When Joey Miller's wife, Amanda, broke down in tears because she was worried about the health risks of his weight, the father-of-one knew he had to take action.
So the 33-year-old started following a strict meal plan and began exercising for 30 minutes each day at the gym. After six months, Joey had lost an impressive 79 pounds!
"To say my life has completely changed is an understatement — there is absolutely no way I am going back!" Joey, who previously weighed 280 pounds, exclusively told Closer Weekly of his weight loss journey.
Find out how Joey shed the weight below!
Joey before his weight loss journey. (Photo Credit: Joey Miller)
I was very lazy and complacent. I was happy, but I always felt exhausted and never wanted to participate in any activities with my family. One day, my wife and I had a serious conversation about my weight and she broke down and told me she was truly concerned for my health. She said something had to change if I wanted to see my son grow up, because I was on a destructive path. I had never seen her like that before and I knew then that I had to make a serious change.
One night my wife and I were watching TV and we saw a Nutrisystem commercial with Marie Osmond. My wife suggested I give the program a try, so we researched a little and the next morning I called and ordered their meal plan.
Joey with his wife, Amanda, and son, Colby, before his weight loss. (Photo Credit: Joey Miller)
To lose weight, I ate only food from the program for all of my meals. I started doing about 30 minutes of cardio — just walking on the treadmill — and some light weight-lifting each day. Every few weeks, I increased my speed on the treadmill until I was lightly jogging. After a month exercising on the treadmill, I started using the elliptical for an additional 15 minutes of cardio. Now, I typically do 45 minutes of cardio and 15 minutes of weight-lifting per day.
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The most difficult part was the emotional aspect of weight loss. The first few days of my weight loss journey, I didn't see any change and almost gave up, but my wife wouldn't let me. She told me to give it another week and to stop checking the scale every five minutes and just follow the program. Once I weighed in at the end of that first week week and realized I had lost seven pounds, I knew that losing weight was something I could continue to do and nobody could stop me.
Joey after his 79-pound weight loss. (Photo Credit: Nutrisystem)
I know it sounds cliché, but I feel like a completely different person. I am so much more active and have more energy to enjoy activities with my family and friends. My six-year-old son used to run circles around me and I would try to keep up as best I could, but would always have to tell him to slow down. Now I have to tell him to speed up! My relationship with my wife has also become much stronger. It is amazing to get hugs from my wife and feel her arms go all the way around me. To say my life has completely changed is an understatement — there is absolutely no way I am going back!
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