Three years ago, Cindy was diagnosed with breast cancer and fatty liver disease — both conditions her doctors attributed to her being overweight.
So after beating cancer, the 56-year-old grandmother decided to take control of her health and embark on a weight loss journey. Over 15 months, Cindy has lost an amazing 96 pounds — and is now feeling better than ever!
"I feel great! For more than two years, I have kept the weight off, stayed in remission from breast cancer and overcome fatty liver disease. I'm overjoyed to be healthy and spending plenty of time with my son and his family," Cindy, who previously weighed 231 pounds, exclusively told 'Closer Weekly.'
Read on to find out how she successfully lost the weight!
Cindy at 231 pounds before her weight loss. (Photo Credit: Cindy Esch)
I was always tired. It was hard to go up a single flight of stairs. I hated the way I looked and felt. In November 2011, my doctor diagnosed me with fatty liver disease and told me it was from being severely overweight. Then in February 2012, I was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer, a diagnosis my doctors again told me was caused by my weight. After knocking on death's door twice in less than three months, I knew I had to lose weight or I wouldn't live to see my son fall in love, get married or have a family.
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Around Thanksgiving 2011, I started following Medifast's meal replacement plan after I met with a Certified Health Coach of Take Shape for Life. I used to eat every breakfast and lunch at a fast food restaurant and eat dessert every night. Now, I’ve completely cut out fast food from my diet. Instead, I eat six small, balanced and low-glycemic meals per day. I also used to be a complete couch potato. When I started the diet plan, I began exercising and have worked my way up to cycling and practicing weight resistance three times per week.
Cindy after her weight loss. (Photo Credit: Cindy Esch)
This weight loss program has saved my life and given my life purpose. I feel great! For more than two years, I have kept the weight off, stayed in remission from breast cancer and overcome fatty liver disease. I've also become a Certified Health Coach of Take Shape For Life myself, and am now helping others achieve their weight loss goals! I'm overjoyed to be healthy and spending plenty of time with my son and his family. Who knew being a 56-year-old mom and grandmother could feel so great?!
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