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Wyckoff Mother Overcomes Depression With Weight Loss, Business Endeavor

Sylva Ortiz of Wyckoff has maintained her weight since losing 17 pounds and 18 inches.
Sylva Ortiz of Wyckoff has maintained her weight since losing 17 pounds and 18 inches. Photo Credit: Sylva Ortiz
Ortiz' client lost 115 pounds.
Ortiz' client lost 115 pounds. Photo Credit: Facebook

WYCKOFF, N.J. — When Wyckoff mother Sylva Ortiz realized that four cups of coffee wasn’t enough to keep her awake, she knew she had to make a change.

She’d been laid off from her job while on maternity leave and was sinking deeper into depression with each passing day.

Desperate to reclaim her happiness, Ortiz turned to Isagenix — a nutritional cleanse that she heard could help her.

“I had found out about this program and thought, ‘What do I have to lose?,” Ortiz told Daily Voice.

She started the cleanse in June 2013 and by the end of the summer, her friends and family were starting to notice a change — and not just in her body.

“I had lost weight but I had so much energy,” said Ortiz, who lost 17 pounds and 18 inches. “I was able to focus and not feel so stressed and overwhelmed.”

Ortiz began managing someone else’s Closter business part time before starting one of her own coaching other people on the cleanse.

“It just turned into something where the person who used to feel hopeless and not want to be on this earth could help someone else feel good,” said Oritz, who began running her own business full time in March 2015.

“It just became a Godsend for me,” she said. “I like to let peole know that if you’re in a dark place, you can get out of it.”

The program aims to nourish the body with “super-dense nutrients,” Ortiz said. With weightloss and higher amounts of energy comes true happiness, said Ortiz — the “most important” result of her program.

“No matter where you’re at or what you’re feeling things can always get better,” she said. “Life can change quickly and there are people who can help you do that — you don’t have to feel alone.

“That’s why I share my story,” Ortiz said.

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