They're Bringing Healthy Back

3 locals who achieved their health goals share how they lost weight, got stronger, became more flexible, overcame bad relationships with food, regained self-confidence and stayed motivated through it all.

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January 2021 Issue
Introduced by Erin Cline  |  Coordinated by Meredith M. Deal


According to a popular meme, the first rule of 2021 is to never talk about 2020.

Enticing proposal. However, we probably shouldn’t listen to a riff off of Brad Pitt’s line in Fight Club, especially since 2020 gave us a lot of material for making drastic changes. Maybe, instead, we could structure our 2021 game plan according to another classic 1999 film: The Matrix. Rather than trying to forget the past (as the meme jokingly suggests), we choose a mindset—like the red pill in The Matrix—to see necessary truths for knowing how to exponentially improve our lives.

Look at it this way: We can either bury the pile of memories from a year we’d love to forget, or use that plethora of experiences as opportunities for rising in life-altering, empowering ways.

The decision, of course, is yours. And you will not be judged for how you choose to move forward—at least not by us. Always do what’s best for you. But as you consider your options, our Q&A session with seven locals is here to help you decide.

These inspirational, determined people embraced their most disliked qualities to muster up grit for pursuing something grand: Health Transformation Goals. By facing their personal challenges and believing in the power of their strength and self-control, they achieved revitalizing results.

As you read through their stories, consider this for your own future: Are you going to follow the first rule of 2021, or choose a mindset for creating positive changes based on the truth?

Now, enough of the dated movie references. Here are our role models for being unstoppable this year!



Tammy GaultPYHealthy0121 Tammy
Darien, GA

My Challenge was:

To lose 100 pounds and regain my confidence.

What was your greatest motivator—the catalyst—that got you going?
To be around to raise my son. With my eating behavior, I was going down the road to nowhere, headed towards getting me sooner to the grave.  

For your plan, what was your timeframe
and what methods, services or products did you use?
I did not have a certain time frame to lose the weight, slow and steady won the race for me. I had lap band surgery at Georgia Coast Surgical done along with CoolSculpting, Vanquish and Exilis. Coolsculpting and Vanquish helped by the killing fat cells as I went along my journey, even in certain little areas. Coolsculpting freezes fat pockets. Vanquish, with its heat radio frequency, kills fat cells and brought down the volume in my thighs and abdomen. I used Exilis on my face for loose skin; it built my collagen and elastin back up to keep things firmer.  

How did you stay strong, positive,

and committed while pursuing your goal?
My husband, Eddie, and my friends and family were very supportive in my journey, especially in helping me keep my follow-up appointment times. Those Georgia Coast Surgical appointments with Dr. Kent are a must!

What were the easiest and hardest aspects
of your journey? Did you ever consider quitting?
If so, how did you bounce back?
The hardest part of my journey was all mental for me. You can’t go into weight loss surgery thinking it will be a cure-all. It’s not easy, and you must have your mind set and ready for a new lifestyle. All my lap band follow-up appointments helped to keep me accountable. And, I never considered quitting, as I am not a quitter.

What are the most exciting changes you’ve
noticed from this experience?
Self-confidence has been my number one exciting change, which has led me to be photographed more these days in smaller clothes sizes. It’s a great feeling shopping in the regular clothing department, rather than in the plus sizes!

What’s your best advice for others who are setting out to achieve their own personal goals?

Just Be You—and not who, or what, others want you to be.

Finally, what’s your biggest takeaway from his life-changing transformation?
My biggest takeaway would be loving myself like God loves me, flaws and all. I will always strive
to be ME!



Meghan DavisPYHealthy0121 Meghan
Brunswick, GA

My Challenge was:

To gain control over my health and my body.

What was your greatest motivator—
the catalyst—that got you going?
The catalyst for my health journey was going to see Dr. Bowen at Golden Isles Plastic Surgery about breast reduction surgery. After my consult, her words rang in my ears…”if you lost some weight, this surgery will be even more beneficial.” I had already been wanting to make changes in my life. This was the push I needed to get started and seek help.

For your plan, what was your timeframe, what methods and services did you use?

To reach my weight loss health goals, I reached out to a health coach. She helped me get started with an easy, convenient and structured nutrition plan to help achieve my goal of losing 60 pounds. I started the plan in May 2019, and reached my goal by October 2019, in time for my surgery with Dr. Bowen.

How did you stay strong, positive and committed while pursuing your goal?

I kept my “why” in mind. Yes, I wanted to be in better shape for surgery, but my overall reason for getting healthier was to be a better mom to my four kids and a better wife and friend. My health coach gave me the tools I needed to make lifelong changes, starting with a healthy mind and also connected me to a positive and supportive community that has changed my life.

What were the easiest and hardest aspects of your journey? Did you ever consider quitting?
If so, how did you bounce back?
Not any part of this journey was easy. Worth it? YES! I wanted to quit many times, but in the midst of my journey to better health, I decided I wanted to help other people discover what I’d found, so I became a certified health coach. This decision, to help guide other people to their goals, kept me accountable in my own journey and has been so rewarding! Bouncing back from setbacks along the way is always easier (and more fun) when you have a community you can lean into. Linking arms with folks headed in the same direction continues to be what keeps me moving forward.

What are the most exciting changes you’ve
noticed from this experience?
My kids tell me I smile more, and my husband has told me he is thankful to have his wife back. These reactions, from the ones I love most, have been the most exciting.  I sleep better, I have more energy and mental clarity. Now at age 42, I FINALLY feel confident and fantastic in my own skin.  

What’s your best advice for others who are setting out to achieve their own personal goals?

My advice is to ask for help! I’m so thankful I reached out to someone who had walked the path before. This was the game-changer for me. I’m even more thankful that I decided to pay it forward and help others now, exactly the same way.

Finally, what’s your biggest takeaway from this life-changing transformation?

My health transformation continues to be a journey. I’ll never be done learning and growing to become the best me I can. My healthier body was only the beginning. The transformation to a healthier mind keeps me going every day! I’m so thankful I found a program with the tools that have changed my life, my family, and so many I love and care about!


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Stephanie Giles Reed
Brunswick, GA


My Challenge was:

To get healthy, get my energy back, lose weight, lower my blood pressure and avoid becoming diabetic.

What was your greatest motivator—
the catalyst—that got you going?
At my annual physical last February, my weight, blood pressure and not having any energy was the last straw. I was not going to be listed as high risk another year.  

I had put on over 80 pounds in 6 years and felt horrible. It was like I was falling apart. I was very emotional. I had let myself down. Nothing else I tried had really worked: Diet pills, low-carb, walking, watching what I ate. Then I found Metabolic Research Center and knew a few people who had gone and had good results. I knew I had to do something, at age 47, it wasn’t going to get any easier the longer I waited.

For your plan, what was your timeframe and what methods, services or products did you use?

No timeframe really. I just wanted to have some weight off before my next yearly physical. I knew it wouldn’t be a quick fix. My husband, Bill, and I both joined Metabolic Research Center for each other’s support, to make changes to help us both to get healthy. What did we have to lose, except weight? We do twice weekly weigh-ins at MRC, use their  supplements & vitamins, eat from a healthy food list and journal everything we eat.

How did you stay strong, positive,
and committed while pursuing your goal?
By seeing results in lost weight, inches, in my clothes, and by having more energy. Going into MRC for twice weekly weigh-ins and getting support from Mandy, the Center’s consultant, has been a life saver for me. Even when I have a bad week, her advice and support are just the best.

What were the easiest and hardest aspects of your journey? Did you ever consider quitting?
I never felt like quitting, it’s not an option for me or Bill. The easiest things I learned were what foods you should and shouldn’t eat. Using My Fitness Pal app to track calories, serving sizes and everything else, including exercise, has been important, and I love and hate my treadmill, so I watch movies and TV while on “The Mill”.

What are the most exciting changes you’ve noticed from this experience?

My exciting changes are my energy level and seeing my results in the mirror, along with my clothes (almost literally) falling off! And even my skin is looking healthier. I am now much happier in my body!

What’s your best advice for others who are setting out to achieve their own personal goals?
Make the call for you, ONLY YOU!

Finally, what’s your biggest takeaway from his life-changing transformation?

The knowledge of what food can and can’t do for and to your body. My journey has been a wonderful learning experience, with tons of information and motivation from everyone at Metabolic Research Center. At first, I did not want to tell anyone I had to go get help, but then thought maybe my experience  can help someone else. I still have a few pounds to meet my goal, but I will succeed!

Total Weight Loss: 49 lbs. and Total Inches Lost: 39 inches all over so far!

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