Eve M.

When hit with the wake-up call of being diagnosed as a prediabetic, Joy's program helped Eve to take control of her weight, and her health!



Age: 42
Height: 5'5"
Starting weight: 166.5 pounds
Current weight: 140 pounds
Goal weight: 135
Pounds lost: 26.5 pounds

Diabetes has run in Eve’s family for decades, so she knew that with age would come some health problems. But when Eve was diagnosed as a prediabetic in October of 2010 at the age of 38, it was a huge wake-up call. She wasn’t ready to start dealing with serious health issues at such a young age and knew that it was time to make changes.

Aware that her weight and eating habits were playing a major role in her health issues, Eve was ready to finally take control. She knew that committing to a healthy eating plan and regular exercise could reduce, and even eliminate, her health problems. When she was selected as one of 12 women to participate in Joy’s Woman’s Day Slimdown Challenge, she jumped at the chance and never looked back.

While Eve did have some difficulty staying motivated to exercise every day and resist her food cravings, getting to know Joy, her staff, and the other challengers provided just the type of support system she needed.

Eve stresses that Joy’s weight loss program isn’t so much a diet as it is a healthy lifestyle plan, which made it easy for her to follow. She not only learned positive eating habits, but also changed the way she thought about food. Her tip for others trying to lose weight? “Don’t deprive yourself of cravings or sweets,” she says. “Take the time to learn how to modify your favorite recipes, and always use portion control.” Before getting healthy, Eve loved popcorn. And she still eats it! But instead of going for the high-calorie options loaded with butter, she buys 100-calorie packs at the grocery store. “[These] are an awesome way to snack because it is already portion controlled for you so you don’t have to worry about overindulging,” she says.

She picked other healthy habits, too. “I like to keep my vegetables precut in the refrigerator for easy access, and I always try to have a water bottle with me everywhere I go,” she says. “I try not to grocery shop on an empty stomach. and I eat salads every night before dinner. When I am at parties, I try to stay away from dips and fried foods.”

Since losing over 25 pounds, Eve is receiving compliments left and right. But her favorite thing to hear is that she looks healthy — because it means she achieved the goal she had initially set!

*Weight loss varies by individual. You may not achieve these results.