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Carrie VanRenterghem

Carrie lost 40 lbs!

I always thought that I could just exercise off my excess weight, but one day I realized that wasn't happening. After having four kids, I found that I couldn't lose weight from exercise alone. My youngest son was three years old, and I didn't have the excuse any more that my weight was "baby weight."

When I reached 248 lbs, I was taking two- to three-hour naps each day, and due to that, I wasn't sleeping at all at night. I was grumpy and irritable. My temper was always short, and my kids were affected by my moods. I always felt sick. I would go to bed each night just glad that I had made it through the day.

Some of our friends were sharing their success stories (and those of others) after being on the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan through Take Shape For Life. I heard about people who not only lost weight, but kept it off.

I began to see results right away. After just two Medifast Meals, I felt like my body loved the nutrition it was getting. After a week I was wearing a dress I couldn't wear at the beginning of the week. I stopped taking the long naps each day and was sleeping restfully through the night.

I didn't realize how awful I felt before and how unhealthy I was until I felt what it was like to be healthy and feel good. When you always feel bad, you don't know what "good" feels like.

My family and friends have seen a big change in my attitude and in how I feel about myself. After just two weeks, my husband said I had taken charge of things and handled them the way they should be handled. He said I was more happy and enjoyable to be around. Many of our family members have gone on the program due to my success!

*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.