His story

Tyler Vosefski admits that fast food was his weakness. Three hamburgers and two orders of chicken McNuggets was his standard McDonalds order, and he ate double lunches and double snacks regularly. His devotion to Xbox and video games meant only his thumbs, nothing else, got a workout for hours at a time. He wasn’t athletic in school and didn’t particularly like gym class.

“When my gym teacher wanted me to run, I would just walk. I was so lazy, but if I ran, I was dying for oxygen,” says Vosefski. In November of 2014, weighing 302 pounds, he started having “jolts of pain” in his chest. “I was really scared. I didn’t want to find out years from now that I had heart problems from being overweight so young.”

He saw a cardiologist and had tests done which didn’t detect any medical problems. Vosefski’s mother, a Jenny Craig member, suggested he try the meal plan program. He wasn’t hopeful but started it anyway. A 9-pound weight loss the first week quickly changed his mind. “I was very pleased and happy. Every week I kept losing, usually two pounds a week, but one week I lost 8 pounds. I was stoked.”

After 14 months on Jenny Craig, Vosefski lost 109 pounds. “It’s a great thing. I can walk up the stairs without feeling like I’m having a heart attack.” Vosefski’s goal weight is 184 pounds. He continues to see a cardiologist.

His diet

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Vosefski has program products: pancakes and sausage or cereal for breakfast. For lunch he likes the stuffed pizza bites. Dinner can be shrimp and linguine or meatloaf with BBQ sauce and carrots and broccoli. He snacks on items like popcorn, cheese curls, s’mores bars, black bean taco chips or an Anytime bar. He makes sure to drink 10 bottles of water a day.

His exercise

Vosefski goes to the gym 5 to 6 days a week and does a combination of running and walking for one mile. He also lifts weights.

His advice

“You have to want it. With enough motivation and determination you can do anything. Don’t let people walk over you. Be positive, not negative.”