When I started with the program I weighed about 257 pounds and had an A1C of 6.4. At the end of the program I weighed 217 and I plan to lose more. My mom has type 2 diabetes and my dad also had it before he passed. As a result, my mother encouraged me to enroll in the class but she was concerned about me actually completing it. Based on what I learned in the classes, I changed my diet from fried oyster po’boy sandwiches and all kinds of fried foods to much healthier choices. I bought a Magic Bullet and now I love to make vegetable and fruit smoothies. I make 1 or 2 healthy smoothies every day and I watch what I eat and how much. I also started taking a photo of every meal so I would remember what to put on my food tracker and also see where I needed to make more changes. Gradually I began to change from high fat high calorie foods to more healthy choices. I attended the classes faithfully and I want to be an example to my family by taking care of myself. I look for nutrient rich foods and I can really tell the difference when I don’t have time to prepare my smoothies or when I go off of my program. I always feel much better when I get back on track. Because of a bad knee injury, I had a very serious challenge initially when it comes to exercise but going to physical therapy helped me increase my physical activity. Like many others, financial challenges also made it difficult at the beginning to make healthy food choices but he was able to find a way to make that work as well. It really is about making good choices not only about what you eat but what you spend your money on.