A Colorado couple lost more than 200 pounds combined by exchanging their diet of fast-food and soda for eating at home and exercising together.
At his heaviest, Nick Hensley, from Grand Junction, Colorado, weighed 265 pounds.
He was used to eating out on a regular basis with his wife, Tricia Hensley, who weighed 278 pounds.
The couple did not skimp on their fast-food orders, which they repeated almost every day, sometimes for every meal.
“We have this drive-thru restaurant that’s open 24 hours,” Tricia Hensley, 37, told People.
“So we’d get this really large burrito that they made with pork, beef, chicken, shrimp, potatoes, and it’s really big, and then we’d each have a cheese quesadilla, and churros. It was crazy.”
Another one of their favorites was pizza and soda.
“We’d get two large pizzas, two orders of the bread, hot wings, the dessert — two different kinds of dessert because you can’t just choose one — and then soda, of course,” Hensley said. “We would consume four cases of soda a week at home, and more while out.”
The couple’s weight loss journey started in 2017 when they won a raffle to join Jenny Craig for one year.
They decided to give the program a try and found that they liked having all of their meals prepared and ready to go.
As they began to see their body compositions change, the Hensleys were encouraged to continue with the program and started taking walks together.
“I did not deviate at all from the menu. I had tunnel vision,” Tricia Hensley said. “I was seeing my chart go down, and I could see it in photos.”
The couple stayed committed even during social events, where they would bring their own program-approved foods to avoid over-indulging.
After one year, Tricia Hensley lost 149 pounds and 87 inches, and Nick Hensley lost 87 pounds.
Daily walks turned into hiking and even running, leaving the couple looking and feeling better than they had in a long time.
“I can totally touch my toes whereas before I couldn’t even see them,” Tricia Hensley said. “I can bend and tie my shoes, and shave my legs without needing Nicholas’s help. I mean, the tiniest things.”
Nick Hensley said he was shocked when he saw the side-by-side photo of himself, not realizing just how much weight he had to lose in the first place.
“I never really thought of myself as being overweight or big like that until seeing the pictures now,” he said.
“Side-by-side with where I was and where I am. It is still kind of shocking.”
The Hensleys say their weight-loss journey has been healthy for their marriage.
“Ultimately, my favorite thing about our weight loss is that we did it together,” Tricia Hensley said. “This journey has brought us closer as a couple, showing us that together we can do anything.”
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