Healthy Habit Heroes: Marion’s Story

May 31, 2020 11:36:00 AM

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Welcome back to our “Healthy Habit Heroes” blog series, where we share members’ stories in their own words about their experiences with Yes Health.

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Marion is 66 years old and lives in Georgia. Now that she’s semi-retired, she was looking for a program to help her stay healthy as she got older. A big part of her motivation was to lose some weight, but she didn’t want to drive to meetings and weigh-ins or have to eat special foods. Then she found Yes Health.

I liked that Yes Health was entirely online. It seemed pretty simple. It wasn’t a diet—I definitely won’t diet. I wanted to lose weight and still eat foods I liked. I weighed 172 pounds when I started. Seven months later I weighed 144.

What I found out really fast was that a lot of the foods I was eating—like Atkins bars—were full of hidden sugars. Even my sugar-free cookies and shakes. I had no idea. The coaches helped me understand what was healthy and what wasn’t.

With Yes Health, there’s no counting calories or keeping track of points. It’s just you and the foods you like to eat, but in healthier ways. And it’s the same with exercise. You only do what you enjoy. I’m exercising at least 20-45 minutes a day. I usually walk and take YouTube video classes.

I weigh myself about once a week. The weight loss wasn’t rapid. It was slow and steady—a combined result of exercise and better nutrition. My approach to meals is so different now. I’m understanding my old patterns and am making healthier choices based on the coaches’ suggestions and advice. I now know that sugar-free doesn’t mean healthy.

My breakfast before Yes Heath was often two waffles and three pieces of bacon – not so healthy. At the coach team’s suggestion, I switched to one boiled egg, one strip of bacon and some fruit or a cup of oatmeal with some yogurt. I now buy low or no-sugar yogurt–the coaches sent me a list of recommended brands–and I add frozen fruit. This help keeps my blood sugar levels down.

For me, losing weight has been about portion control and reading the labels so I understand what I’m eating. When I have questions, I take a photo of the package and share it with the coaches for feedback. The free Fitbit and scale help a lot too because I can see my progress. Now, I plan my meals and exercise six days a week. Keeping consistent is key.

The coaches help me eat what I like in moderation so I don’t overdo it, and they’ve been with me every step of the way. I like ice cream and enjoy a small cup once a week–that way I don’t crave it. I also like Chinese food. The coaches suggested removing the noodles and replacing them with salad. Occasionally, I’ll have a small slice of pizza and balance it with veggies and fruit. I really enjoy hot cocoa and the coaches told me how to make my own with raw cacao, stevia and milk. I’m learning that pretty much anything can be made healthier with the right portions and mix of ingredients.

These small adjustments and the coaches’ flexibility are what make this program work for me. I’m eating better–staying mindful of calories and sugars–and know I’ll be able to keep the weight off. It’s not just a program. It’s a healthy lifestyle that I enjoy.