“Being healthy is hard, being unhealthy is hard. It’s up to you to choose your hard.”
Amidst teaching in the era of COVID-19, and as the mother to a toddler and an infant, the last person Kayleen prioritized was herself. She remembers the consistent aches and pain she felt in her knees as a then 30-year-old. “I was labored while simply walking and I was depressed and anxious., I didn’t think I was worth the investment. My independent OPTAVIA Coach felt otherwise and NEVER gave up on me. She consistently checked on me and reminded me that my health and well-being mattered.”
Kayleen’s journey with unhealthy eating habits began when she was just 12 years old. She experienced a traumatic event and developed a coping relationship with unhealthy food. “Food for comfort, food for rewards or food just because I was bored. The constant devouring of food also resulted in the constant reel of negative self-talk while packing on the pounds.”
In December of 2021, Kayleen had reached an all-time low. Her lifeline reached her in the form of an independent OPTAVIA Coach she found through social media. The initial interaction Kayleen had with the Coach, left her intrigued. She thought, “What do I have to lose?” and said yes to OPTAVIA and yes to her health.
“Little did I know that from that day forward I had a lot more to lose. I lost my walls, my negative thoughts, my plus size clothes, my selfishness, my loneliness and my inability to keep up with everyday tasks and my two young children.” After joining the OPTAVIA Community, Kayleen gained confidence, comfort in her own skin, more energy, smaller clothes, non-scale victories, sustainable healthy habits and a Community she feels deeply connected to.
Having always thought of her purpose in life as service to others, Kayleen decided to share the amazing gift of OPTAVIA with as many people as she could. “I felt confident in doing so, since I knew I had a supportive team behind me. I was ecstatic to live out loud and exclaim to others there is a simple plan that could fit into their schedule and lifestyle paired with accountability.”
At times Kayleen hardly recognizes the girl in the photos from a few years ago. “I love her and I thank her for choosing a different hard, the hard that pushed her toward improved health.”