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I'm a 44-year-old mom of two teenagers who has always been a yo-yo dieter. I really believe that all of those years of dieting, skipping meals, and just unhealthy living in general messed up my metabolism so much that it was hard for me to lose weight. I exercised and ate pretty well, but my portion sizes were just out of control. I thought I understood so much about healthy living, dieting, calorie counting, and exercising as I've pretty much tried almost every fad diet out there—but nothing worked for me.
I resigned myself to just accepting the fact that I was overweight. I told myself that most people my age looked like me. I looked better than some, worse than others; move on, accept it. Then one evening when I was feeling especially depressed and discouraged, my husband asked if I wanted to try one of the programs that were advertised on TV. At first I wasn't sure that I wanted to go that route—after all, that would prove that I wasn't able to lose the weight myself. It would be like admitting I couldn't control myself. I thought maybe it was a scam and what would happen after I stopped eating the food...I was very skeptical.
I decided I would try it for one month and if it was a scam, then lesson learned. Well, that turned out to be the best diet decision I have ever made. The Nutrisystem® program was extremely easy to follow. It has become a lifestyle for me of healthy eating and exercise. I never thought that I would ever be able to say this, but now I am running 3 to 5 miles twice a week! I feel better than I have in years. My self-esteem has greatly improved, and I finally feel like the confident and happy person that I have always wanted to be.