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Katie Knies

Since she was a little girl, Katie struggled with her weight. At age 9, her mother had taken her to the family doctor, concerned with the “plumpness” she began to show. From that visit, Katie was prescribed numerous diet pills. “I would take them and feel so sick and nauseated that I would throw them in the trash can at school and then go buy a 10 cent ice cream sandwich!” This marked the beginning of her dieting cycle of losing and gaining back weight throughout her life. Enter adulthood. At 225 lbs, Katie lost all her confidence in herself and felt embarrassment. “Being a pastor’s wife did not make it possible for me to live a life as a recluse, although I just wanted to crawl in a hole and never come out.” Katie knew she had to do something. The real her was hidden under her “layers of excess weight.”

Katie began to research this Optimal Health® Program. Her Health Coach showed her how to focus on her health. Katie’s “why” for starting her journey was strong: she wanted to be healthy for her children and grandchildren.

Within the first few weeks, Katie began to see results. She loved the program and began to gain her confidence back. “I was on the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan™ for 15 months, and not once did I deviate from it!” As a result of her focus and hard work, Katie lost an astonishing 115 lbs*!

“Emotionally, I am a much happier person. I feel like I have been pulled up out of a grave that I had once dug for myself. It’s fun to go shopping and to look at myself in a retail store mirror and be proud of what I see!”

Katie lost the weight but gained so much more. "My whole self-esteem and confidence are through the roof! When I walk, I have a bounce in my step and I just feel healthy!”

*Average weight loss for Clients on the Optimal Weight 5&1 Plan™ with support is 20 lbs. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.

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Give yourself the gift of a life with purpose. Commit to walking the path toward Optimal Health in the year ahead!