Giving Change Another Shot
Steven has struggled with weight issues since childhood. Food was his comfort and reward in both good and tough times, creating a complex relationship with it. After graduating high school at nearly 300 pounds, Steven continued to gain weight in college. Despite attempting different diets and losing significant weight twice before, he always regained it.
Struggling physically and emotionally, he lost his passion and wore a constant frown. "My routine consisted of work, eating and shutting everyone out. I'd almost given up on improvement.” Seeing an independent OPTAVIA Coach's success on Facebook, Steven decided to give change another shot. The first two weeks resulted in surprising results, rekindling a glimmer of hope. This initial win marked a turning point, as he embraced the Habits of Health and experienced increased energy, positivity and happiness with every pound lost.
His consistency paid off, and Steven was able to surpass his weight loss goals in under a year. “OPTAVIA transformed my life.” Starting his own coaching journey in July 2021, he found joy in aiding others on their wellness journeys. His purpose became helping others find themselves through better health. Having lost over 230 pounds*, he embraced walking as a now cherished hobby.
Social media became Steven’s outlet to share his walks, and he set a goal of 50,000 steps for his 50th birthday. Achieving this goal one day before his first OPTAVIA Convention, he felt inspired to do more. Merging his love for helping others and walking, he organized "Walktober" in October 2022. With minimal planning and no advertising, the event raised over $300 and collected 500 pounds of clothing for donation. Encouraged by its success, Steven aimed to make the event an annual affair.
“OPTAVIA has offered me a new lease on life, forging lasting friendships and inspiring me to help transform others' lives.” Steven expresses gratitude toward OPTAVIA and looks ahead toward the future with hope and appreciation.