Rx for Weight Loss Success
Father of 3 loses 60 lbs.*, gains family time
Being a pharmacist, I really enjoy people and helping them to live better lives. So I have a great interest in health and nutrition, especially as they relate to chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. I also enjoy biking, running, sports of all types (especially football and baseball), and family activities such as swimming, skiing and badminton.
But that wasn’t always the case.
I have struggled with weight as long as I can remember. In grade school, I was always the”husky” one. Thank goodness I was always a bit athletic or things would have been a lot worse. I must have been on 50 diets as a teenager. Nothing worked long-term. This really did a number on my self-confidence. After college, I began to gain weight more rapidly because my lifestyle became more sedentary because I was working seven 12-hour days per week—not a lot of fun. This didn’t leave me a lot of time for exercise, and eating on the job was just whatever and whenever: nothing good and always too fast. I tried every fad diet along the way, but nothing leads to long-term success or happiness.
Being heavy took quite an emotional toll on me. Continued diet failures only lead to more frustration, denial and dislike for myself. And not being able to do the things with my kids that I wanted to do at age 25 or 30 was quite devastating. It was just too painful and taxing to play any type of outside sports with them. I was content to always say,”Let’s just watch a movie.” It was disappointing to them, devastating to me.
Finally, after going to the doctor for the”I just don’t feel right” checkup and being told that my cholesterol was dangerously high and my blood pressure was in the red zone, and that if I didn’t change my ways I would most likely become diabetic and be a good candidate for an early heart attack or stroke, I decided to educate myself and lose the weight. (As you can tell, health care practitioners do not always make the best patients.) Plus, as a pharmacist, I preached the right things to my patients every day, but I was not living by the same message. I had to stop and call myself a hypocrite. It was time to change.
Hi, I’m Mark, a 37-year-old husband and father living in Texas. I’ve been married to my wonderful wife Allyson for 16½ years, and I have 3 kids (Hunter, 15, Margaux, 10, and Layla, 9 months). This is my weight-loss story.
I did the research, and NutriSystem was the easiest and most practical solution for me. The cost was in line with what I wanted to spend, and the other programs of this sort seemed to cater only to women. Plus, the program fits perfectly in my lifestyle, especially the convenience of the meals. Being able to pop a lunch or dinner in the microwave and add a few simple side dishes makes this so simple to follow and easy stick to.
I like everything about the NutriSystem program, but especially the food and the website. The foods are wonderful (I especially like the Tender Beef with Vegetables, Minestrone Soup, Chicken Cacciatore, Tacos, Cheese Pizza, and Sloppy Joes), and the website is a great source for information and encouragement. I love to read everyone’s comments on the bulletin boards. I got a lot of great ideas and received a ton of inspiration from that. All in all, the program worked great for me: I’ve lost 60 lbs.* so far!
The results have literally been life-changing for not only me, but for my family and for all the patients that I come in contact with. In fact, not a day goes by that I don’t get a comment from someone about how much better I look and how happy they are for me. And my family has been a tremendous support to me. Allyson even enrolled in the NutriSystem program to support me, and to lose the last little baby fat from her most recent pregnancy. She was able to lose 15 pounds*! We are also applying the same healthy principles to our kids’ food choices and exercise routines. They have adapted to our new, healthy eating and exercise lifestyle with very few complaints at all. What a difference it has made in them, especially in my son Hunter.
And as I mentioned earlier, I love outdoor activities, so a whole new world has opened up for me. In my late 20’s, any outdoor activity was incredibly difficult. Baseball, basketball and biking were out of the question and any activity was uncomfortable. Today, I can compete (at least in my mind) with my 15-year-old son, I can ride my bicycle 100 miles at a time, and I can run a 5K in under 27 minutes. I am able to compete in sports again, and can do things with my kids without being miserable all the time. It has added a whole new dimension to our lives. As I said, a whole new world. I could not have imagined this 10 years ago.
The most challenging part of my weight-loss journey was getting started. I wish I would have done this years ago and that it would not have taken a scare at the doctor’s office to shock me into reality. And, in addition to the support of my family and friends, watching others around me change their lifestyles because of what I have done is extremely rewarding. Through my success, I have motivated several co-workers and many friends to give NutriSystem a try. Many of them are having great results.
At this point, I am full of life. I am living life to its ultimate potential. I feel as if I can do anything that I want or be anything that I want to be. If nothing else, I have set an example for my family, so that my kids will never have to suffer the problems of being overweight and unhealthy. I love the new life I have. I think my wife would agree, too! I will never allow myself to go back to that old life.
I set my goal weight initially at 180 pounds. As of today, I am down to 184 lbs. I have no intentions of stopping what I am doing. I know that when my body reaches the point at which it should be, I will stop losing weight. From that point forward it will just be maintenance since NutriSystem has definitely prepared me for a long life of healthy eating by teaching me about portion control, low-glycemic foods, and variety. In addition, I have tried to incorporate exercises that I will be able to do the rest of my life, as well as a variety of activities that are fun for me and my family.
Anyone who is struggling with weight should give NutriSystem a try. The program is extremely easy to follow and will give you all the support that you need or want. This program leaves no guesswork.
I would like to thank NutriSystem for what they have done for my life. This program has been the launching pad to my new and improved life and to better health. Thank you, NutriSystem, for being there!