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Nolan Harris lost 70 pounds

The Take It Off Weight Loss Program has been a life changing experience for me! I’ve lost approximately 70 pounds and several coat and pants sizes since starting the program. I thought it is important that I share my story with others so that maybe they might be inspired to loose weight.

This program was easier than I thought it would be. It suggests a common-sense approach to eating, recommends weekly exercise, and includes a coach to keep you motivated and to track your progress. So I cut back on the portions, watched the amount of fats and sugars I ate, drank plenty of water and exercised moderately-an average of about 30 to 45 minutes a day five days a week. The Take It Off Program provides a coach. My coach and I met every Saturday. She was wonderful! We checked my weight and talked about what I ate. She also talked to me about how to deal with situations- for example, how to eat at a party, and what types of food to select at a restaurant and still enjoy my meal. I occasionally ate at restaurants but I made good choices about what I ate. Most of all, my coach let me know I was doing a good job, and to continue what I was doing. A pat on the back is always a good motivator!

Another important part of the Take It Off Program is the log. A log is used to document everything you eat each day. The log lets you know how much of what types of food you can eat. Keeping track of what I ate was important how many proteins, starches, fats, vegetables, etc… At first it was a bother. It took time to write down everything. But it made me aware of everything I consumed over the course of the day. The more I became aware of what I ate, the better choices I started to make. This is what the Take It Off Program is all about-making good choices. After a few months, I didn’t need to write things down any more. I make good choices every day. This is a permanent change I have made in my way of life.

Those who hadn’t seen me in a while were in for quite a shock when they saw me after my weight loss. Comments like, “You look years younger.” and “I almost didn’t recognize you.” made me feel good about myself again. I’ve also become more physically active. I’ve recently taken up hiking, for example.

I also want to share with you the joy I get from trying on new clothes. It’s fun! I used to wear a coat size 46, shirt size 18, and pant size 38. Now I ware a coat size 40, shirt size 16, and my waist-a 32! When I put on my new clothes, I think I look nice and well dressed. I’m so proud of my self!

I think this was one of the most important things I’ve done for myself in a long, long time. I’m glad I made the choice to participate in the Take It Off Program, and to make the commitment of a healthier life style. I hope you do too!

– Nolan Harris
Merceed, CA