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May042018

Clay J. 

“I have known about the D.TOX program since its inception because I helped create the website. I work as a vendor for Life Time, and I have been a yo-yo dieter for over 20 years. Since I am a web developer, much of my day is spent sitting in front of a computer. 

"My eating habits were not great. I would always seek out convenience food, and that usually meant something processed and full of sugar. I have been pretty discouraged by ‘dieting’ the past couple of years, because as a 45-year-old male, losing weight didn’t come as easy as when I was 30. In fact, it seemed impossible, because no matter what I tried, the pounds would just stay there. I also had another big issue, which was a love for my evening cocktail . . . ok, cocktails. Breaking that habit was going to be difficult, but I knew that was a big part of my inability to lose weight.

"I started working with Samantha, a dietitian at the corporate office, a couple of months ago trying to make small changes week by week. More water, supplements, tracking food, more protein. I started to notice a difference, but Samantha told me early on that she wanted me to do the D.TOX program, which frankly scared the heck out of me. 

"The time came for me to jump into D.TOX, and Samantha helped me prep, and I also attended one of the in-club D.TOX discussions one Saturday. I knew it would be tough, but my wife agreed to do it with me, and having that support ended up being a big component for success. We got our D.TOX Kits and read all of the materials that I had put on the website, but honestly had never examined before. The guide clearly laid the plan out in an easy to understand way. The next two weeks were going to be tough, but I knew if I followed Samantha’s advice and studied what I could and couldn’t eat, I would be solid. 

"I asked her why most people fail. She said it is all about the meal and snack prep. She couldn’t have been more right. Having meals and snacks on the ready make this program 100% easier. I won’t get into the day-to-day, but I tried to keep it super simple. Shake in the morning, pre-prepped meal for lunch and dinner with lots of protein and veggies. Oh yeah, and no alcohol. The first couple of nights I felt a little out of sorts without my cocktail, so I tried to keep my hands and mind busy until bedtime. After a week, I could feel my cravings subsiding and the pounds started to fall off! WHAT!?!  After two weeks, I was down 12 pounds. HUH!? Did D.TOX and I just become best friends? YEP! 

"Coming off D.TOX wasn’t the moment I thought it would be. I pictured my head in a basket of chicken wings while having a 16 oz. Bourbon Manhattan by my side. I know, I’m supposed to reintroduce one thing at a time, but a boy can dream. The funny thing was, I didn’t want any of those things. I brought back my one cup of coffee in the morning, but I stayed away from sugar, gluten, soy and dairy. I can now have a drink or two on the weekends, but I’m such a lightweight that I don’t want any more than that. I have to say this was a great kick start to eating (and drinking) clean. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, and it gives me a new appreciation for eating and living clean. I’m looking forward to doing it again!”