Project Me : Next Step : Nature Made Multi-Vitamins

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I wasn’t always a vitamin pusher. I have always known they were good for you and I knew I should take them, but it seemed like such a hassle to remember to take them and, heck, they were huge horse pills… right?

In 2003 I made a life changing decision to take control of the direction I was going. I was nearing the 400 pound mark on the scale, I didn’t have much energy to play with my kids and just walking up a flight of stairs I would have to stop and catch my breath.


I made an entire lifestyle change. I call it “Project Me”. I changed what, how much and how often I ate, I changed the way and frequency that I “moved” and I started to take a daily vitamin to maintain my health. I noticed a few major changes. The scale was starting to move in the direction I wanted it to, I had more energy and mentally I had more focus.

There was a period of time that I “forgot” to take my daily multi-vitamin. A few things changed for me almost immediately. I noticed that it took a little more effort to focus, or stay sharp. My energy levels were lower and I just felt like physically something was missing.


Although my weight has fluctuated some over the years, I am now more in control. I eat a mostly vegetarian diet now, but I am sure there are some days I don’t get enough of every nutrient. Really, how many of us eat a completely balanced diet every day? I still need a daily multi-vitamin to maintain mental and physical well being, to combat stress, and I’ve even heard that a daily multi can help reduce your chances for cardiovascular disease and cancer. So I’ve made it part of my morning routine, alongside my coffee and computer. How about you?

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Nature Made and received promotional items to thank me for taking the time to participate. Vote for my entry at between 9/20/11 and noon (PT) 9/26/11.”


  1. julie anne miller says

    Ok…As soon as I get off this couch I’m gonna go look for my vitamins!!! Thanks for sharing this!!! Your lookin good!!

  2. Leslie Galloway says

    keep it up… you look awesome! what an inspiration

    • Thanks Leslie! It helps to have you guys to be accountable to :O)

  3. Lacey Henry says

    AMAZING! You look great! What an inspiration! It shows that hard work pays off in sooo many ways!! All I can say is WOW! Keep up the great work! What an amazing gift to your children!

    • Thank you so much Lacey :O). I’m not done with “me” just yet, but as my mentor at Nutrisystem says… “It’s a journey, not a race.”

  4. Your story is amazing and inspiring. You look beautiful! I have so much more energy when I take vitamins, too. I don’t know what I’d do without them.

  5. way to go, you look great!! I try to take my daily multi vitamen, i’ve been slacking lately 🙁 i also like to try taking a flax seed vitamen, have you tried that one?

    • We haven’t tried the flax seed vitamin, but my husband grinds fresh flax seed and puts it in his oatmeal every morning. He loves it!

  6. Delano says

    Looks like they work

  7. Jeanne Medina says

    You look fantastic! You must feel so freed! I can’t wait to lose weight, and feel better.

    • Thanks Jeanne… yes, I do feel so much better. I would love to lose another 50… but slow and steady wins the race, right? As long as the scale is moving in the downwards direction I am a happy girl. I’m here if you need an ear!

  8. Perla Viveros says

    wooow, You look great! te ves muy linda.

  9. Amber Dyer Atwat says

    I started doing this myself i have lost almost 40 pds its made me feel better all over keep up the good work

    • Congrats Amber! I am surprised how many people that are commenting are saying similar. Hopefully when the winter clothes shed next spring we’ll surprised EVERYONE ;O)

  10. Julie H says

    as a cancer survivor I am bad about not taking my vitamins and calcium and I lie to my mom about taking them you are motivatingme to get my act together and take my pills !!
    thanks julie

  11. I want to take good multi-vitamins, but so many of them just wreck my stomach. My husband takes them, though. I’ve even tried taking them with food or milk and I still can’t do it.

  12. Gina H. says

    You are an inspiration! 🙂

  13. Wow! You look fabulous 🙂

    As for weight issues, I completely understand the struggle. I have had a lot of the same issues. During a recent doctor visit, I tipped the scales at 320lbs (my heaviest weight yet) and realized I’m nearing 40 I needed to make a lifestyle change and fast! Now that I’m eating smarter, I have already begun to lose weight and feel better already.

    Now I just need to remember to take my multi-vitamins!

    Thank you for sharing your story and photos.

  14. Kathy O says

    You look grea! Thanks for the reminder of the importance of vitamins when dieting. I’ve been slacking off.

  15. You look great! I have been able to keep my cholesterol down by taking omega 3 and taking vitamin b12 to give me more energy. I can feel a difference when I do not take them so I try to always remember.

  16. angie says

    WOW! amazing! I am just like you were in 2003….pushing that 400lb mark and very unhappy. You are an inspiration to me! Thanks so much for this post. I will bookmark it and use it frequently in my search for the real me under all this fat. xoxo

  17. You look so good!

  18. Paula Lee says

    Looking good!! Keep on inspiring 🙂

  19. Carrie Floyd says

    Congratulations on your weight loss. You look amazing! I always make sure my son gets his vitamin every day but I don’t do the same for myself. I guess I should start taking mine too!

  20. Tanaya Syx says

    That’s great!! I take a prenatal vitamin every day. Even when I am not pregnant or nursing because if I were to get pregnant, it is that time very early in the pregnancy when Folic Acid is so important.

  21. Colleen Maurina says

    I always forget to take my daily vitamin. You are truly an inspiration and you should be very proud of yourself! You look fabulous! I also need to try harder to eat healthier and lose some weight.

  22. Lynda Clark says

    I need to lose about 100 pounds and it always seems like such a chore to take vitamins, especially the big horse pills. Your post has motivated me to get back on track and you look fabulous.

  23. Jessica Peeling says

    Great job! Maybe I need to remember to take my vitamins every day once again..I was for a few months, don’t know what happened.

  24. I have my vitamins at work in my desk and since I’m at work 5 days a week I take them those days. I usually forget to take them on weekends but it’s only two days so it’s not that bad……btw you look great!

  25. I need to start taking mine again. I always start being healthier and it lasts a week or two and I go back to being a couch potato not taking my vitamins lol

  26. Melissa Lawler says

    Unfortunately, I have been advised not to take any supplements. In May I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and supplements could actually make me bleed more. But, good for you! You look great!

  27. Zenaida says

    Keep up the wonderful work. I take vitamins daily. Most importantly Citracal for calcium and Vitamin D.

  28. Rosie Richter says

    Heather, you have come a long way baby! You look fantastic, and I love reading your postings! You are such a wonderful writer. p.s., I also take Nature made vitamins.

  29. Denise Taylor says

    Wow you look so different from one set of pictures to the next. Congrats on your weight loss.

  30. You look great and good for you! I eat an exceptionally balanced diet, but I supplement with vitamins and make sure my family takes them, too. Naturemade is a great brand.

  31. Audrey Griffis says

    wow you look fablous keep up the good work

  32. Kari Howell says

    Congratulations! You are doing fantastic!!!!!

  33. Ginger Ramage says

    Good for you! You look awesome! My baby girl is almost 4 months old, so I am still taking prenatal vitamins. Keep up the good work!

  34. Dawn Walsh says

    This is awesome Keep up the good work. I’m joining ya without the pics

  35. DeeAnn S says

    I’ve been taking vitamins and mineral suppliments for years, and believe they help keep me health. As you say, we don’t always eat healthy, so a daily dose of “help” doesn’t hurt. Good luck with Project Me.

  36. Teri says

    First I want to say you look fabulous! I am pushing the 270 mark and want to cry just thinking about it. I am even considering weight loss surgery at this point. Of course if I select that option, a multivitamin will become a part of my everyday life. Though I am sure I should already be doing this now. Thank you for sharing this post. It really made me smile in knowing that all things are possible.

  37. Annie says

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing your journey with us!

  38. Leona Evans says

    Looks like you are doing a great job. I am not. I couldn’t tell you the last time I took a vitamin.

  39. Jessica Bradley says

    You look great!! Congrats on your lifestyle change!!

  40. amy v says

    WOW! Good for you!! About 6 yrs ago I too made a lifestyle change. I lost the excess weight and have kept it off! I went from coach potato to healthy and have never been healthier/happier! 🙂

  41. janet says

    You look great!! Come check out my journey on my Fatty Friday posts!! Doesn’t it just feel good to get healthy??!! I’m not there yet…but I’m feeling much better!!

  42. Amo says

    You look wonderful! So great for you! I try to take a Vitamin D3 vitamin everyday, but I don’t always remember! 🙂

  43. Shelly Peterson says

    Heather you look awesome! Congrats on the weight loss! You should be so proud of yourself. I struggle with my weight and wish I had the will power to do what you have done. I usually don’t have a lot of energy, maybe I should start taking some vitamins to see if that might help. Keep up the the great work 🙂

  44. Tiffany U says

    wow the change is so overwhelmingly evident…I mean even your hair is shinier! I didnt think about taking vitamins until recently when I was post partum and figured Id just keep on taking vitamins instead of stopping like I had in the past. As moms we tend to put ourselves last and Im glad youve put this out there for other moms to realize that just like we make our kids take their vitamins that they are beneficial to us too(and ultimately our kids who get to have a healthier us around longer).

  45. Margaret Porter says

    Wow that is an awesome change. My weight is an issue too. Maybe I need to follow your lead. 🙂

  46. Janet W. says

    Wow! Looking great! It goes to show how eating right can make SUCH a drastic change!

  47. tina mcgraw says

    i have always wondered about vitamins and if they do help at all. i always figured we got what we needed from the food we ate – concerning vitamins. it is something i should look into. i could def use more energy!

  48. Katie says

    It’s nice to see a real person and a real photo. I love your transition and I myself have taken a few vitamins but I slack off quite a bit. Keep up the good work – your inspiring!

  49. Wow you look like you have lost a lot of lbs keep up the good work. Vitamins are really good for you too

  50. Amy says

    Congrats! You look fantastic! Keep up the good work!

  51. Wow, what a transformation! Congrats 🙂 I take my vitamins daily, and try to eat a balance meal every day (okay, maybe I sneak in dessert every now and then). My son needs me these next 18 years (and longer!), and I want to be around as long as I can for him. Staying healthy is key!

  52. Stephanie Mago-Eagle says

    WOW you look great & look more healthy…I also take vitamins as I have to cause I have defecencies in my b vitamins & my blood work is better then it has ever been

  53. erika weyandt says

    keep up your good work

  54. Julie Witt says

    Wow! You look terrific!! Congratulations! I haven’t been taking my daily vitamin for the past couple of months, but since you have reminded me, and reminded me how much better a person feels when taking them, I am going to go out today and get mine! I have always bought Nature Made vitamins because I just trust them more than any other company, and I’m really glad to hear you talk about how important vitamins are when you are trying to feel your best 🙂 You are an inspiration to me!

  55. erika weyandt says

    thank you for doing he giveaways

  56. Jenn Fox says

    I think vitamins are sooooo important! That is one thing I always have my kids take every morning!

  57. Congrats on such a significant weight loss. I’ve been battling being overweight/obese most of my life and understand how hard that is. Unfortunately because of chronic hypoglycemia and Hashimoto’s disease, I cannot limit my diet too much, in caloric intake or types of food I eat. Cutting out soda made the biggest difference for me. Any lifestyle change like that is hard, so pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

  58. Sara Borene says

    Congratulations! I have struggled with my weight throughout my life… up and down up and down up, up, up and down… lol. You are an inspiration and I definitely need to remember to take my vitamins! Thank you for sharing your story.

  59. yamilet c says

    Congrats on such an inspiring and amazing lifestyle change. I really felt so proud reading this post. I am incrediably happy for you and motivated for myself to make a change in my daily habits of eating. I always say i need a push but who else can push you m ost but yourself. Thank you for sharing this story with us.

  60. Amazing transformation. I am pretty good about eating right most days, but there are a few here and there where I either am not hungry at all or I am extremely snacky and want every junk food known to man. Although I have a chronic illness that I have no choice but to deal with as it gets in the very bad stages, vitamins certainly help with my energy levels between bouts of treatments. Nature Made makes (most) of the ones I take.

  61. Jeannie Holley says

    Congrats on improving you!!! I take my multi every morning along with my fish oil and like you I can sure tell a huge difference when I don’t. I make sure my children, 6 & 15 take their’s as well. I want them to get into the habit early so hopefully it will help them later on.

  62. amy rouse says

    Wow! What a difference!!! Amazing…. congrats to you. It takes willpower and stamina to stick with a plan….. so hats off to you.

  63. Deborah in Atlanta says

    Holy cow! What a transformation. And an eye-opener for me. I don’t take a daily vitamin. I should. But I don’t. So maybe I need to make a lifelong commitment to myself to do that too. I do my grocery shopping and run errands tomorrow, and I’m putting this on my list. I owe it to my family. Thank you.

  64. Carey says

    Wow!! That’s awesome. Continue to share your story. You could save a life!!

  65. This is great to read and maybe I need to incorporate some vitamins into my diet. I also have been working on losing weight and sometimes the scale hates me and adds more when I’ve worked harder. The ups and downs are the discouraging part of it. I think you are looking fabulous and keep up the good work.


  66. chris rowles says

    You look AMAZING! Please keep us updated with photos as you continue to lose.

  67. Jessica Bagwell says

    Congratulations on your weight loss! You look great! =) I never new vitamins could have such an impact! I just recently started taking vitamins every single day and I too am noticing a difference! I think the loose skin I had after my two c-sections is FINALLY starting to tighten up and I am so excited!

  68. The differences are great! Good job! I totally want to do the same thing now. My sister in law does a regiment of vitamins and supplements and they worked for her as well!


  69. Amy P says

    Wow, great for you! I sometimes forget to take mine since I worry about my kids taking there’s but no more ;). Great job!

  70. Wow- you’re doing awesome! I just started adding Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar to my daily routine and it has ABSOLUTELY given me a ‘boost’. Yes, it’s hard to choke down- but my other mom friends were raving about it and it is awesome! I can use all the energy I can get with 3 under 3 🙂

  71. Jill L says

    Good for you!!! What a great reminder that as we work on making healthy changes that we need to make sure we are getting the vitamins that we need.

  72. ginette4 says

    Wow, congrats on the weight loss, good for you, we all need to take care of ourselves so we can be healthy.

  73. Jessica says

    First of all, you look amazing! You and your family must be so proud of what you’ve accomplished! With two little boys and a big boy in college I am constantly feeling run down and tired but those vitamins are such horse pills that I hate to take them. Seeing that you noticed a decrease in energy has me thinking that I should definitely start taking them again. Thanks and again, Congratulations!

  74. You look great!! Good for you. Love that you are a great role model for those beautiful children of yours. Keep it up.

  75. Rick McClenthen says

    After reading the comment “There was a period of time that I “forgot” to take my daily multi-vitamin”, and thought how easy it is to decide to follow a healthier life style and how much more difficult it is to put it into practice. It is also easy to get off track at times, after all we are all human. The important end to this story is that you got back on track…that really is the only thing that matters.

  76. Ellen B says

    Congrats you look great! I really should start taking vitamins – I don’t eat well.

  77. Louis says

    what a wonderful transformation! You look fabulous. And it’s great to know that a daily multivitamin helped in so many ways – I know I should probably taking some MV’s too, since my diet is far from balanced

  78. Heather H. says

    Wow, what a transformation. I can totally relate to your story and I am now at my highest weight. I never thought how important taking vitamins can be so maybe my first step can start with a focus on take a daily vitamin. thanks for the inspiration.

  79. kelley says

    Wow, congratulatins on all the weight loss! The only vitamin I take right now is vitamin d. Maybe I should research them more.

  80. Jessica Stewart says

    Wow that’s ridiculous! You look great! Thanks for the inspiration.

  81. Wendy says

    wow Heather! That is absolutely amazing! Congratulations on your success you look great! I’ll be going to FB to vote too!

  82. Jazmin Rodriguez says

    WOW!!! That’s AMAZING!!! Congrats, you look great. =) I only hope I can be just as successful losing my weight now, just like you have. =]

  83. julie anne miller says

    Unbeleiveable!!! I wish I had this much will power!! I cant imagine how much better you feel!!

  84. Rochelle says

    Congratulations on your success! I need to lose some weight. I feel the same way when I don’t take my vitamins. I’ve been really bad lately but I will use your success to help me stick to my vitamins and my diet. Thanks for sharing!

  85. Tonya H says

    You look GREAT! You give me hope I can loose all my extra baby weight and my kids are 5 and 1

  86. you are defininately an inspiration…WoW …congratulations…and keep up the good work!

  87. I commented once before…but I truly do admire what you’ve done, it take alot of “gumption” to do it an stick to it…and gosh you cant help but pay yourself on the back can you?? you look beautiful…and I’m sure the inside matches! kudos! and kiddos!

  88. shawn says

    wow, i’m really thinking that I should be taking a multivitamin. Especially with the way I eat. I know I’m not getting all the daily food intake i should because I would weigh alot more if i did.

  89. shawn says

    congrats!! You look great and it seems like you feel alot better. Keep it up!

  90. Peggy says

    good for you….you look great!!! I have trouble “remembering” my vitamins, only because they make me nauseous and I really don’t like that feeling

  91. Tracy P says

    You look great!! Congratulations! Good luck in the contest.

  92. I have realized that I really need more to my diet. I eat pretty good but I lack energy. I’m actually heading to the store today to get vitamins! Thank you for the review!

  93. ericka coello says

    wow!!! you look great, radiant, beautiful! congratulations, that requires determination and commitment. you are a strong woman, keep going…

  94. Alicia E. says

    I have noticed that when I regularly take fish oil caplets and daily multivitamins that my ADD symptoms are much less noticeable — I’m less distracted, more focused, more in control of my surroundings. I’ve read that the lack of nutrition really contributes to how severe ADD can be, and I believe it now!

  95. Lisa Brooks says

    What an amazing job! you Look fantastic! I am big on vitamins too for sure & you can even see the glow you have, vitamins are great for sure.

    Rock on with your bad self! =)

  96. polly says

    you look wonderful heather! congrats on the weight loss! my doctor is after me to lose weight too!

  97. Lyn H says

    CONGRATULATIONS to you and to your family, since they too are going to benefit from this incredible journey that you have undertaken and are succeeding at! You look beautiful and are an inspiration to everyone!!!!

  98. Bianca Roman says

    My diet is horrible! and I really do feel a difference when I take my daily vitamin and when I don’t. The majority of the time I forget and I basically just write it off, but I know it’s so much better for me if I take it even if I forget to take it in the morning.

    Good luck with continuing your ‘project me’ <3

  99. Shawna Ledford says

    You look amazing. Congratulations.

  100. Andrea Williams says

    Way to go! Looks like you really made a lifestyle change and it is working. We are also starting in that direction. Thanks for pointing out that vitamins and nutrients are an important part of it also.

  101. Tamara Budd says

    You look great! Congrats on your success!

  102. Lori A. says

    You look great!! I take a daily multi-vitamin. I’m not sure if it makes a difference as I always seem tired anyway. LOL

  103. Amber says

    Wow Heather, that is amazing! You should be so proud of yourself. You’ve definitely inspired me 🙂

  104. Jessica O'Shell says

    That’s awesome that you were able to take control of your own life and make the changes that you felt necessary! Kudos to you, and you look great!!

  105. Lois M. says

    Well, for me personally, I never really noticed any difference from when I wasn’t taking vitamins to when I was and back again. However, I noticed a big difference since starting Weight Watchers a year ago this week. LOL So yeah to us! 🙂


  106. Renski says

    Congratualtions – it’s inspiring to see your progress.

  107. Congratulations on taking control of your health! You look wonderful. And I agree that it’s important to take multi-vitamins. Most of us don’t get all the vitamins and minerals we need through our diets.

  108. D Schmidt says

    I completely agree with the benefits of multi vitamins. I started to take them before I became pregnant with my oldest son and have continued to do so for the past five years. I must admit I am guilty of not having the healthiest diet and perhaps relying on vitamins too much for the nutrient top up.

  109. Sue E says

    You look great! Thanks for the motivation, I need to lose some extra pounds.

  110. tina demarco says

    you look so much healthier and happy in the 2nd set of pix then the 1st =D

  111. samantha scarpa says

    Wow this is amazing I know how hard it is to lose weight and keep it off but hard work really does keep it off 🙂

  112. Nicole Hanson says

    You look so much happier now! PS I like the new hair color on you 🙂

  113. Cathy W says

    How inspiring you are!! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m bad about taking those daily vitamins, some days I remember some I don’t.

  114. Amanda Alvarado says

    Wow! That is amazing!! I am trying to eat healthier and I take a prenatal vitamin every day (at least most days…I do sometimes forget!) since we are TTC. I have recently starting drinking a Herbalife shake in the mornings for breakfast because I used to always skip breakfast. I’ve noticed I’m not as sleepy and tired at work in the afternoon since I have started drinking a shake in the mornings.

  115. darlene miller says

    wow ,you sure look good. congrats to’re project me was a great ideal .taking naturemade vitamins are essential ,they help keep your body supported when you cut back on food

  116. Wow, amazing!!! You look really good!!

  117. Debra B says

    Thank you for sharing, wow your story is very inspiring, I know that I dont eat right or get the proper nutrition, and I rarely take vitamins on a consistent basis although I have been trying to take a 1000 mg of vitamin D daily since discovering I was very deficient and I take a few other vitamins ( all when I remember) but unfortunately for me I’ve never tolerated taking a multiple vitamin so I dont take them but I can handle the individual ones ok
    Thanks for sharing your fantastic results and so happy to hear how well you are doing now

  118. Kelly Burroughs Crowell says

    First let me just congratulate you!! It’s hard to get that weight off but to keep it off is an even bigger challenge for most people. I am a firm believer in vitamins and they really do help with just about everything not to mention you taking yours each day is a great example for your children. My 10 yr old son and I take them together everyday so that way if one of us forgets the other will remember 🙂

  119. Alan Tong says

    You’re looking much better after eating a more balanced diet and taking your multivitamin! Congrats on the new lifestyle change!

  120. Lisa says

    wow, you look awesome.
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  121. Emilie Metzinger says

    That is so awesome that you decided to make a change! I am very glad my mom brought me up, taking chewable kids vitamins everyday. So now I can really appreciate and know the impittance of vitamins. Ive been taking them mostly everyday and especially now with 2 pregnancies and Breastfeeding, I feel it has to be a part of your daily life.

  122. You look great! I’ve gone on “diets” so many times and I always fall off the wagon. I do love vegetables tho and would not mind substituting totally veggie dishes for most meals. Thanks for the inspiration!

  123. Kathy O says

    You’ve done a terrific job and you look beautiful!

  124. Rachel R. says

    Heather, you are such an inspiration. I am in the process of losing weight. At my highest I was 275 lbs. I also found out that I was severely vitamin deficient in several different vitamins. I used to take nature made, but my new doctor has switched me to all vegie capsules hoping that my body would absorb the vitamins better. I wish you this best in your journey!

  125. Holli Moore says

    Congrats on the loss! I think you look stunning. And I love how your face has become happier and has that glow to it.

  126. Terri Martin says

    Wow, you look awesome, great job. I love the term Project Me, maybe I will give it try, I need to lose some weight and start taking a multi vitamin.

  127. Congratulations! I am proud of you for sticking to it. After my 3 year old was born, I lost the weight with Weight Watchers but didn’t stay on it. So I gained the weight back and more. I need to do something now! I don’t like all my clothes being so tight, and I don’t want to have to buy larger sizes! Argh… I wish it was easy.

    LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

  128. Gina H. says

    You have motivated me to take better care of my health. Thank you!

  129. Ani G W says

    I take a multivitamin as well every day. As a mom, sometimes I don’t get the nutrition I need every day. I am also on a weight loss journey. So far, I’m down 15 lbs. I don’t have a specific number I’m trying to achieve… I just want to feel healthier and more productive for myself and my family! Congratulations, you look great!!!

  130. Michelle Small says

    Thank you for sharing. I need to start taking vitamins. Tired of feeling sluggish and tired.

  131. Rebekah Mercier says

    I try and take a multivitamin daily plus some others such as vitamin B’s and omega fish oils and magnessium. They really do make a huge difference in my energy level. I have chronic Lyme disease which causes chronic fatigue among many other symptoms. By the way, you look great. I love to see such inspiring stories. It awesome how dedicated you were. You look GREAT!

  132. Erica says

    You look awesome!!!! Keep up the good work!

  133. aimee says

    awesome weight loss! thanks for the post! I try to remember to take vitamins every day. They are very important!~

  134. I can totally tell a difference in my energy levels when I run out of my fish oil supplement. I believe in vitamins & supplements!

  135. Heidi Y says

    Congrats! I’m so proud of you :)!! I went through a similar situation myself where I was nearing the 300-lb mark about 2 and a half years ago. I finally put my foot down and started exercising 6 days a week, counting calories, and taking vitamins like you too. I reached my goal a few months ago of 144 pounds lost and I did it without surgery or spending TONS of money on diet plans. It’s possible to do it all yourself as long as you don’t give up! :)))

    So, so very proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished. Keep it up!

  136. Larissa says

    Write! Great job. I need energy myself as im always lacking. Is there a particular vitamin you prefer, or just the multi vitamins

  137. Jeff Legg says

    Hey congrats on your progress! Looks like you are on the right road for a healthier you! Thats what really matters. If you strive for that, the rest will follow suit! Keep it up and keep us updated so we can give you some cudo’s as u earn them!

  138. Christine says

    Congratulations on the weight loss. You look GREAT!!!

  139. Valerie A Serna says

    Wow! Such an amazing transformation! I know many moms are in need of such a lifestyle change and often can only make one sacrifice, such as drinking soda or taking a daily walk. I’m one of those moms that really needs to do everything you do, yet I find myself wrapped up in everything that has nothing to do with my own health. This is definitely great to hear and I appreciate you sharing your before and after photos for inspiration. Thank you!

  140. Lori Guillen says

    Wow, you should be so proud. I am happy for you and support you to keep going and keep evoloving

  141. Angela Sue Gross says

    I have to say that it takes a lot for any of us to make changes in our life. And for you to make such a big change re your diet, exercise and vitamins AND to share it so publicly takes a lot of courage and strength. I admire you. Keep up the good work. You look great 😉 (I also notice that my energy is lower when I’m not consistent in taking my daily vitamin. Nature Made is not my brand. But I’m going to check them out because of your post!) Thank you!

  142. Heather M says

    You look amazing!!!! Good job on the weight loss. Sometimes it’s not just a diet that helps. It’s changing your lifestyle completely like adding in vitamins and watching how much you eat! Great job and You made a life changing decision.

  143. Jennifer Paige says

    How awesome for you. I also struggle with my weight so thank you for posting this motivation. Kudos to you!

  144. Michelle L says

    I take a multi-vitamin everyday too. Helps me feel better, with more energy. I have days where I don’t “eat right” at every meal, so feel like the multi-vitamin helps balance things out. Your story & pictures are very inspiring…keep up the good work!!

  145. Heather Marquez says

    You look great!! Keep it up!

  146. Wow, what an amazing & inspirational story! I often have trouble sticking to my vitamin and spuplement routine so your story is just what I needed to read! 🙂

  147. Jamie Brigham says

    I think you look fantastic and I am so happy for you…keep it up girl..I may need to try some nature made vitamins as I don’t take in enough Vitamin D nor Vitamin C

  148. Missy says

    You look awesome!! I’m so proud of you for taking care of yourself!! Keep up the good work!

  149. Jaque R. says

    Wow! You should be very proud of yourself….you look like an entirely, and beautiful, new person! 🙂 Congratulations!

  150. janell wagner says

    you look great, AND healthy!

  151. Emilie Metzinger says

    That is so awesome how good you look! Also, like your new hair, too.
    Making good habits is always super important. Hoping to stick with a good routine after I have my second baby, but might be a little difficult taking care of a toddler and a newborn.

  152. Wow! What a transformation. Your skin is glowing and you look so happy! 🙂 Congrats!
    Thanks for the info about NatureMade.

  153. heather stewart says

    don’t really take vitamins. Although with my diet, maybe I should as I know it isn’t quite a balanced diet.

  154. Amarlena says

    I love Nature Made vitamins too. I like how pure they are. My doctor recommended the B1 because I was so tired all the time, so I take it daily. It has really made a difference for me! Good luck to you!

  155. Mandy says

    That is an awesome transformation!!! You have done a great job! I am going to look into starting a multi vitamin daily! I have never really thought about doing that! Good luck winning the trip! It’s in my town!


  156. What an impressive and inspiring story. You look great! I take my vitamins at bedtime. 🙂

  157. That’s quite an accomplishment! I take a multi vitamin daily, too, and found it does make a difference.

  158. Joyce Partain says

    I enjoyed reading your blog very much. You have a nice family. I have taken Nature Made vitamins in the past, and may try them again. Your pictures are so different, you have done a good job!

  159. Danny Lindsey says

    I wish you continued success with your project . I started taking cinnamon as a supplement several months ago and it has helped very much with my blood pressure, circulation and HDL count.

  160. O…M…G! I am SOOO proud of you! Good for you! You took control and look how fabulous you are! Keep up the good work. You’re kids (and you) will thank you later! I am just so impressed with you! Can I hug you now? I’m not a hugger btw! But I want to hug YOU!

  161. Sarah Rose says

    Great job! I know how hard it can be to diet and eat right. I’ve always taken nature made vitamins since I was a kid! Keep up the good work.

  162. Lauren says

    wow, you have really lost a lot of weight. you look fantastic!

  163. Marty says

    Great job Heather!

  164. Marley says

    I like your blog page and your other links too. My husband and I have taken Nature Made for years.

  165. Michelle S says

    Congratulations on your journey so far. I do take a daily vitamin every night before bed is the way I remember to get one in daily.

  166. Selena West says

    wow! you look great! congrats on the motivation to change. i think we could all use a dose of your determination and apparantly, some vitamins!

  167. Shawna says

    Thank you for sharing as I think your story is very motivating and you look great. I need to keep my health and energy up so I can keep up with my 2 active boys. Overall I eat pretty healthy and I’ve lost 10lbs over the Summer. I do think adding a daily multi-vitamin would good.

  168. Kathy O says

    What a difference! You look so healthy and happy!

  169. You’re amazing. Very inspirational.

  170. Way to go – and you are doing it the right way, the healthy way! You are an inspiration.

  171. christyn mckenna says

    Wow what a transformation!!You are doing great and looking good!!!

  172. Sara Phillips says

    How awesome!! GO YOU!!

  173. Elizabeth Owens says

    Wow that is so great! It is always inspirational to me when someone loses that much weight. I hope you are feeling better than ever!

  174. Wendy says

    Your story is inspiring! Congratulations on your success & I really hope you make it to Atlanta!

  175. Minta says

    You look awesome! I really don’t take any vitamins but I’m going to start…

  176. Ada says

    Keep up the good work! Awesome job!

  177. evans s says

    I don’t take additional vitamins. I’ve changed my eating habits several years ago and my husband is a fitness fanatic. He makes us do some sort of exercise at least twice a week.

  178. April Kennedy says

    You have done an amazing job making a healthier you! I am one of those people who thinks vitamins are great, but I don’t really take them unless I am pregnant (and even then I frequently forget to).

  179. I did the same thing Heather. I was battling infertility and I started taking vitamines as well as herbal supplements. I got my body healthy and then it started working! I love the Nature Made brand. I feel great, I look better, and i’ve even lost weight!

  180. Tamara B. says

    WOW you look fabulous and congratulations on your great success! I have always used Nature Made vitamins!

  181. Stephanie says

    This makes me want to go out and get some more vitamins. What an inspiration you are!
    mrshud at cox dot net

  182. traci s says

    you look great! how did u do it? i hope i am able to change me like you did , i am just starting out and would love some tips if you have some for me, thank you and keep up the good work

  183. James Cox says

    Congrats on your weight loss. vitamins do a body good

  184. Tara L says

    Good article, and good for you! I should be more disciplined and take vitamins regularly, but I don’t. Thanks for the inspiration!

  185. darlene miller says

    again you’re doing great. yes i remember the big ole vitamins ,that are hard to swallow. especially the ones we took as kids…..yucky

  186. Thank you so much for sharing your story and photos with us all. You are such an inspiration for so many. I love stopping by your blog everyday to see whats new. Congrats on your success–you look FAB! I totally hope you get to be part of the Nature Made project! You deserve it 🙂

    Tiffany @PSBeautyBlog

  187. Corinne Soto says

    you look amazing! i’ve been trying to get so much better about vitamins, after being diagnosed with Ricketts (it’s like its the 1800s again LOL) and the nature made brand is so much easier to take than the other ones!

  188. Marty says

    You are doing so well, Congratulations! Looks like you have a lot of support too. I am glad I found your blog, it is well organized and is very appealing. I have been taking Nature Made vitamins for years & years, they are so good, and are made with the highest standards. A lot of vitamin companies are not regulated as closely. with nature made I know im getting a good safe product. Good luck to you with your weight loss. Huggs! <3

  189. Christine says

    Congratulations on your success! You’ve reminded me that I need to take my vitamins daily too.

  190. charlene elswick says

    You look Fabulous !!!!!! great job

  191. Lisa Patridge says

    Holy Moly! You look great!!!!!!

  192. Jessica E. says

    Congrats on being able to take control of your health. 😀

  193. mamabunny13 says

    Ok…I’ve liked, voted and now I’m commenting. 🙂 It looks like you had 522 votes when I left from over there. Good luck! I hope you get it.

  194. Great Job! Sure makes me want to run out and start taking my vitamins again.. what an inspiration 🙂

  195. Deb Dorrington says

    Wow you look fabulous…good for you! I need a push in that direction.

  196. Deb Dorrington says

    I just did all three things and I wish you all the luck!!!

  197. Allison Downes says

    Wow! You look like a diferent person! Great job!!

  198. Amber says

    Wow, you look great! You look a lot healthier! There’s a glow in your face that’s really beautiful. Congratulations on your weight loss and success! (:

  199. Casey Lynn Everidge says

    wow! i didnt know vitamins helped that much! i just started a diet, and i will defiantly be adding vitamins to it!

  200. Marysa N. says

    Congrats on your success! I am big on taking my vitamins, I am a vegetarian as well. You look great!

  201. starla says

    you look AMAZING . An inspiration!!

  202. stephanie miller says

    wow! thats an amazing change, you look fabulous!!! great job on your success!!

  203. Karen Propes says

    We love nature made vitamins and use them and all the supplements we take are by nature made. I agree with you on the importance of vitamins and supplements. You look great! I’m so happy for you. It’s hard work to loose weight, but with good supplements it really makes it easier. They really help when you are not eating some of the important foods to fight off illnesses.

  204. Angela MacIntyre says

    WOW! What an inspiration! I seriously was crying reading this. I am there. I’m not at 400 yet but I’m working my way to 300 and it’s extremely depressing. I have 4 kids I cannot keep up with, I’m tired and depressed and just blah. I really do keep forgetting my vitamins and I know that that is a very important. Thank you for the reminder. I do think I am going to start my own “Project ME!” And CONGRATS!! You look GREAT!

  205. Kelly Paradise says

    I have had a battle with my weight since childhood and have tried different methods of losing weight by changing what I eat and how much I eat but I noticed the most important part of my “Health” routine was making sure I had my Multivitamin everyday because if I missed a day I could notice almost immediately a change in my energy levels and even my mood…I have also made taking a multivitamin a daily part of my routine.

    • Kelly Paradise says

      I would also like to say that you look great and have inspired me to try again t my own personal “Project ME” sometimes I do need a little motivation as a mother of 5…so congrats and good luck and THANK YOU for the motivation :]

  206. Jacqueline Griffin says

    I think you look awesome! I have struggled with weight my entire life and am always happy for those that have the will power to get their weight under control! Good job!

  207. Donna says

    Good luck!!! And kudos to you for striving to be healthy. I know I’m battling my own weight issues now that I’ve gotten older.

  208. starla says

    youre an inspiration ! the thing i miss most about being healthy is my energy .. ive been walking several times a day with m y son and playing on the playground toys to jump start my weightloss .. as well as lowering my calories .. not fun but its working :}

  209. Leah Walker says

    You look amazing! Good for you. I sooo need to take vitamins. When I just take a multi though I don’t feel right. I really need to research and find the right ones for me and the problem areas I have. Thanks for the motivation.

  210. won says

    I echo the commenter below who said you are an inspiration. I applaud your taking control of your life, your destiny and your health. I can only imagine how tough it must have been.

    Congratulations on your success!

  211. petritia selvi says

    wow,thats awesome,such an inspiration to me 🙂 love nature made vitamins also

  212. Donna B. says

    Wow, congrats on the weight loss! I’ve lost 100# in the last 10 months (and another 100 to lose to reach my personal goal), so I definitely know where you were coming from.

    There are tons of studies (no pun intended) that show that obese people have serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies, so I can imagine that once you started using NM you felt a lot better. It’s like our bodies are telling us that it’s starving for nutrition…. but we fill it up with processed crap. Congrats again!! 🙂

  213. jenn says

    i know the contest is over, but WOW i just had to comment and tell you how great you look. congratulations and keep up the good work. you are an inspiration to alot of women

  214. Rachel Runyan says

    I put my trust in NatureMade vitamins and supplements as well. They have helped to balance several of my deficiencies. You are a great inspiration for those who really need that extra push to get well. Thanks for the encouragement!

  215. Amy says

    Wow! You are awesome. I need to lose my baby weight and you were just the inspiration I needed today. I also need to take my vitamins. As a nursing mother, I need to get my rear in gear and take care of myself. Thank you!

  216. Carol Pennington says

    I, too, notice a difference when I neglect to take supplements.

  217. Susan E. says

    I’ve always taken a multi-vitamin in addition to fish oil and garlic. They definitely make a difference for me. And congratulations – you look great!

  218. Awesome! You look great!
    I was having this conversation the other day with my husband. Why is it sometimes SO HARD to remember to do such small things, like take a vitamin every day? It’s something I could never remember to do during my pregnancy, let alone when I don’t have something like that giving me the extra reason to take them. What a difference small changes can make over time, though… and I suppose they eventually become habit.
    Darn it. I’m going to try harder! 🙂

  219. crystal faulk says

    Why is it so hard to do the things that are good for us sometimes? I, too, feel better when I take my vitamins but I cant’ remember the last time I’ve done so. Thank you for the reminder! I’m going to go take a vitamin now. 🙂

  220. larissa brunken says

    I am glad that you won the contest! very well deserved. I think I need to start taking a multi vitamin. Never really thought about how important they were.

  221. Tiffany LaCourse says

    Oh my gosh, you look AMAZING!!!

  222. Holly Hennessy Swint says

    WOW You look so much healthier! Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment!

  223. Christina Pickens says

    So inspiring. My husband and I are ready well been ready to shed the pounds, we’ve made few little changes and we both have shed few pounds, We still have our days but we’re just starting out. Your story has really gotten into my head and i will remember this everyday! thank you so much and keep up the awesome work!

  224. Thank you for sharing such an inspirational story.

  225. tiffany mocerino says

    wow you go girl!!!

  226. Amber Dyer Atwat says

    keep up with the good work gal…. need to see new pic

  227. Debbie C says

    Congratulations on your Project Me. Looking at the pics, you have clearly done well. I admire you.


  228. kim Goad says

    Yes it is hard to change your lifestyle..You have done amazing I trying right there with you & I take the Nature made vitamins also.

  229. I love Nature Made, way to go on the weight loss!!

  230. Mippy says

    Hi Heather!
    Oh my gosh! HIGH FIVE GIRL! AND CONGRATS ON KICKING TAIL FEATHERS AND TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE! 😀 YAY YOU! You give me encouragement to try better and do better! 🙂 I keep my vitamins by the computer as well. Otherwise if they are somewhere else I forget them.
    Thank you for your inspiring post and for sharing your success! 😀

  231. Debbie Slater says

    Oh my gosh.. you go girl. You are awesome. Wish I could find that willpower you have. I’ve used nature made vitamins and supplements for many years now. Love em.

    • Thank you Debbie. I have lost a little zing right now. Thankfully I’m not gaining though. It helps to come here and read all these inspiring words :O)

  232. Tarah says

    You look fantastic! Great for you for taking control of your life and setting such a great example for your children!

  233. Congrats on your weight loss!

  234. Minta says

    Wow! you look fantastic.

  235. Wow- awesome story!

  236. David Gossett says

    WOW! Congrats on the changes! My wife and I are both now at a healthy weight. It took us 2 plus years to do it, but we did. You can do this! Nature made is a reliable brand. We have used them for years.

  237. daniel healey says

    You are doing a great job and stay positive.

  238. betty baez says

    oh my! that doesnt even look like you…your skin looks beautiful and your glowing…you look fabulous keep up your hard work!

  239. Robin Quick says

    Way to go girl! I need to do this! I feel like I just cant get it together! Im very overweight as you were. Im around 300.. very hard for me to admit! Im depressed. I have NO energy and I just dont know what to do! I wish I had a friend here to help me through this but dont. Just keep me in your prayers & if you have time I would love to hear a few tip on how to get started losing this weight!

    mnrquick at yahoo dot com

  240. Beth Good says

    Amazing! What an inspiration you are. I know I need to lose weight. I just need to get my butt into gear.

  241. Wow, amazing story! Congratulations on your weight loss!

  242. Tiffany Hoyt says

    Wow, I couldn’t do a vegetarian diet. Every time I eat a meal that doesn’t have meat I feel like it’s missing something and I have run out to the store just to add meat to what I was making.

  243. Desiree Dunbar says

    voted for you through Nature Made

  244. Deborah Wallin says

    You are looking awesome!!! Great Job!!

  245. Betty Curran says

    I have a really hard time remembering to take vitamins. Sometimes I buy them and remember to take them for 3 or 4 days then I forget. Congratulations on your efforts.

  246. Sarah L says

    That’s a big change for your life. Good for you!

  247. melissa portillo says

    wow thats amazing what a huge change. Thanks for sharing your story

  248. Mary Beth Elderton says

    I have always been pretty healthy and and, except for the “baby fat” after pregnancy, have not had weight issues. I have never taken any vitamins or supplements other than the pre-natal kind. However, I have reached the age for “the change” and it is not being kind to me. In the past couple of years, I have experienced hot flashes, freezing moments, foggy thinking ( don’t think “a little slow,” think seriously foggy and clouded thinking.) My energy-level, if that term even applies, ranges from sluggish and drained to panic attacks with nothing “normal” in between. A few weeks ago, I put myself on a regimen of a good daily multi-vitamin and a couple of supplements specifically for menopause (I have refused hormone therapy and am kind of winging it naturally.) The difference is astounding! Yes, I still have hot flashes, but recover more quickly so that I have fewer sleep disturbances. Most of the “panic triggers” no longer initiate attacks, and those that do occur are so mild as to be barely noticeable and not life-changing.. The “brain fog” is lifting so that I can again construct complete sentences and use big words again like “construct.” I would urge women my age to consider natural vitamins and supplements rather than hormone replacement!

  249. Jaime says

    You look so great! I need to lose about 100 pounds and stories like yours are so inspiring.

  250. Katherine Stevenson says

    You look great!! That is very inspiring!

  251. Amber says

    Wow – congratulations! You look incredible and I’m glad that NatureMade has been able to help you!

  252. Liz Robinson says

    You look great! Congrats!

  253. Sarah says

    Congratulations on your weight loss and your decision to change your lifestyle. I can see how it would be necessary to take a vitamins to stay on track. Good luck on your journey!

  254. melissa williams says

    I don’t take a daily vitamin but now I’m wondering if I should. That was an amazing transformation!

  255. Lisa Davis says

    Bravo! Congratulations, you are an inspiration 🙂

  256. You look fabulous. I need to get back on a regular supplement. With my busy life, I know I am lacking some nutrients! Thanks for the recommendation!

  257. Great job! You give me motivation. 🙂

  258. Alana Belliveau says

    Wow! Congrats on the weight loss you look stunning!
    I was taking a multi vitamin and it made my break out in horrible acne so I can’t take it any more :/

  259. Andrea D. says

    It is very impressive job you did.

  260. Whitney McQuarry says

    Look at you Momma! Get it girl!! That is such an inspiring story.

  261. Laura H. says

    Wow!!! You’re my inspiration!

  262. Debra Fraley says

    Congratulations! You are a great inspiration and give encouragement to me!

  263. beth says

    I try to balance everything but it’s rather hard so I commend you on continuing to try. It’s just so easy to give up, but as I make progress it gets easier to maintain a healthier lifestyle, and vitamins definitely enhance that.

  264. Jessica Cox says

    You look awesome .Congrats

  265. I had been taking a multivitamin but recently ran out. Forgot to buy more, thanks for the reminder!

  266. Jessica says

    Looking good. We are all happy for you!!!

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