Challenges accepted — and conquered

Randie and Kathy Peters had long loved life on Kauai, but by their own words, had fallen into a rut.

“We were enjoying sitting back, relaxing, eating the wrong foods, and watching TV a little too much,” Kathy said. “We were not getting out and enjoying the island.”

That was about to change.

When Kathy turned 50, she decided to embark on an exercise regimen and lose weight.

“From age 50 to 51, I was frustrated,” she said. “Nothing worked. I had become an expert at not losing weight on numerous weight-loss programs.”

Then, her yoga instructor, Jane Riley, a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, shared Isagenix and the benefits behind the products.

“She also encouraged me to take a few before pictures, to document my journey and upload them into the Challenge,” Kathy said, “which I really did not understand. But I was so focused, I trusted her and did what she said.”

With an increasing number of failed weight-loss programs under her belt, Kathy was open-minded and seeking solutions.

“I was unknowingly probably starving myself, and overworking my body at the same time, and I was getting nowhere,” the 52-year-old said. ‘I had become an expert at not losing weight, and it was my nutrition that was the culprit.”

Within three days of being on the 30-day cleansing and fat burning system, Kathy said she started to feel better, inside and out.

“When I saw my initial before pictures I started to cry,” Kathy said. “They instantly became my motivation to get healthier. Anyone who thinks they don’t need to take a before picture should think again. It could be the game-changer you need.”

That was three Challenges ago. Her transformation has even been pictured in the 2013 and 2014 IsaBody Look Books.

Now, Peters has been chosen as an IsaBody Finalist for the IsaBody New Year’s Kickoff Challenge. She has been awarded several prizes for being a finalist, including $3,000, two all-expense paid trips to California and a Caribbean cruise for two.

She has a chance to win $25,000 in August, when 15 finalists will take the stage.

“We all know we’ve already won,” and my goal is to help anyone who wants to find the health they’ve been looking for,” she said.

Husband Randie is also a believer is the program. At 59, he considers himself in perhaps the best shape of his life thanks to Isabenix and exercise. He went from 180 pounds on his 5-11 frame to a toned and muscled 166 pounds.

“I feel stronger than I have,” he said.

He admitted having doubts about the program when Kathy started it — until he tried it, too.

Randie and Kathy work together at a local assisted living community. Since committing to Isagenix and working out on a regular basis, they’ve cut back on TV watching and late night meals, aren’t as tired as they once were, and spend more time together enjoying Kauai.

“Our happy hour now is our gym,” he said.

Kathy lost 28 pounds during her first Challenge.

“I was happy. I thought I was finished, so I considered myself in maintenance,” she said.

But something strange happened.

Before she could sign up for her second Challenge, she shed an additional 11 pounds, taking her slim 5-foot-2-inch physique down to a toned 114 pounds. At the end of her second Challenge, she dropped 3 additional pounds for a final weight of 111 pounds.

“The inches continued to melt off because I stayed true to my maintenance plan, and I had started to really dedicate myself to an exercise program,” Peters said.

The third Challenge made it all so rewarding by being selected as a finalist before the end of the year.

“I don’t use a scale often,” admits Kathy. “I rely on how my clothes fit and how I feel.”

Overall, Kathy has lost 39 pounds and 40 inches since starting her Isagenix journey.

The regimen that brought her success? Two shakes a day — unless she is running late, then Kathy reaches for an IsaLean Bar.

“I easily integrated Isagenix into my life. I was of the mindset that this was for life, so I wrapped my head around the concepts, and it worked.”

Kathy recently signed up for her fourth Challenge, which ends Feb. 28.

“The challenges provide accountability to myself and to others, and I want to walk along side everyone, doing what I am asking them to do,” she said.

Her goal: build more lean muscle.

“I see firsthand, every day, how things are for the elderly folks who took care of themselves,” she said. “They are leading active, vital lives, and I want that kind of healthy aging for me.”

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