Local San Diegans Lose Combined 170 Pounds and Share Success Stories at Local Event

San Diego locals were able to lose a combined 170 pounds after years of struggling. Here they share their stories - how they got there and how they keep fit - in hopes of inspiring others.

Editor's Note: The following blog post was authored by Greg and Kelly, and submitted on their behalf.


Have you ever been frustrated with your health? You’ve tried working out more, eating less,or the latest fad diet, but nothing works. Over 10 years ago, I weighed 233 pounds and had a BMI of 32. My life was totally out of balance. I was so heavy, I couldn’t even surf—something that I love!

I hired a trainer and worked out five days a week for a year, but the scale didn’t move. I attended a local seminar and met Dr. Wayne Andersen, who explained how the support of a health coach combined with the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan and healthy habits could help me lose weight and learn to keep it off. I lost over 50 pounds and have kept it off for over 10 years. The best part is that my partner, Whitney Kell, and I are paying it forward by helping others lose weight and gain health, like Kelly Swanson.


I was at 271 pounds and had given up on ever losing the weight. Every time I went on a diet, I would lose 20 pounds in three months and gain 30 back in two months. I had resigned myself to being the nice, fat girl. What I didn’t realize at the time was how much of myself I had given up on. Over the years, I had become a hermit; I just didn’t like being the biggest person in every room.

Then, I learned about Take Shape For Life from my doctor. With the support of a health coach and the Medifast 5 & 1 Plan, I lost 115 pounds. I honestly feel better now at 52 than I did in my 20s!


There are keys to our long-term success. Kelly and I follow the BeSlim philosophy:

Breakfast: Eat a healthy breakfast within 30 minutes of waking to get your metabolism going

Exercise: Find an activity that gets you moving and your heart pumping

Support: Find a coach, family, friend, or co-worker to support you on your weight-loss journey

Low Glycemic Meals: Have a low-glycemic meal 5-6 times per day

Individualized Plan: Find a plan that works for you and customize to fit your life

Monitor: Monitor your weight and measurements once a week

On January 17-19, Whitney and I will co-host an event with Dr. Andersen to talk about habits of health and share weight-loss success stories. For details, visit this website or contact me at (760) 230-2241 or greg@teamtsfl.com.

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