park because I didn't want to be the "fat mom." Fifty-one lbs later, my 16-year-old daughter brags about having a "hot mom!"

My family and I spent two weeks in Arizona and Las Vegas the week before my 33rd birthday. I was exhausted, hot, and miserable the entire time. Looking at the photos, I was mortified that I had let myself get so overweight and embarrassed for my children and my husband. I wanted to feel better for myself and for them.

Being overweight impacted every aspect of my life. I was embarrassed to pick up my kids from school; I avoided shopping and tried to blend into the crowd. My husband installed a privacy fence around our pool, but I still refused to put on a bathing suit. I was even hiding from my own husband.

I suffered from depression, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and thyroid issues - all directly related to obesity. I'd tried diet pills in the past, but they only caused me to starve myself and not learn to eat healthy.

I made an appointment to discuss Medifast with my doctor. I had burned through all of the excuses - "I'll start next Monday" and "I'll start after this last meal." Those excuses are what got me to a size 14/16, and I was done with that unhealthy me.

I stuck with the Medifast Plan and lost 8.5 lbs in the first week; six months later, I was down 51 lbs! My family is learning to enjoy fresh, lean foods and realizing how wonderful they taste without all the added fat. Because I've lost weight, my blood sugar level is under control, my cholesterol and blood pressure is normal, my thyroid is level, and my energy is incredible; I can do cartwheels and slide down the slide at the playground. I feel terrific!

*Results vary. Typical weight loss on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan® is 2-5 lbs per week for the first 2 weeks and 1-2 lbs per week thereafter.