Chiquita Seals – An Inspiration to Us All – Lost 120 pounds!

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Explain one or two of your primary health and/or lifestyle challenges prior to The Daniel Plan?

Prior to The Daniel Plan, I suffered from fatigue, heartburn, and sleeplessness. I felt physically tired from the moment I woke up until bedtime. Therefore, I always took a mid-day nap to help get me through the day. At night, I averaged 4 to 5 hours of interrupted sleep. Exercise was something I wanted to do, but always put off. I didn’t exercise at all and I lived a life of avoiding social situations because I just felt so bad about how I looked.

Why did you start The Daniel Plan? How did you hear about it?

I started The Daniel Plan because I desperately wanted to lose weight and develop healthy habits I could continue throughout my life.  I have been on several diets plans in my life, (including Jenny Craig in which I lost 77 pounds), only to gain the weight back and more.  On other plans I felt like I was running on willpower alone and these plans were never something I could continue once the weight was off.  More importantly, none of my health challenges improved – they only worsened.

I heard about The Daniel Plan from my friend who is a member of Saddleback in Lake Forest.  We attended the Kick Off Seminar in January as well as the seminar in March, 2011.

What have been the most significant changes and things you have learned since getting on The Daniel Plan?

I’ve learned that The Daniel Plan involves much more than weight loss. This is a journey towards living a healthier life.

I realize that the poor food choices I made in the past have negatively affected many parts of my life – my weight, health, my thinking, how I feel, and my interactions with others.

Because of The Daniel Plan, I’ve learned healthy habits to replace the unhealthy ones.  I go to a gym for the first time in my life. I don’t skip meals. I avoid white sugar/high fructose corn syrup products. I’ve replaced white pastas and rice with brown rice and whole wheat pasta. I eat foods high in protein in the morning, and I drink a lot more water than did before.

What results have you experienced?

I feel great! I’ve lost over 70 pounds and I sleep soundly for seven to eight hours a night.  I have had no heartburn whatsoever since January and I have so much energy, I don’t need to take naps during the day anymore.

Most importantly, I am beginning to feel good about myself. I don’t run away from social situations anymore and I feel that I am closer to living a life where I don’t feel distracted with my weight and health issues, but rather, where I can devote my energy towards how God wants to use me.

What advice would you give to others to get started or continue?

My advice to others is to just get started or jump right back into things if you’ve taken a break from The Daniel Plan. Don’t spend time beating yourself up for being in your situation, or wondering if this plan is for you. It works! Watch The Daniel Plan Kick Off, and the videos where Dr. and Mrs. Amen go through a kitchen to show us bad food choices and the video in which Dr. Hyman and Tana Amen demonstrate how to make healthy choice when grocery shopping.  Then clean out your kitchen to rid your house of all the bad foods.  Most of all, join or start a small group and getting moving physically.

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6 Responses to Chiquita Seals – An Inspiration to Us All – Lost 120 pounds!

  1. Jennifer Denison April 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    I know I need a different way of life. I recently was on Weight-Watchers & successfully lost 10 pounds in 4 weeks….
    only to put almost all of it back. Everything is an occassion with fattening food.(Everywhere I go) Does anybody else have that trap? I’m making a quiche today to test my abilities to cook with my husband. But it is made with Bacon, half & half and Jarlsbery cheese. There we go again. I know rich foods are bad but they are delicious, I’m on my way to starting this program as I read on. I’ll write again when I have cleaned out the Kitchen to start fresh. So far Dr. Hyman sounds top notch. This could work. My parents both have diabetes & I’m 20 – 30 pounds overweight. It seems as though I’m headed for a wreck if I don’t take the reigns now.

  2. Emma April 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I am doing this plan since Ash Wed. and so far I am doing great lose about 25# so far but I need to do more excerise but my reason is that I work 2 jobs and it take lot from me least for right now.I promise myself that I will do better but food that I eat is great I just need leave those nacho chip I eat lot veg and fruits.My girlfriend turn me onto this plan and I like so well I stay on it after 21 days.I feel good but I just got be strong on the salty food.I never would have thought that I go this long not eating meats and sweets..I don’t have any regret about this plan and I still feel good about myself.I will stay op long as I can just keep me in your prayer

  3. Marshella Whitehead July 20, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    I’m so proud of u and only hope I van get thru it as well as u have tc mf hagn … Could use ur support if u want to befriend me I’m just starting out here 🙂

  4. Debra Robinson-Esparza July 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    What is the Daniel Plan?

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