Slimmed-down Heather Vanderbasch is approaching a weight loss of 100 pounds. (Photo submitted)

Weight loss a life-changing experience

Vanderbasch closing in on 100-pound mark in less than a year

Heather Vanderbasch is a mere semblance of her former self.

The inner Vanderbasch hasn’t changed, but her outward appearance is dramatically altered. The Saltair woman didn’t climb mountains or run marathons to lose weight but, as of last week, has dropped 95 pounds in less than a year since February 2018.

Instead, Vanderbasch embarked on the Ideal Protein program through Pharmasave in Chemainus that’s worked wonders.

“They have someone who has done the program and has kept the weight off for a certain number of years before they become a coach,” she explained.

Bev Robinson has been Vanderbasch’s coach for the life-altering experience.

There is much to celebrate for Vanderbasch these days with the weight loss, her 58th birthday on Tuesday, Jan. 8 the same day as Elvis and the pending arrival any moment of the best birthday present ever – her third grandchild and the first child for daughter Alli and husband Rob Kinahan.

Alli was happy to nominate her mom when the Courier put out the call on Facebook for weight loss success stories.

“She’s done amazing and has been so encouraging and inspiring to others,” Alli enthused. “I couldn’t think of a more positive person to explain her story. Such a gem!”

Heather is very humble about her accomplishment, but it’s clearly no small feat.

“If I can do it, anybody can,” she quipped. “It’s a real journey of self-discovery. I’ve always put myself last, behind children, husband, grandchildren, parents, house, etc. Something that most women tend to do because we’re due nurturers. It’s so foreign to us to really do something important for ourselves, but so worth it!”

Vanderbasch reached the point where she felt she had to do something about her weight last January. Son Shane told her about the Pharmasave program. She made an appointment and started on her way.

“It’s amazing, your energy,” she conceded.

Vanderbasch sometimes marvels herself that she’s closing in on the 100-pound weight loss mark.

“That’s not with a lot of exercise,” she added. “Maybe three times a week I’ll do a quick two-mile walk.”

The program, Vanderbasch indicated, is “not high protein. It’s exactly the right amount.

“They sit you down, it’s like an hour, an hour and a half, they explain how the body works and how the program works with your body.”

Your coach or coaches quickly become friends on the journey, said Vanderbasch.

Weight and measurements are taken once a week. Vanderbasch noted people typically lose seven to eight pounds in the first week and two pounds a week after that.

“I’m going to keep it up. I try to tell as many people as I can about it. It literally changes every aspect of your life – the energy level, sleeping.”

Simple activities that Vanderbasch never thought much about are now far easier for her with the weight reduction. And she can always handle more than before.

“It’s clever and it works. The best is getting to do the (Chemainus Pumpkin Spice) 5K and not dying and going across the Kinsol Trestle.

“I feel like I’m in my 20s again, almost.

“I want to lose 110 total. I’ll see what it’s like at 100, how I feel.”

 

Heather Vanderbasch has reason to celebrate now after starting a weight loss program that’s worked wonders for her. (Photo submitted)

Heather Vanderbasch has a new lease on life after her dramatic weight loss. (Photo submitted)

As mom Heather Vanderbasch has been shedding pounds, daughter Alli Kinahan has been putting them on as she enters the final days of pregnancy before the birth of her daughter. Left, Heather used to fit snugly into this piece of her wardrobe. (Photos by Don Bodger)

Heather Vanderbasch used to fit snugly into this piece of her wardrobe. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Just Posted

Community groups make a large amount of money available to Chemainus grads

Scholarships and bursaries for class members for post-secondary total $85,000

Chemainus Secondary grads embark on a new journey

Friday ceremony a time to reflect on the past, look forward to the future

Wildwood Ecoforest: the heart of ecoforestry

Wildwood is a 77 acre parcel located on the south end of Quennell Lake in Yellow Point

Ladysmith man arrested for armed robbery and jewelry theft

Dustin Williams charged for robbery of beer and wine store and theft at jewelry store in Nanaimo

Ladysmith hosts Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations at Transfer Beach

Community comes together to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

Video shows fireworks shot at swan in Alberta

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident in Grande Prairie

Foot ferry service in Nanaimo won’t happen this summer

Island Ferries says it still needs to secure funding

WITH VIDEO: Two endangered marmots released on Vancouver Island

With three new pups born in May, two more Vancouver Island Marmots… Continue reading

‘Text neck’ causing bone spurs to grow from millennials’ skulls, researchers say

Technology use from early childhood causing abnormal bone growths in 41 per cent of young adults

B.C. teen killed by fallen tree on field trip remembered as hero

13-year-old Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling and warned his friends

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

Should B.C. get rid of Daylight Saving Time?

The province wants to know, as state governments down south make the move

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Canadians crash out of Women’s World Cup in 0-1 loss to Sweden

Canada missed a chance to tie the game on a penalty shot

Most Read