National Geographic : 2007 Sep
lenda survived a serious car accident that nearly killed her and left her partiallyparalyzed. Despite that, after finishing college at West Point,she went on to medical school, got marriedand gave birth to her son, Avi. But the pressures of being a new mom and an overwhelmed psychiatry resident eventually took their toll. Her weight climbed to an all-new high. -I was desperate. My life was coming apart at the seams until... I found NutriSystem." Between my pregnancy and my injuries, it was impossible to keep my weight down. Dealing with a physical handicap and scars was hard sfore enough; it was especially difficult to be over weight on top Then I GED discovered that my husband was 53 bS having an affair, and my marriage beganfalling apart. Part of me kept thinking: if I were slim, would things have ended this way? I desperately needed control of my life but just didn't know where to start. Then I tried NutriSystem. Since then, I've lost 53 pounds and three jeans sizes on the NutriSystem program,* and I've gained so much self-confidence. NutriSystem changed my life! I had decided if I had more control over my life-my weight, my health, my appearance-maybe things would be a little bit easier. One night I was on the internet looking up options for weight loss surgery when I saw an ad for NutriSystem. That's when I made the decision that I was going to do this. Instead of arranging for surgery, I joined NutriSystem and placed an order for food. For the first time in a long time, I felt hopeful. Now, a year after reaching my goal, I still have people telling me how amazed they are at my transformation. It's like having my own personal chef! The NutriSystem program is so convenient and a real time-saver, especially for busy moms like me. Now, I have more time to play with my son and relax because I'm not cooking all the time. Having your meals delivered to your door is priceless. It's so simple: I just open a box, lay out the food, add some fruit and veggies and go to town. I hate dieting. It's always felt like I was punishing myself and depriving myself of something I love-food! But NutriSystem food really tastes great! I got to eat my favorites-and I still lost weight. I cleared out my closet and got rid of eight bags of clothes that were too big. I would have never had the guts to do that before. That really represents a change in my self-esteem and my self-confidence. Losing weight has brought out a confidence in me that was always there but just hidden. If I can do it, you can, too! Here I am: 53 pounds lighter and three jeans sizes smaller.* I feel great, have more energy, and best of all, I've gained the self-confidence I deserve. Believe me, if NutriSystem can work for me-with everything I've been through-it can work for you, too. Call today. nutrisystem FodFrTo ek The secret is the NutriSystem Glycemic AdvantageTM The power of the Glycemic Advantage T M allowed me to eat carbs and lose weight. You see, the people at NutriSystem have found a way to separate good carbs from bad. So I ate pizza, pasta and chocolate and still lost weight. Plus, it was totally affordable. For about $10 a day, NutriSystem gives you three meals and desserts-and membership is absolutely free. I started seeing great results, and everyone noticed. When I started the program, the most challenging part of losing weight was being the only one who believed I could do it. No one really expected me to lose as much weight as I did. Now, when I look in the mirror, I'm proud of the job I did, and I still get people telling me how great I look.