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I had always been a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I had to have bread with everything, and I never ate vegetables. Then, one morning, I got on the scale and was surprised by the results. I called my brother and said, "Man, I'm almost 300 pounds!" I began to have physical problems. I got tired easily and basically had no energy to do anything. My doctor finally told me I would never be able to play basketball again because of my physical condition. Then, one day, I had to lie sideways to put on my socks. That was it for me!
I had been seeing Nutrisystem commercials, finally talked myself into trying the program, and placed my first order. That was in February, 2008, when I weighed 335 pounds. When the Nutrisystem box arrived, I didn't know what to expect. Before I even tried any of the meals, I read all the literature I'd been sent. My very first day on Nutrisystem, I had the Apple Scone for breakfast; I thought it was great! After two weeks on the program, I bought a scale and weighed. I had already lost weight. When I started getting close to that 300-pound mark*, I got so excited. I got down to 290 and then to the 280s.* Every time I hit a goal, I just kept making more. Nutrisystem has a lot of support available whenever you need it. When I would work late, I'd call the counselors to ask about food I could eat. I also called a couple of times when I went a little bit off-track. Plus, the online tools were really helpful.
Nutrisystem was easy, because the food tastes so good. For dinner, I love the Chili with Beans. That's my favorite; in fact, I customize my order and get 16 at a time. I also love the Peanut Butter Cookie and the Milk Chocolatey Delight Bar for dessert. I changed everything about how I ate; Nutrisystem has taught me how to eat healthy! I'm now down 90 lbs*, and I feel great! I'm back out on the court again, playing basketball with the guys from my church five times a week. And I can do an hour straight on the treadmill without even breathing hard. The other day, my wife and I were in the backyard swimming. Suddenly, she ran into the house, grabbed the camera and started taking pictures of me. Later, she called my niece and said, "We were swimming, and my husband looked so good, I had to take his picture." I thought, "Here I am—a living, breathing Nutrisystem commercial!"