Ann first learned about the program in 2008 from a friend in Sioux Falls who was losing weight very quickly. “I had her send me product and I lost 40 pounds.”
Ann is a registered nurse who graduated in 1973. She holds a master’s degree in counseling, and is a certified cardiovascular nurse. Most of her years in nursing have been in cardiac and nursing management. She and her husband John have two children, Steve (and his wife Nikki), and Kristin, and 3 grandchildren.
When did you decide to bring Ideal Protein to Spearfish? “People kept asking me what I had done. I referred them to Kathy (regional director in Sioux Falls) and she finally convinced me to open a clinic in Spearfish in 2009. The program continued to grow, expanding to the neighboring towns of Belle Fourche and Sturgis. The offices have since been consolidated to the one location in Spearfish.
Why do you do this? “The health benefits I see for clients.”
What have you gained from Ideal Protein training sessions? “The networking with other centers.”
Words of wisdom for dieters: “Don’t cheat.”
Her biggest challenge while on the program? “A long weekend with a high school girlfriend -- and I didn’t even cheat.”
Best tip? “Don’ cheat. You are only cheating yourself.”
Favorite Ideal Protein product: Chocolate drink
Biggest struggle in maintaining: “Keeping up with veggies and water. I love the new cookbook!”
What do you most want people to know about the program? “It is a lifestyle change.”
Dianna is a registered nurse with 47 years of experience in nursing -- 12 years in hospitals as well as working in nursing homes, management (as director of nursing for 22 years), and home health since 1995. She has specialty experience in geriatrics and diabetes education.
Dianna married her high school sweetheart in 1964 and has two children, 4 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She loves to oil paint, drive through the hills, and go camping.
Dianna works part-time at Ideal Way (since May 2011) every other Monday. She also fills in as needed other days. Dianna says she loves being with the clients and teaching and helping people. “It’s a fun job! You get to see such good results.” She is certified in Ideal Protein Level 2 and Level 3 training.
Personal success with Ideal Protein: After hearing about Ideal Protein from a good friend, Dianna decided to try the program. She lost more than 50 pounds.
Her word for dieters: “This is the best program ever, and I’ve been on many. The weight melts off.”
Her biggest challenge on the program: “It’s a challenge not to cheat. The trick of it is that you need to substitute special items for your treat, so when others have something special, you have something special too.”
Best tip for success on the program: “Use the puddings for cakes, and zucchini like baked apples.”
Favorite Ideal Protein product: “That’s tough -- I like it all. But the chocolate drink and the peanut butter crunch bar are my two favorites.”
Phrase to live by: “Let’s get it done.”
The only full-timer other than Ann, is Jan, who is not a nurse, but is certified through Ideal Protein’s national training as a health coach. Other duties include secretarial and editorial work (such as the company’s monthly newsletter and annual calendar). When it comes to family, Jan says she grew up in the kind of family she wishes everybody had. “And that’s continuing in my marriage.
Together Gary and I have 4 awesome daughters, 4 (also wonderful) sons-in-law, and 9 grandchildren who are too much fun!” Jan’s background includes having been a stay-at-home mom when her kids were little, and later 14 years as a newspaper reporter/photographer. She loves spending time with family, Jeeping, being outdoors, and taking photographs.
Jan’s been working at Ideal Way since May 2011 - “feeling blessed to be part of the team and amazed on a daily basis by the people who are so inspiring on their journey to get healthy - and stay healthy.” Like the nurses, Jan is certified at Levels 2 and 3 with Ideal Protein.
Personal success with Ideal Protein: Lost 55 pounds in 2010 - and went off 4 blood pressure medications.
Words of wisdom for dieters: “Have fun with it! You don’t have to suffer just because you’re on a diet. Too many people think dieting means the food has to taste terrible and you have to be hungry all the time. Not so! Try new veggies, look for recipes, ... And remember, Phase 1 is not forever. You’ll get back the foods you love. Hang in there. It’s so worth it!”
Biggest challenge: Avoiding the urge to revert to old habits.
Best tip? “Plan ahead!” Making a menu for the week makes all the difference for me, and preparing veggies in ready-to-go baggies or containers before I need them. Same goes for eating out: plan ahead! Think about what you can have, and don’t hesitate to ask how things are prepared. They’re very willing to hold the butter or meet your other needs.”
Favorite Ideal Protein product(s): “Chocolate drink (especially as hot chocolate), and the caramel nut bar.”