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WINNER: Jennifer Wiley, Pasadena, MD

AGE: 28

ACHIEVEMENT*: Although she had never had a weight problem as a child, Jenn gained weight after college. She tried crash diets, but she kept gaining the weight back. Two years ago, she resolved to started eating healthier, exercising more, and making a real effort to be the best person she could be. She lost 40 pounds to start, but it was slow going. When a new Tasti D-Lite center opened in her neighborhood, it gave her the extra motivation she needed. She started having a Tasti dessert every day—and melted off another 35 pounds since March!

OTHER TASTI HABITS: Jenn achieved a healthier lifestyle by eating better—being more conscious of what she put into her body. She also goes to the gym and does lots of outdoor exercise: walking with her dogs, biking, swimming, and running.

WHY TASTI: A native New Yorker, Jenn knew and loved Tasti D-Lite. When she lived in the city, she had Tasti for lunch every day. After she moved to Maryland, she missed Tasti—so when a new Tasti D-Lite opened in her neighborhood, she renewed her Tasti Habit. The new Tasti was even better than she remembered. The creamy, delicious taste keeps her satisfied and the lower calories keep her progressing toward her goals. With more than 100 fabulous flavors available every day, there’s always something new to try. And Tasti is a healthier option made with natural ingredients that fit her new, more balanced approach to eating.

FAVORITE FLAVOR: Chocolate Oreo Mint

FAVORITE TREAT: Chocolate Oreo Mint in a cake cone


Jennifer's Story:

I wasn’t overweight as a child. Even during college, I didn’t have problems. But I started gaining weight after I graduated. And then one day about two years ago, I decided I didn’t want to live that way any more. I decided to start eating better and healthier… and became more conscious of what I was putting into my body.

I did the Atkins diet and lost a ton of weight. But as soon as I started eating carbs again, I gained it all back. Plus some. So instead of another crash diet, I changed the way I ate. For breakfast, I’d have an egg white omelet, or a high-fiber cereal, or frozen waffles when I was craving something sweet. For lunch, it was salad with grilled chicken, or a sandwich. I tried to eat more organic foods, especially eggs and dairy. Dinner varied.

I exercised, too. Went to the gym, walked with my dogs, biked, swam, and ran. People really underestimate how good exercise is for you. With this approach, it was slow and steady. I lost about 40 pounds in a year and a half... then Tasti D-Lite came to town.

I knew Tasti D-Lite because I used to work in New York City, and Tasti was right across the street from my office. Back then, I was there every day for lunch, and it quickly became my favorite thing for a treat. After I moved away, I would have it whenever I went back to New York.

When it came to my area, I started having Tasti D-Lite for dessert almost every day. After dinner, I would go to the gym. And after the gym, I would have Tasti D-Lite. I would say to myself, “If you want to do the gym, and you do well, here’s a snack you can have.” With all my other habits, Tasti gave me extra motivation to get through my day.

I live the variety of flavors. One day you have lime… then peanut butter… and you get your choice every day. I tried the Tasti sandwiches and the caramel sundae… they’re fantastic. I’ve sampled the shakes, but haven’t ordered one. I always want what I want: my favorite flavor, Chocolate Oreo Mint in a cake cone.

I like how light Tasti D-Lite is, and the creaminess is fantastic. Tasti is lower in calories, and I really appreciate that. I also appreciate that it’s made basically with natural ingredients. There’s not a long list of ingredients... no “what is this, I can’t pronounce it!” It’s a protein. And Tasti doesn’t feel heavy after you’re done eating it. It’s just part of my day, and it’s nice.

I’ve learned that changing your lifestyle, and enjoying the little things, is even more important than a diet… and better for you in the long run. It’s important to eat a balanced diet and not deprive yourself of the little things that make life sweet. With Tasti a part of my life, it’s nice to have a dessert every day and know that it’s not bad for me. 

Before Tasti came to my neighborhood, I had lost 40 pounds in about a year and a half. Then in March, Tasti D-Lite opened here, and the weather was nice, so I walked almost every time I went, 2 miles each way. I’ve lost another 35 pounds since March—adding up to 75 pounds total.

Now I’m really motivated to be the best person I can be. I’m getting married next year, and I want to be the best version of myself for my future husband … and just for me. You just can’t underestimate the little things. Losing weight and getting healthier with Tasti really keeps me going. 

*Individual results will vary. The average weight loss among Tasti Healthy Habit Search entrants is 22 lbs. Tasti D-Lite does not treat or cure any disease.


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