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Marlow couple take charge of their life

MARLOW  A Marlow couple set out to make lifestyle changes at the end of May and had lost over 105 combined pounds late last week  and were still losing  in their journey toward slimming down and better health.

Dennis Eaves, 44, and his wife April, 38, said their five children ages 3 to 17 (yours, mine and ours) didn't even notice the changes at first. When they used ground turkey in spaghetti, the kids didn't seem to notice.

They exercise when they can, but credit much of the lifestyle change to healthier eating habits.

Dennis said his father who passed away last year, had told him he needed to lose some weight if he wanted to be around when his 3-year-old son gets older. Dennis' doctor had been warning him for some time that if he didn't bring his A1C numbers down, he would have to start taking shots for diabetes.

"With listening to Dad and looking at some pictures we had taken, it was just amazing," Dennis said. "You don't realize how big you are sometimes, until you see pictures. I thought, 'Man, I can't hardly do anything.' I was out of breath."

April started first and she said for her, it wasn't about medical reasons. "It was something I'd been wanting to do for a long time, I just never had the support to do it," April said.

"She started hers and I thought, 'Let's do it,"' Dennis said. "We both got on the Lose It app on our phones. We document everything. She measures everything. Luckily, where I work, we cook out every day. We cook chicken or pork chops. I measure everything there. We've got a scale. The key is to measure everything. We eat a lot of salad."

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