Sonia Russo has struggled with her weight for most of her life. Childhood experiences coupled with the loss of her high school sweetheart created a pattern of bad habits that followed her for over a decade.

Before she knew it, the single mother was 35 years old and weighed 135.7 kilograms, and her son Dylan had already turned 12. Sonia had no idea of the damage she had done to her body until she saw a photo of herself at her nephew’s Christening. “When I saw that picture, I broke down to my sister and asked her ‘why didn’t you tell me I was this fat?’ As sad as it sounds, I couldn’t even tie my own shoes.”

Sonia was at a loss with how to resurrect her health until she came across an incredible weight-loss post on Facebook. “After spending years hiding from people, I took a deep breath and messaged this complete stranger about Isagenix®. Little did I know that it would be the conversation that changed my life,” she says. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into, and I was so nervous it felt like my heart was beating out of my chest.”

“My health and wellness journey with Isagenix began on 5 December 2016 with a 30-Day Weight Loss System, and I was so determined to make it work, and boy did it work!” she exclaims. “Not only did I lose weight, but I now look and feel amazing! In one short year, through good nutrition and exercise, I managed to release 47 kilograms and have dropped so many dress sizes. Reaching the 100 Pound Club means that my son and I can both fit into a pair of my old trousers!”

Like many of our 100 Pound Club members, Sonia’s health and wellness is about more than just the new number she sees on the scales each day. “I no longer have anything to hide, and I feel like I’ve retaken control of my life and my confidence is booming. There is a smile on my face every day,” she says. “The negative thoughts that once haunted me are so far gone and have been replaced by the people who stop me on the street and pass on heartfelt compliments about how great I look.”

The person most proud of Sonia’s transformation is Dylan, who has been her number one supporter every step of the way. “Dylan loves the fact that he can wrap his arms around me and he also enjoys having an IsaLean™ Bar after exercise just like me,” she says. “I am now the mother I always knew I could be with so much  more time and energy to go to the park and swim with my son.”

“I still have health goals that I’m striving towards,” says Sonia. “I’m already a stronger and happier person, and I’ve made some amazing friends from this experience, and for that, I can’t thank Isagenix enough!”

Weight-loss results depicted here should not be construed as typical or average. In a study performed in 2012 by University at Chicago researchers, subjects lost an average of 4.1 kg with an average of 0.9 kg of the loss from visceral fat after 30 days on an Isagenix System. The subjects also had a greater level of adherence and had more consistent weight loss from week to week compared to subjects on a traditional diet. Always consult your GP before making any dietary changes or starting any nutrition, weight-loss or exercise program.