Irene Decker

Irene lost 100 lbs*!

The day I started the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan, I got up and said aloud, this is the first day of the rest of my life. And it was.

Growing up, I was often called "ugly" because of my size. No matter how many compliments I received, those words stuck with me. I fed that sadness with food, but the bigger I got, the worse I felt. I thought I deserved to be overweight. I couldn't even play with my granddaughter and was out of breath from going up stairs!

I avoided going to the doctor because I knew I'd be told to lose weight. I was using GERD medication and inhalers twice a day, and the pain in my feet was unbearable. I constantly tried to fight my cravings and lose weight, but I'd always gain it - plus some - back.

A friend asked me to attend a Medifast seminar sponsored by a local doctor. She is a nurse and suggested that we should try the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan for 30 days. I weighed 263 pounds. I lost eight pounds quickly! In total I lost 100 pounds!*

The girls at work now call me "skinny;" I haven't heard that in years. My self-esteem is 100 times higher and I've learned to step out rather than hide in the background. Since I lost weight with Medifast, I have a spring in my step every day.