HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - It's hard to believe when we last talked to Janet Crawford she took a lot of medicine because she had high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and high insulin levels - and she was overweight.
"I have lost 60 pounds. When I get up in the morning, I don't ache. My joints don't hurt," she said.
She has been medication free since week six. We visited her on week 18 of the program.
While making her hospital rounds, this nurse practitioner said she can move easily and now even takes the stairs.
"I got my life back. And that was the whole goal - to get my life back - and I've got it back," Crawford exclaimed.
Now she wants to start checking off things on her bucket list.
"I want to run a marathon. I figure it's time, so I am starting my training," she said.
She said she wants to keep up with her Marine sons and her grandchildren.
Back in November, she said she tried other programs that just didn't work. So what's different here?
"Because I see a behaviorist, and I have broken through why I feel the need for weight," she said.
The program's coordinator, Cathy Cameron said there are reasons why this new approach works.
"This program is different because it is a holistic approach. You know you can lose weight. A lot of programs can help you lose weight, but what keeps it off is dealing with the behavioral aspect," she said.
Cameron said behaviors are decisions you make based on certain stimuli.
"If you're watching the cooking channel, that's a cue to eat. So a behavior that we might teach you is how to deal with a visual cue," Cameron explained.
The EatRight program got its start at Huntsville Hospital in October of 2012, and it's been very successful, not just in this case but overall.
"So overall we are seeing drastic reductions in weight, reductions in fats in the blood like your lipids," added Cameron.
She said, despite fast food, stress, and lifestyle challenges, there is an overall feeling of wellness for participants.