Bonnie Childress

Store #2075; Bend, OR

Store #2075; Bend, OR

What got you started with ZP Challenge?

My husband is an over-the-road truck driver. He’s gone a lot. I went on one of his two-week truck runs with him and it was amazing to spend those two weeks together. But you don’t do much of anything on those trips and I realized I was enjoying not doing anything. That was my eureka moment. After that trip, I knew I had to change my life. I realized that I don’t want to live a life in which I enjoyed doing nothing. ZP appealed to me as a way to start doing something more in life, making some better choices, and being here for my family and friends.

How are you doing on your ZP journey?

I weighed 272 pounds when I realized I needed to make some changes. So far, I’ve lost 78 pounds and I aim to lose 15 more. I’ve just gotten below 200 pounds and that’s huge. I drink at least 100 ounces of water a day. I would eat for emotional reasons. For instance, I would eat when I was bored or stressed. I’ve stopped and now eat five or six smaller meals instead of a couple of large meals. I have a way more positive attitude. To be able to go hiking or running after working eight hours on my feet is amazing. I used to get leg cramps and have no energy for anything. Now, I’m participating in 5k and 10k races.

Have there been any surprises on your ZP journey?

You don’t realize how many people are facing the same hard things in life. I’ve been surprised at the number of people that have noticed my weight loss and ask me what I’ve been doing. It’s very surprising how many people need help and are afraid to reach out. People coming together in ZP’s community is what first inspired me.