Success Story
Janelle's Story

Diana, where do I even begin to thank you? l owe you so much for everything you have done for me. Shall we start with a little recap?

Let's go back two years ago. Before I had met you, Denise Bovine kept telling me that you were fantastic and that I had to meet you. At the time, I didn't quite realize how fantastic. I had just gotten back from China and she wanted me to go to her place so that we could discuss the nutrition plan she was following with you.

I tended to resist when people asked me to do things when it came to nutrition and to fitness, but since it was Denise I couldn't say no. I went to her place and she tried to explain to me the SANO program. I was thinking to myself how crazy difficult it must be to follow. After a few weeks of my mother and Denise encouraging/pushing me, I finally agreed to go meet you.

But of course, I wanted nothing to do with booking the appointment or figuring out how everything worked. My mother had to do it for me. Indeed she did. I think back and realize how desperate she must have been for me to lose weight.

I remember the first day I met you with my mom for our free assessment. I remember crying and realizing for the first time how unhappy I was. After our first meeting, I realized that I liked what you had to say and your philosophy.

I tended to resist when people asked me to do things when it came to nutrition and to fitness...

Another big part of why I liked you was that I didn't feel like you were judging me because you had been through so many hardships yourself.

Of course, after our first meeting I didn't realize how difficult things were for you, but I did know that you were (and still are) a woman who had to work for everything she's got. Things weren't simply handed to you.

I just remember thinking that no matter what I did that you were never going to give up on me. That was the best feeling in the world.

The routine then began. Our visits on Tuesday evenings were set. You taught me the program and I listened carefully. You showed me the test tubes of salt and fat and you changed the way I viewed hot dogs forever. I remember we started by changing over my breakfast; which by the way was the easiest to change over. Then came lunch, which was okay because I could still have junk for dinner. But then we had the grandiose task of changing over my dinners. Oh boy! That was difficult. It meant no more McDonald's or any other foods I was addicted to.

I don't quite remember the day you managed to convince me to stop eating McDonald's, but boy did I ever go through withdrawals. Could you imagine what my body was going through with all that junk circulating? Disgusting! But we managed without it and I was starting to see the light.

After that, I was on a roll and it felt great. I worked out a bit and lost a considerable amount of weight. That was great and so much fun! Going down from a size 24 to a size 14, oh that was a wonderful feeling. Everyone's compliments helped me realize that I was changing and becoming a more beautiful and confident person. Then came the summer of 2011; the entrance of Darryl. He did teach me how to run and lift weights, but that made me cocky. And for some reason I didn't think I needed to eat as properly because I was working out so hard. Of course, some weight came back on, but you didn't seem to lose focus (unlike myself). I just remember thinking that no matter what I did that you were never going to give up on me. That was the best feeling in the world. So the trio was cut to a duo.

With nutrition back on track, things started moving again. There was no denying what I had to do; I just had to actually do it. There were many slip ups and many frustrating weeks. And those frustrating weeks may not be over, but at least now I know how to deal with them. When August arrived it was crunch time. I guess a little pressure was what I needed to get there; to finally lose the 100 pounds, to finally achieve the goal we set a year and a half ago. I don't know how, but somehow we managed to pull it off. By the way, I'll never forget how happy you were for me when I told you I was selected for the makeover. The look on your face showed how proud you were (and are) of me. You were right; the makeover was a great way to finish the transformation.

I stand here before you a completely transformed woman; a much happier, confident and beautiful woman. l owe SO MUCH of that to you. I truly couldn't have done it without you. I know that if I had not met you a few years ago, that I would still be that shy, unhappy, sedentary and kind of lifeless person. You have made all of this come true and I cannot thank you enough. The day I met you was one of the best days of my life. I know you are my nutrition therapist, but you have become my friend and someone I would (and have) trusted with my life. I don't know how I could repay you. Somehow I need to find that million dollars that l owe you!

Diana Esposito, you are one of a kind and are truly an amazing person.

Thank you for everything and thank you so much for attending today's celebration. It's as much your celebration as it is mine.

Celebrate! Enjoy! And indulge in kale chips!

Lots of love,
Janelle Fournier

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