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Two years ago, my mom and best friend were diagnosed with cancer. It changed everything. It made everyone's lives so much more precious. There was only one problemI forgot about my own. I forgot that I was important, too. In my efforts to help my mom during her illness and surgery and raise my son through his early years of high school, I let my health and my weight deteriorate. At 268 pounds, it became difficult to bend over and tie my shoes; it became difficult to walk very far without getting winded; it became embarrassing to spend time with friendsso I just didn't. My weight also took a toll on my blood pressure, because it was climbing just like my dress size.
On July 4, 2011, I decided to come back hometo a place where I could be in control of my life, a place where I could make healthy decisions and feel better about myselfI came back to Nutrisystem. You see, I'd lost weight with Nutrisystem before, and this time was no different; I lost 106 lbs.!* I'm just a few pounds from my goal weight and getting closer every day. My blood pressure is now well within the normal range. I'm getting so much healthier and happier. It feels great to take care of me! One of the best things about having success on a weight loss program is that it's contagious. I now have friends on the Nutrisystem® program that are having tremendous success, too.
I've learned to continuously set minigoals to keep myself focused, not only weight loss goals, but other goals as well. Last December, I began a running program. At first, I was running 30 seconds at a time, which I thought I'd never get through, and I've been building up my distance ever since. I ran my first 5K race in March and my first 10K race in May. I'm training for a half marathon in December that I'll be running in honor of my mom to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma. I couldn't have done any of this without the help of Nutrisystem. I now have the tools that I need to become the person that my mom and my son deserve, and most importantly, the tools that help remind me that I'm important, too.