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We grew up on a farm eating high fat everything: beef, pork, chicken, duck, milk, cream, butter, farmer cheese with yet more cream, etc. etc. Baked goods were a whole other story: bread, rolls, donuts (fried in full fat grease), pies, cakes, with homemade whipped cream. Mom was offended if you didn’t have seconds, or even worse, clean your plate. Anybody who came to the Parker homestead was expected to leave full — if not stuffed! Before the days of TV, guests visited around the kitchen table and ate.

As a girl in school, I always thought I was fat, but looking back at pictures, the girl looking back at me now looked pretty good. I was my own worst critic. I married young and had 2 boys followed by twin girls. I proceeded to feed my family as my mother had fed us. My love of cooking and eating was passed on to the kids. I tried a diet doctor and that worked for a bit. But in the aftermath I gained 40 pounds. When I went to work in a factory, I was so ashamed of my size that I started a self-imposed diet. By eating one small meal a day I got down to 150 and stayed there for 5 years. Good health was nowhere in sight.

The weight crept up over the years. It reached a peak of 250 or so after my husband retired and we became permanent RV'ers. We spent summers in New York and winters in Arizona. As my husband’s health took a turn for the worse, we came off the road. My eating habits deteriorated even more. As a caregiver, I didn’t take care of myself. I was taking so many meds that it was painful to get around. A day without a nap was impossible. After my husband passed, I was afraid that my next stop was a nursing home for myself. My quality of life hit rock bottom. I decided to take charge of my own health, first by kicking some of my meds to the curb. At my next doctor visit, it was suggested that losing weight would also help. DUH!

I looked at my sister who had found success with Kim Bensen (Read Leah's Success Story) and I decided to give it a try. After committing to the program, I preplanned all my meals using Kim’s website for the first year.

I reached goal in six months! But once I realized I could do it ... and was enjoying how I ate ... I kept going, losing another 20 pounds over the next five months. I lost 120 lbs and love how I feel.

I still enter my weight once a week on the website. I’m off the majority of the meds that had been draining my energy for years. I’m feeling better and more active than I have been in 20 years! My blood work is perfect and I’m no longer afraid to go the doctor. I’m looking to the future with renewed optimism using Kim’s maintenance program, recipes, meetings ... and the sense of family that's found there.


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