Woman says she lost almost 100 pounds because of family and friends

Posted at 4:01 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 17:50:23-04

Rhonda Oksman was given medication and told to lose weight.

"Back in 2014, I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic. I had lost my father and basically consoled myself with food," she said. 

That's when her weight loss journey began.

"My first 30 days were not so difficult, I think I just did not allow the roadblock to stand in front of me and I made really good choices. I lost 15 pounds and that propelled me to keep moving."

Since then, she's lost almost 100 pounds, thanks to support from family and friends. 

"If you're on the same healthy path that I am on, your conversations become different, because you're talking about a healthy recipe or talking about a new milestone you set in your exercising," Oksman said.

It inspired her to become a health coach and help other women lose weight.

"Tell everybody you know that you're focused on getting healthy. if they know, they tend to keep you more accountable," she said.

Brendan Kehde, an integrative health coach with Jupiter Medical Center, says the right type of support is key.

"When you're eating a diet that is different from everybody else around you, then that becomes the focus of the topic. And that can be uncomfortable. It can be uncomfortable to be different and you can feel alone. And that can make it difficult to sustain change long term," Kehde said.

It's about choosing the right people in your inner circle that will encourage you on your journey.

"It's a struggle that I don't think will ever change in my life, but I get to choose me and I get to choose healthy and it's not a bad way to choose," Oksman said.

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