I tried many different programs and, although I knew what I had to do, I could never stick with them. My cholesterol levels were high and my doctor was concerned about my health. Friends of mine were having gastric bypass and I started to think about going down that path. Then, last summer, a friend suggested I talk to Maria and start my journey to health. Since then, I’ve lost almost 100 pounds and, more than that, I have been able to recognize why I had bad habits and what I needed to do to change them. It has truly been a journey. It’s so much more than losing weight. It’s learning how to fuel my body (not just eat food) and how to manage my emotions in in the moment, while at the same time, having grace for myself. It’s about realizing that what I eat is a choice and not I “can’t have a cookie”. It’s about going day by day and embracing the good! My cholesterol levels are normal and at my yearly physical, my doctor was so happy and told me to keep doing what I’m doing! Thank you, Maria for helping me believe in myself!