Cheryl Pope

Cheryl Pope, Supercenter #3447; Whitehall, Ohio

When I recently got on the scale at the doctor’s office, it showed I was up to 380 pounds. I didn’t want to hit 400 and knew it was time to make some changes. My health needed it too. Over the past six months, I’ve had pancreatitis twice and was showing the beginning stages of fatty liver disease. It was definitely motivation to start losing weight. Seeing the stories from everyone else doing ZP is helpful. It’s encouraging to see how people in a similar spot have lost weight. It feels like if they could do it, then so can you. I’m down to 355 now and can fit back into my favorite pair of jeans. But family is my biggest motivation. My two-year wedding anniversary was in July and over the next year I’d like to formally adopt my son. I want to keep making better choices to be healthier so I can be around for them in the future.

  • After losing 35 pounds, I have more energy for family trips to the park, zoo and science center.
  • My son comes with me to the gym and sometimes we’ll get treadmills next to each other — it’s exercise time plus time together.
  • Now if I need a snack, I’ll eat hummus with celery or carrots.
  • Since we’re not eating out nearly as much and not spending money on so much soda, we’ve been able to put a lot more money into our savings.

I used to eat a lot of junk food and a lot of fast food. There really wasn’t very much cooking at home. I was also a sugar junkie, especially for cookies and snack bars. But my biggest problem was soda. I’d drink 6-12 Diet Cokes each day. Ie’ve changed our food choices to do more cooking at home and add in more fruits, vegetables and better protein. I’m down to having just one Diet Coke a day and we don’t keep sugar snacks around at all. My exercise has improved too. I go to the YMCA three to four times a week to walk the indoor track and lift weights. I’ve definitely noticed having more energy and endurance to be active. I’m even doing a 5K this weekend. It’s my first one in probably 10 or so years. If you’re thinking about starting ZP, I say just go for it! that’s what I did.