‘I Wasn’t Thinking About Being On a Diet’: Retired Teacher Loses 50 Pounds With Diet-to-Go

Waffles with Blueberry Cream Chese

Name: Nancy
Age: 85
Occupation: Retired teacher
Meal Plan: Balance 1,200
Favorite Meal: Waffles with Cream Cheese
Start-Date: April 2019
Starting Weight: 200
Height: 5’2”
Pounds Lost: 50 pounds
Activity Level: I haven’t been able to walk for 22 years, but I do love chair volleyball!
When I get a craving, my go-to trick is: I drink ice tea.

It’s hard to pinpoint a diet Nancy, a retired teacher living in Dallas, hasn’t tried—but there’s only one that has actually worked.

“Oh yeah, I’ve tried all of them; Weight Watchers, the Grapefruit Diet—any diet you can think of, I’ve done,” Nancy said. “I did well on all those, but then I’d get three pounds away from my goal and gain the weight back, plus some.”

Nancy, at 85 years old, said the key for her was finding a diet where she didn’t have to think about it. In spring 2019, she stumbled upon Diet-to-Go, ordered the No. 1-rated Balance Plan, and finally found exactly what she needed to shed 50 pounds—and keep the weight off.

“When I did Diet-to-Go, I didn’t have to count calories,” she said. “I didn’t have to do a thing except enjoy it. The thing about losing weight is, if you pay attention to, ‘Oh, I’m losing weight, I can’t eat this, I can’t eat that’…diets don’t work. That’s why I liked Diet-to-Go.”

Nancy has been unable to walk for the past 22 years, but said she lost about 1 pound a week eating Diet-to-Go meals.

“I love to cook, but when I cook, I can’t keep track of the calories easily,” she said. “That’s why I started with Diet-to-Go, because it was all done for me. It has a great menu. The food is almost restaurant quality; it’s a lot fresher than the other diets.”

Nancy added that Diet-to-Go plans are better for people who want to keep their calorie counts down while not being deprived of the foods they love.

“I wasn’t thinking about being on a diet,” she said. “It’s a whole new way of eating. I got this tiny brownie and I thought, ‘Who cares?’ I can eat four bites and it’s delicious. That’s what you have to do when you lose weight, you eat less of it and enjoy it more.”

Nancy said learning about portion size has helped her maintain her weight loss over the past two years, too.

“I care about how I feel, and at 85, I don’t take any medicine at all,” she said. “I feel great!”

That did not, however, stop her friends from noticing her success.

“After I’d lost quite a bit of weight, my friends would say, “Boy you look great. Have you lost a lot of weight?” And I’d say, “Yep,’” Nancy said. “When you’re 85, you don’t do as much. I’m not eating out a lot. I even used to dread it when a group of us would go out to eat, because I’d rather stay at home and eat my Diet-to-Go meals.”

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Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager

Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.


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