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When I was younger, I was in the military, so I could burn off the calories. Plus, we had very strict weight limits, which was a great motivator. But as I got older, it became much harder to meet those standards. When I was about 30, I started trying to lose weight. I tried every diet known to man: high fat, high fiber, nothing but salads and the "famous" cabbage soup diet. I'd regain weight almost immediately every time. Soon after, my wife and I were on vacation to China. While there, one of our tour guides named Kim put her arm around me and said, "You look like a Happy Buddha." The rest of the trip, I became known as "Hey, Buddha;" in essence, I became the group mascot. I was humiliated and angry, not at the tour guide but at myself. When we got back to the U.S., it was obvious that I needed to do something.
My wife suggested I give Nutrisystem a try. I balked at first but finally decided to quit the excuses and go for it. When I first unpacked the box, my initial reaction was, "Wow! That's a lot of food." It reminded me of the foods I ate every day when I was growing up. The first week, I dropped weight, and I was hooked. I was never hungry. I loved the absolute ease of Nutrisystem. We live out in the country, and it's hard to get some things delivered. Nutrisystem was delivered right to our door. Plus, it's convenient. It was really a joy to get home and be eating within 15 minutes. I tell my friends that the Nutrisystem food is about as close to home cooking as you can get.
I have made a lot of long-lasting friends through Nutrisystem. If I had a problem, they were there. If I wanted to share my success, they were there. The Nutrisystem family is just that—a family! When I wore size 50 pants and 3x shirts, I found that styles and colors were in short supply. Now it's like a new world of color and style has been opened for me. I owe this all to Nutrisystem. My family is extremely proud of me, my doctor is thrilled with the weight loss, but most importantly, I am proud of myself. I am a totally different person and have added years to my life. People in the building where I work don't even recognize me. One co-worker even asked, "Who's the new guy?" I have inspired several people to try Nutrisystem, including my wife and daughter. Quite a few of my friends have tried it, too, and all of them have had success. Thanks, Nutrisystem! You've changed my life for the better.