by Caitlin H.
October 3, 2022
name: Judith Nelson
Business: Retired from Research Lab, Corporate Aviation
favourite meal: Basil Chicken
start date: July 2020
starting weight: 194
lost pounds: 45
activity level: water aerobics, swimming
When I’m feeling down, my go-to trick is: a handful of almonds
For 77-year-old Florida resident Judith Nelson, losing weight became secondary to a deep desire to take control of her health and extend her lifespan.
“Healthy living is most important to me,” Judith said. “My primary goal right now is to have longevity and not be a burden on my children, and that comes from staying healthy.”
Judith’s desire not to burden anyone also reflects her general outlook on life. Judith, who retired from working in a research lab and corporate aviation, volunteers for her neighborhood as a liaison between the 70-home community and the landscaping company. She works to ensure that the $200,000 budget for landscaping brings beauty and enjoyment to all residents. And she also makes it a daily goal to make a difference in the lives of others.
“I feel that every day at the end of the day, if I look in the mirror and haven’t helped someone or influenced them to be better or made them smile, then I haven’t had a good day, ” He said .
Judith was also a former competitive ballroom dancer, but back issues and degenerative disc disease limited her mobility to only swimming for years, causing her to gain weight.
She decided it was time to make a change in July 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic after discovering she was on the verge of becoming diabetic. Her A1C was 5.7 and she was taking two diabetes medications. A1C measures the percentage of the hemoglobin protein in the blood that is coated in sugar and determines the risk of diabetes.
Judith said she spent time researching different diet programs online before trying Diet-To-Go.
“When I found you guys, everything I read said it was the best tasting food ever,” she said. “I thought, ‘Let me give it a go.’ I knew, living alone, I wouldn’t cook for myself anymore. I knew I wasn’t eating well.
Judith said she intentionally tried a food she didn’t think she’d want after Balance-Diabetes Meals arrived on her doorstep.
“My first Diet-to-Go food was an Orange Rafi Pomodoro,” she said. “I thought, ‘If I like it, it’ll be fine.’ And wow, I loved it. The fact that you can cook all the fish…it’s amazing. I literally licked the plate.
Judith was taken aback by the convenience, taste, heat and eating aspect of the food being delivered, the customer service, and the fact that she could go on vacation and replace the food with the click of a mouse. Can do The MyDiettogo online portal all played a part.
“Every day at 11 a.m., I go to the freezer and say, ‘Do I want Thai? Do I want chicken? Southwest?'” she said. “Then, I take it out and put it on the counter. And at 4 p.m., I put it in the microwave and eat it. I love the taste. It’s restaurant-quality food. It’s so convenient, especially for one person.”
Judith has stuck with the program ever since. Today, her A1C is below 5.1, and she no longer takes diabetes medications. Her glucose has dropped from 125 to 89, she went from taking three blood pressure medications to the lowest dose of only one, and she’s lost 45 pounds.
“It’s all from eating diet-to-go food,” she said. “It all comes down to eating healthy. Eighty percent of my success is what I put in my mouth. If I didn’t get it from eating straight, I was never going to get it.
Judith also said that controlled portion sizes have helped her know how much to eat.
“Living alone, having no one to cook, eat and prepare good, nutritious food … it’s challenging,” she said. “Portion sizes in stores and restaurants are not designed for people living alone.”
An example of Judith’s success in the program was going to the doctor on 5 May.
“When I met with my doctor and my A1-C was at 5.1, he held out his hand and said, ‘Congratulations, you just cured your diabetes with your diet,’ and he shook my hand,” Judith said. “I mean, he was so proud … a relief, really, to know that I can control myself and be healthy with my eating.”
She had a similar experience in July, when her doctor’s nurse practitioner praised her for getting back in control of her health, her skin care and her weight loss.
“I am so grateful that [Diet-to-Go] It happens to people like me,” she said. “It shows up on my doorstep, and I eat knowing the quality is good, the taste is great and the portions are controlled.”
Judith said that although losing weight was exciting, it was secondary to getting healthy.
“My goal was to eat better and be more healthy,” she said. “I definitely reached that goal. The fact that my medications have changed so dramatically is testament to that. It shows in my blood work.
“At the end of the day, you need to look in the mirror and say, ‘You did well today’ or ‘Today was not a good day, but thank God we have tomorrow.’
Do you have a diet-to-go success story to share? Email us at email@example.com with “Success Story” in the subject line to learn how you can get a free meal in exchange for sharing your story!
Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go Community Manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about connecting with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes that moderation is key, and that people will have the most weight loss success when they engage in common sense healthy eating and fitness.