Name: Amy Mitchell
Occupation: Account Executive
Meal Plan: Balance
Favorite Meal: Pancakes and Salmon Teriyaki Bowl
Start-date: September 2012
Starting weight: 155
Pounds Lost: 35 (down to 120, now at 130)
Activity Level: Fitbit addiction; I want to beat everyone’s steps
When I get a craving, my go-to trick is: Chug water. I like hard candy. I stay away from chocolate.
My favorite app for tracking weight loss is: Fitbit
For Amy Mitchell, an account executive at Diet-to-Go, weighing an unhealthy amount led to major health problems.
At age 30, Amy had already been taking medication to lower her cholesterol.
“I started taking medication at 25, and they told me I’d have to take that forever,” Amy said. “They said it was genetic, that there was nothing I could do.”
She’d also several times dealt with kidney stones, an often-painful condition where hard deposits made from minerals and salts form inside the kidneys.
Then Amy had to have her gallbladder removed.
“I went to the hospital … They told me it wasn’t kidney stones, which I had thought it was,” Amy said. “Instead, my gallbladder decided it was done with me.”
Amy said that was a wake-up call for her.
“After that, I did a lot of Web MD and Google searching about it…and I found out fast food did that to me,” Amy said. “I was eating that two, three times a day. … I blame fast food for America’s weight problems. It was definitely my problem.”
Amy said she gave up fast food and started cooking at home to start. She also started running, even training for marathons.
“And then I got a dog, and he likes to go on walks,” she said. “I took him on walks every day.”
Amy shed about 40 pounds over the course of two years but still wasn’t quite where she wanted to be.
When she started working at Diet-to-Go, she weighed 155 pounds, about 30 pounds more than her goal weight.
“When I started Diet-to-Go, it worked,” she said. “The food tasted amazing and made it easy to stay on-track.”
Amy lost another 35 pounds over the course of the next several months.
“What I hated about looking at myself in the mirror were my arms and my chin, my double chin, which I don’t have any more,” Amy said. “I used to hate my arms, too. Now, I’ll wear a tank top.”
Today, Amy weighs around 130 pounds and is happy with her weight.
In July, Amy also found out that her cholesterol levels were normal, something the doctors said would never happen.
“I didn’t have to take [the medication] anymore,” she said. “It’s great. I still have the alarm that goes off on my phone every night at 9 p.m. to take my medication, but I just get to ignore it now.”
Amy said the best part about eating Diet-to-Go meal is they taught her how to eat.
“It takes all of the thinking out of healthy eating and it’s delicious,” she said. “You just eat it and watch the weight come off.”
Amy added that the people who work with her at Diet-to-Go make all the difference, too.
“It’s like coming to work with your family. They care. They want to help people,” she said.
That culture helps her continue with healthy living to this day, even after recently being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a condition in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves.
“In the spring and fall, I love to go outside,” Amy said. “And when it’s not too hot, we all go for a walk every day. We’re just all really close,”
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Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.