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In 2008, I weighed in at about 255 pounds—at least that is all I would admit to weighing—and my health was suffering because of it. I was on blood pressure meds, cholesterol meds, and diabetic meds. In November of 2008 I went in for back surgery, which made the situation worse. It seemed as though I was losing the battle for better health. So my wife and I decided to go on Nutrisystem that year to lose weight.
Nutrisystem has truly changed my lifestyle and the way in which I view the world. Since adopting Nutrisystem as a way of life, I have lost 80 pounds.* Better yet, since losing weight I am off insulin shots completely, have reduced my blood pressure meds and have consistently normal blood pressure readings, and have reduced my diabetic meds.* Plus, I'm much more active. I run at least one 5K a month and, even though I have a 3-hour commute to work each day (which the portability of the Nutrisystem food fits right into), when I reach my work location I walk the 2 ¿ miles daily each way instead of taking public transportation. Losing the 80 pounds* has also made working on our hobby farm a lot more fun—working with the animals is now more of an adventure than a burden.
My change in lifestyle has also inspired others to take the challenge and get healthy. Not only did my wife (who is my constant coach and inspiration on this Nutrisystem odyssey) lose weight with me, my teenaged son and daughter are even benefiting from the change in quality of food we keep at our home. Both have lost a significant amount of weight and are eating a much healthier diet. So have several of my coworkers. Thanks, Nutrisystem—you saved my life and have allowed me to be a better example to those around me!