When I first became a lifestyle coach for the Imperative’s National DPP, I was a bit skeptical about how the program could really achieve everything it states in just 16 weeks. I had just learned that my A1C level was in the pre-diabetic range and decided to try out the techniques myself before I tried to teach them. As I told my class “I don’t sell what I can’t buy.”
During the last month of class, I shared my personal goal with the class. My 25th wedding anniversary was approaching and my husband and I had planned to repeat our vows. My goal was to surprise my husband by fitting into the same unaltered dress I wore as a bride 25 years ago! I started my journey at 148 lbs. and by the end of the 16 weeks; I tipped the scales at 128 – my actual weight when I first got married! I’ve gone from a snug size 10 to a very comfortable size 6. My husband has noticed the change in my weight, energy level and attitude and has picked up on some of the techniques, and actually lost about 8 – 10 pounds.
Class participants have provided testimonials to share their story and have revealed with much pride their success stories. For me, I’m no longer pre-diabetic. I have several class participants, who can make the same claim. One went from 6.4 A1C level to 5.0! Another lost 30 lbs. and proudly stood before the church, held up the model we use to illustrate 5 lbs. of fat and said “I lost 6 of these!” We have seniors, who now attend exercise classes religiously, three times a week. One woman quit her job because it interfered with the time the class met. She said this was too important, it was saving her life. We changed together and I have been humbled to know that in some small way I was part of a process that helped to change lives in just 16 week.