Angi's Success Snapshot

This is my story of finally finding a solution to my lifelong struggle with my weight and yoyo dieting. I grew up in a family that loved to eat good food. Food was comfort and my Mom was and still is a great cook. I was always a bit chunky as a child but I settled into a comfortable 150lbs around high school. Although I wanted to be thinner I settled because I liked to eat.

My first big success with weight loss was in my early 20s. 

I bought an Oprah Winfrey book where she chronicled her training and completion of the Chicago Marathon. I was inspired! I used Oprah’s book like a blueprint and lost over 20 pounds. 

Soon after that I took a job in a hair salon while I was attending college. My boss, at the hair salon ran marathons and competed in triathlons. I could not wait to join her. I ran 3 marathons and competed in many sprint triathlons between 1997 - 2001. I spent my mornings before work running, biking, and swimming; weekends were for long runs. 

Despite all the exercise, I struggled to manage my weight as 2-3 hour workouts meant I could eat burgers and ice cream sundaes. Which was great on days I did 2-3 hour workouts. But on days that I didn’t my huge appetite did not serve me well. 

I tried many different diet systems at this time.

Weight Watchers, Low Carb, Weight Loss Centers, lots of laxatives, you name it I tried it. 

My 30’s were all about having my kids and the struggle with weight got even more challenging. After each pregnancy I held onto more and more weight. By my third child I had put on 20 pounds that I could not shake. I went to the gym and exercised as I could manage but no matter what I did I could not get the weight off. 

Counting calories used to work. I would log all my food and keep meticulous track of my 1200 calories a day but it didn’t yield results anymore. If it were only the weight, I probably cou

ld have settled into my skin and settled. But it affected every area of my life. 

I was constantly obsessing about what I should or should not eat. Getting dressed was a miserable experience. I never felt like anything in my closet fit or looked good. My obsessing over weight, food and body image was all consuming. 

I have three beautiful healthy kids, a great husband, and a very blessed life. I was wasting my time obsessing about food and diets and  missing out on all the joys of the family I have worked so hard for. I was fueling my body with pizza and diet coke, snacking on goldfish and pirate booty. My body and my mind were in a very bad place.

Then the Universe provided! 

At my daughters Monday afternoon dance class I met a woman, Kim Aliprantis. You know how Mom’s talk while waiting for their kids? I shared that I “used to run marathons but probably wouldn’t be able to do another one.” Kim said she might have something that would work for me if I was open to checking it out. 

A week later I bought my first Isagenix 30 day system. I started slow. I wasn’t really into Isagenix at the beginning. I was afraid it was “one of those things.” I had a weekend away with my friends planned and I did not want to follow a nutrition system. I was heavy and uncomfortable. I watched every skinny person I knew to see what they were eating. Maybe if I copied them I’d feel better? 

After 5 weeks of sitting next to Kim on that brown couch at dance and accomplishing nothing I finally had enough. I asked her for help and this time I was ready to follow her lead. After 2 weeks of Nutritional Cleansing I felt really good. The weight was coming off; I began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I did workout videos in my basement before work and the results were beginning to show. My clothes felt great, I wasn’t crashing at 4pm anymore, I had energy to last the entire day. 

After a few months I started running again. In October 2016, one year after I began my Isagenix journey I completed my first marathon in 10 years marathon. I ran faster than two of my previous marathons I had completed in my 20s. 

I am proud to say at 42 years old I finished with a respectable 4:32 time and my husband and kids were at the finish line to cheer me on. Completing the marathon was an amazing experience and one that I will cherish for a long time. 

But the real journey has been overcoming a life long struggle to maintain a healthy weight.

The real accomplishment has been that I can now share this amazing system that I use daily with people, just like me, men and women who think that their time has passed or they will never find a solution. I’ve shared my story with friends, family, and strangers and in the process I’ve been able to link arms with thousands of people as they pursue their dreams. 

Angi MacDonnell

If you are interested in getting in touch with Angi here's where you can reach her: angimacdonnell@gmail.com!