Sheryl Cipolla

I'm now 43 pounds lighter and wearing a size 6!

I've been married 20 years to a wonderful husband and we have two beautiful children - son 16 and daughter 13. A year ago, at 42, I had more than I had ever dreamed for, except for two very important things: to be healthy and to feel good about myself.

My weight has been up and down my whole life - thin kid, then very fat kid, then thin teen, then chubby teen, and so on. The world is definitely kinder to thin people - I've experienced it from both sides multiple times, so I know. And unfortunately, I am much kinder to myself when I'm thin.

Over the years, I'd learned what I needed to do to combat my genetics and stay healthy (or quickly get healthy when I gained weight). Then about 6 years ago, my arsenal of weight management techniques stopped working and I gained over 35 lbs. I thought it was because of back problems I had developed that stopped me from my workouts. Then I found out three years ago that I have a thyroid disorder, hypothyroidism. I was so excited to think my hypo-T medication would suddenly give me the metabolism I had always wanted. Well, it didn't work that way. I stopped gaining, but still couldn't lose all the extra weight or keep it off when I lost some of it. I thought I had exhausted every weight-loss program and was trying very hard to convince myself to be happy as an overweight person.

My husband has always been a great supporter, telling me I'm beautiful no matter my weight, but sometimes it just made me upset - you can't take compliments well when your self image is low. My husband wanted me to be happy that when he heard about Medifast, he went online and ordered for me.

I started Medifast in March of 2006, with doubt but great anticipation. I initially set a very thoughtful and reasonable goal for myself. I wanted to lose 35 pounds, which would put me at a healthy weight where I could comfortably wear size 8's again (I'm 5'5", big boned, and broad shouldered, so I'm never going to be model thin or petite). When I reached my goal in July I decided to go for the unthinkable, to reach my '20's' weight. I reached my final goal in August, 2006, on my son's 16th birthday - Happy Birthday to me too.

I'm now 43 pounds lighter and wearing a size 6! Even better, I feel great about myself, and my blood tests say I am now very healthy. I'm learning to love compliments - especially when people have told me I look like I'm 25 - that's like a 17 year makeover! Thanks Medifast!

By the way, my husband saw how great Medifast was working for me and he jumped on board. He lost 40 pounds too and has been maintaining since June 2006.

*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.