Age: 57 years
How long she's kept it off: She began in August and reached her current weight in April.
Personal life: "I have been married to my husband, Mike, for 37 years," Caldwell said. "We live in Canton." They have three adult children and two granddaughters. Caldwell is a registered nurse.
Turning point: "I've tried many times to lose weight and have even had some success in losing but never able to maintain the loss," Caldwell said. "As I got older, I became complacent and discouraged with myself, which led to more weight gain and multiple medical issues. Over several years, I was diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and began to experience increased problems with asthma. … I finally reached a point where I was pretty much disgusted with myself and wanted to change but knew I couldn't and wouldn't do it on my own. I had heard about wellness coach Jacynta Harb with Sparkle Wellness through several friends … but never had the courage to do it — I didn't want to fail again. When my oldest daughter was diagnosed with hypertension in her early 30s, I felt guilty. After all, I was her mom and a nurse, and the example I had set for her and the rest of my family was leading her to have the same medical challenges I had faced. Also, I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. … I talked with my daughter and told her what I knew about Sparkle."
Diet plan: Breakfast is usually oatmeal or yogurt. Lunch is leftovers. Dinner is lean meat, chicken or fish with fresh veggies and rice or potatoes.
Exercise routine: "Walking or hiking is my main source of exercise," Caldwell said. "I try to walk at least a mile a day in my neighborhood, but most days it's between two to three miles."
Biggest challenge: "Actually making the lifestyle changes that I needed such as eating fresh healthy foods and being more active," Caldwell said. "I am a creature of habit, and change is hard for me, especially since, in the past, I have not had a lot of self-confidence in believing that I could actually change."
How life has changed: "My self-confidence has improved tremendously. I feel so much better, both physically and emotionally," Caldwell said. "… So far this year, I have walked in a 5K per month. … I have to give a huge shoutout to my daughter Ansley. If she sees me becoming discouraged or getting off track, she … reminds me. … And truly, I think the fact that I do feel so much better, both physically and emotionally, has had a huge impact on my sticking with my commitment to change — I do not want to go back to the old me."
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