Challenge Champion Vicki Richardson: “I used to backpedal…now I run forward.”

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Weight-Loss Challenge Champion Vicki Richardson's before & after photosTwo years ago “adventure” was not a part of Vicki’s regular vocabulary. More than 100 lbs. overweight, she instead opted for using excuses.

“Last year a friend challenged me to lose weight and I told him no every day for five months,” says Vicki. “I gave every excuse: I don’t want your shakes; I don’t have the time; I don’t have the money…”

And as Vicki came up with different excuses, her reality stayed the same. Her weight prevented her from enjoying life.

“It was all about the little struggles every day, like trying to put on pants,” she says. “I avoided trips with friends and gave in to my fears. Fears like people staring at me or going to a theme park and not fitting into the seats.”

Her fears eventually turned into anger… then determination.

“Finally, I got sick of being overweight my entire life and I made the decision to change my eating habits and lifestyle,” says Vicki. “I started The Challenge, went to the gym, and initially lost 50 lbs. with the Transformation Kit.”

Although Vicki had a lot of weight to lose, she focused on achieving small, realistic goals.

“I had a big goal at the beginning of my Challenge and it was hard not to get overwhelmed,” she says. “So I turned my big goal into smaller chunks… and focused on losing 10 lbs. at a time. It was a lot easier that way.”

Weight-Loss Challenge Champion Vicki Richardson holds up an old pair of jeansLosing 10 lbs. at a time eventually brought her a huge win: At Vitality 2014, Vicki was crowned ViSalus’ new Challenge Champion in the Weight-Loss Female category!

“Winning that title was the greatest moment of my life,” she says. “I had never received a medal before so the medal meant the world to me. It symbolizes how much The Challenge has changed my life—how it’s transformed me in every way: Socially, financially, physically.”

Now, 110 lbs. lighter and with plans to lose 25 more and to also build 15 lbs. of lean muscle, Vicki is focused forward.

“I changed my life direction and I did it for me,” she says. “What keeps me motivated is continually seeing my results as well as going public and making myself accountable. My biggest goal is to run a marathon. I know I can do that because although I used to backpedal, I’m now moving forward—full speed ahead.”

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The 100-lb. Club recognizes ViSalus Customers and Promoters who achieve this remarkable milestone. However, relatively few persons can or should lose this amount of weight and ViSalus only supports this goal when it is the product of careful consideration and a responsible weight-loss program that includes exercise and healthy eating in conjunction with the tools and products offered by ViSalus. Persons aspiring to lose 100 lbs. or more should always consult first with their healthcare professionals.

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