Clifton mom wins weight loss challenge

Amanda Avery of Grand Junction shows off her new figure after losing 66 pounds while participating in FreeLife International’s $1,000,000 TAIslim 90 Day Challenge.

Amanda Avery is pictured before losing 66 pounds in the FreeLife International $1,000,000 TAIslim 90 Day Challenge.

Twelve hundred calories and 30 to 45 minutes on the treadmill every day for 90 days earned Clifton resident Amanda Avery a slimmer waistline and a ticket to San Diego.

Avery, 38, is one of five winners of the TAIslim 90 Day Challenge who will travel to San Diego this Saturday through Tuesday as a reward from the company that makes TAIslim weight loss products for winning the contest.

Avery won the trip, which includes a night at a San Diego Padres baseball game, a makeover and a $1,000 shopping spree, after she lost 66 pounds in three months during the challenge. She lost the weight between Jan. 17 and April 15 by drinking TAIslim shakes for breakfast and lunch after seeing a Facebook posting from an estranged friend from high school who lives in Salt Lake City and lost weight using the same system.

“I approached it as, ‘I can do anything for 90 days,’ ” Avery said.

The friend and Avery have since reconnected and market TAIslim together as a side job. Avery also runs a home preschool and daycare.

Avery said she went from a size 20 to a size 10 and has lost nine more pounds since the end of the challenge. She showed off her new look earlier this month at a 20-year high school class reunion in Price, Utah.

“It was excellent. A lot of people there followed me on Facebook and were amazed,” she said.

Avery is the female winner for this round of the 90 Day Challenge, which means she was one of the 25 most successful challenge competitors among women. The field of 25 narrowed to three through online voting and a committee at FreeLife International, the company that makes TAIslim weight loss products, picked her as the top female winner. There is also a male winner, one pair of couples winners, and a winner who is picked at random from the second or third spot in one of the other categories.

Weight loss combined with a reduction in her cholesterol and blood pressure levels have inspired Avery to stick with diet and exercise. She said it cost her about $250 a month to take TAIslim and she gets packs for free now that she’s a challenge winner.

“Basically it’s like I’m a totally different person,” she said.


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