New Weight of 128 Feels Great!

You read that right: I now weigh 128 pounds, making my total weight loss 73 pounds! Not bad for 5'7". For 4 years I maintained my 61 pound weight loss. My weight would hover between 138 and 141 pounds, which was awesome. However, I really felt like I could take it one step further, so my new plan went into action. Now I will work to maintain my new weight of 128 pounds by sticking with my new plan.

You read that right: I now weigh 128 pounds, making my total weight loss 73 pounds! Not bad for 5'7". For 4 years I maintained my 61 pound weight loss. My weight would hover between 138 and 141 pounds, which was awesome. However, I really felt like I could take it one step further, so my new plan went into action. Now I will work to maintain my new weight of 128 pounds by sticking with my new plan.

I challenge myself now even more now than I did before, by increasing the amount of weight I lift at the gym. After I lift, I make sure to get an hour of cardio in right afterward. This combination of weight lifting and cardio has done my body wonders. I’m more toned now than I have ever been in my life. I feel like a million dollars inside and out!


Combined with my efforts at the gym, I still follow Dr. Oz’s healthy eating plan from his book, YOU: On a Diet. I actually added even more fruits, veggies and whole grains. Between eating right and my efforts at the gym, I have proven once again that anything is possible! Working out and following Dr. Oz’s plan has rocked my world, my body, my soul and my energy.

I wish I could give you just a few seconds in my body to let you feel just how fabulous I feel. Then you could stop making excuses and take the initiative to do what I do, so you can have what I have. Once you get past the excuses, you’ll find your way just like I have. The only thing we truly have power over is ourselves. We can change who we are starting today! Make a plan and follow through. I can’t tell you enough how happy you’ll be with yourself. Most importantly, I want to say that if I can do this, anyone can do it.

Finally, a big shout out once again to my hero, Dr. Oz. I truly feel like he saved me in so many ways. I have so many new beginnings in my life now. Because of him, I am stronger, happier and more confident than ever. I am now always able to be myself, whether I’m up on stage teaching at the gym or just working at my job. I love the new me that Dr. Oz has helped me create!

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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