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I've been in baseball for 21 years now—half my life. I've always been in pretty decent shape, but my weight was gradually going up as I got older. After we won the championship in Philadelphia in 2008, I noticed that I had really gained weight. It finally started to bother me because my size 36 pants weren't fitting any longer. I knew that if I wanted to get healthy and prolong my career, I'd have to drop the extra pounds.
At the time, Charlie Manuel was my manager and I noticed how well he did on Nutrisystem, so I decided to give it a shot and started in November of 2009. I found that the program was perfect for me. It was very low-maintenance and easy: everything was easy to follow and the food was sent to me—plus, the food was very good so I was never hungry. I was excited to start seeing results almost immediately, and was even able to keep losing weight through the holidays. Before the next baseball season rolled around, I was 30 lbs.* lighter!
The benefits of losing weight are endless. For the first time in my career, I have maintained my weight during spring training and the first part of the season—with all the Nutrisystem food that is available, it's easy to take what I want on the road. Even better, my back isn't sore now, nor are my knees, so I find I can run around all the time and my energy level is a lot higher. Things are not only easier at the ballpark, but also when I'm coaching hockey in the offseason or doing family activities with my wife and kids. This is the best shape I've been in the past 10 years, and knowing that I'm in great shape makes me feel great about myself. Let's just say I sure feel a lot younger than 42!