I signed up for Ellen’s workshop, not knowing what kind of results to expect, but hoping that I would discover a weight loss method that was more permanent than Weight Watchers. I had been down the WW path 3 times — what does that tell you? It doesn’t work! I was sure that one methodology could not possibly work for every woman, but I didn’t have a magic wand to discover what would work for me, so Ellen’s group workshop seemed a good choice.
I came into the workshop not expecting miracles but also being open-minded. Her way of teaching you how to modify your lifestyle toward healthier alternatives was truly different. She didn’t just give you the facts and numbers about food and exercise, she asked some very interesting and deep questions about us. Wow – now this was different – I actually had to take the time to think about what was going on in my life, in my head, in my heart. This was obviously a much more holistic and complete approach to health – the weekly weigh-in ritual was thrown out the window!
With Ellen’s positive, calm, and encouraging personality and patience, the group went through the process together, often helping each other through sharing our trials and tribulations and offering each other ideas and suggestions. It was a much more personal and meaningful experience than the room full of WW participants. No one felt put on the spot or embarrassed, we all felt comfortable.
At first, I saw no movement on that scale, but Ellen was behind me all the way in true coach fashion, and she never allowed me to get my spirits down. Then the change happened – and kept on going. The weight is coming off slowly, but it’s coming off. People are noticing! But beyond the vanity, is a new set of habits that keeps leading me down the correct path. And even though the clothes are loose and the compliments are coming, I was overjoyed to have the biggest thrill yet – a check on my blood pressure revealed that the numbers had come down and now, for the first time, I was able to have a conversation with my doctor regarding a goal to drastically reduce if not eliminate the need for BP medication. Wow! That was more than I had hoped for!
Could I have gotten this from reading a book? I believe not. Several times I had extra questions for Ellen or wanted to run something by her, outside of the workshop. She was always accessible, positive, motivating, and anxious to help however she could. I would heartily recommend her services to anyone who is not satisfied with their health status today. She is a truly caring person who wants to see everyone lead a long, healthy and happy life. I cannot thank her enough!
Susana Fonticoba, East Hanover, NJ