Cheryl Wayne (63-year-old VP, human resources)
I met Jerzy and Aniela just before my 60th birthday, and I was not very happy about the approaching milestone. I was 40 pounds overweight, working a 60 to 70 hour week, feeling old and tired, and convinced it was over for me. For most of my life I had been athletic; I rode horses, and had always felt young for my age, but somehow, somewhere along the way, I had lost my spirit and my health.
The day I walked into the Gregorek’s home and met my new coaches, I must admit I was a little tentative. I did not know that day that this was something very different from all the workout programs I had suffered through and all the diets I had been on over the years. None of them had worked. Here I sat looking at these two quiet people; looking at their very simple workout plan, and not realizing this would be a transforming journey for me that would ultimately and literally save my life.
At the beginning of my Happy Body journey, I had my ups and downs and my set backs, but the workout was not hard. In fact I found it addictive because it felt so good. But the workout is just one element of the program, and if it were so easy, we would all have happy bodies. The coaching sessions with Aniela and Jerzy were where I met my demons. I had all the well-crafted excuses – I had dragged them with me through the last 10 years and 40 pounds, and I was very good at using them. Or so I thought. When I would meet with them, I realized they were not letting me off the hook, and they were not going to abandon me to my resistance.
The physical results from working The Happy Body program were beyond my imagination. I went from a size 14 to a size 10. Emotionally, I learned to thrive. I learned to quiet my mind, focus, and take back my personal power. In fact, one year later I was promoted to the position of vice president at work.
All of this is wonderful, but as I said before, The Happy Body program literally saved my life. Here’s how: A year after I joined the program, I took an extended trip to the French countryside. I was in such good physical shape that I was looking forward to hiking, canoeing, and living it up. I did not look like a 60-year-old – not even close – and I was really excited about this trip.
After two wonderful weeks in France, I was preparing for my return trip home the following day when I became suddenly and violently ill. I had never experienced anything like it in my life, and my husband and I were very scared. We could not leave the next day with our friends, and I was taken to a village doctor. A few days later, I was finally just well enough to travel, so we returned to the U.S. But upon my return, I was still so weak that I went to see my doctor, who ran a few tests to determine what was wrong.
The next day I received an urgent call. The doctor wanted to see me again immediately. She informed me of my test results. I had apparently contracted a deadly case of salmonella poisoning while on vacation. The levels of infection in my body were still so alarmingly high she found it hard to understand how I had survived my ordeal. She went on to say that at my age, and with the severity of the poisoning, it was a miracle I had lived through this. According to her, it was only because I was so incredibly healthy and fit, that I survived – an average 60 year old would have died.
For this and so many healthy reasons, I am forever devoted to the principles of The Happy Body and grateful to Aniela and Jerzy.