I wish I would have done this first
Ken admits Nutrisystem helps him eat less daily. Sometimes you do have to ask for it. However, with the help of friends and family, I am learning how to dress this much thinner body, so that is shows off all of my hard work. I did hit some bumps in the road. Yes, it is a whole lot of fun if you like Zombies.
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Some nights that made a world of difference. I often times had pizza, ravioli, hamburgers, etc. My favorite so-called junk foods that I could eat for dinner whenever I wanted was heaven. Now, I had my pick of so many chocolate things: Being able to eat so many chocolate things allowed this to not feel like a diet.
Weight loss is a marathon not a sprint. That statement is the hardest lesson I had to learn in this journey. I lost 76 lbs. I am currently the weight I was in college. I am pre-kids and pre-wedding. The hardest thing to wrap your head around is that 1 — 2 lbs. In a world where ads are constantly bombarding you that you can lose 30 lbs in a week, it is often times hard to remember that 1 — 2 lbs is really what you are shooting for.
Until the end of my weight loss journey, I consistently lost something every week. Since weight loss is marathon, if you have a bad day or even week, you just get back on that horse.
You are in this for the long haul. What has this weight loss netted me? In jeans, I went from a 24W to a In shirts, I went from a 2x-3x, to a M. I literally had to empty my closet and buy all new clothes. I do have a hard time buying smaller clothes, because I think everything should be baggy. However, with the help of friends and family, I am learning how to dress this much thinner body, so that is shows off all of my hard work.
When I look in the mirror, I often times still see the heavier me. I luck out that I see the thinner me when I see pictures of myself though I still see some of the fat I need to still lose. I am in the process of retraining my brain, so I see what the world does. I look at a picture of myself that I think I look thin in and remind myself every single day that is me. Remember that portion control thing I mentioned earlier? I bought smaller plates.
Smaller portions look bigger in small plates. Do I know I am tricking myself? However, go with what works! Learning to eat in moderation is key. Nutrisystem taught me moderation. We eat out a lot. However, when I started looking at what I was eating, I saw the calorie count of those babies.
Sometimes you do have to ask for it. If you asked me what my Nutrisystem journey has all been about, I would say: Before Nutrisystem, exercise was a 4 letter word in my vocabulary. When you are fat, exercise is hard. However, Nutrisystem makes it easy. It is that kind of flexibility that makes the Nutrisystem workable.
When I started, I thought I was going to die with a 10 minute workout. Now, I can Zumba for an hour and I still feel like dying but for a different reason. We have an instructor that pushes us and kicks our butts! I have also found ways to exercise that I like. I have an app on phone called Run Zombies Run that makes running a whole lot more fun. Your running speed is determined by whether or not you have a Zombie breathing down your neck. Yes, it is a whole lot of fun if you like Zombies.
You have to find something you like to do otherwise you will never stick to it. Get Up And Move. I take an active role in getting off my butt now. I volunteer to mow the lawn and to shovel.
I no longer look for the closest parking spot unless it is cold and snowing. Then I still do. I would have just donated money. This year, I will walk it with my husband and my kids. Snack Size Is Your Friend. That being said, I am smarter about them. I buy the little snack ones for my kids lunches.
If I feel the need to eat some Doritos, I just have a snack size bag. However, Nutrisystem worked for me. It taught me how to eat better without the stress of counting calories.
It taught me portion control. It taught me to like myself again. It taught me that I like to walk into a store and buy things of the rack. However, somebody told me on Facebook that I have set such a great example for my kids. I had a goal to lose weight. I tried my best, and I achieved it. Well, I may not have achieved the lbs. I originally was trying for, but my almost 80 lbs weight loss still is pretty good. I showed my kids what happens when you put your mind to it. That I can be proud of and stand behind.
I have 5 weddings this year to attend, because I will be able to walk into any store I want and find a dress that actually fits! I can run now. Running at over lbs. However, I can play soccer with my kids now I even helped fill in as a coach last season.
Best of all, not only was I able to keep up 2nd and 3rd graders, I was able to get out of bed the next morning! I also did the Pretty Muddy run last year. The Pretty Muddy Run is an all women race where there is running and obstacles. You can go as fast or as slow as you want. Well, you also get muddy. I can keep up now. Now, I am leading the crowd even though I am usually shorter than everyone else.
I get asked to be in fashion shows now. I recently was asked to be part of a fashion show for athletic wear. Plus, it was extremely nice to see that athletic wear is becoming way more fashionable. Nutrisystem commercials seem like the program would be very simple and easy to follow. I never understood how someone with so much weight to lose like I had could eat the same things as someone with just a few pounds to lose.
It seemed to me that we would need different programs but with Nutrisystem we can both use the same program and still be successful. Cutting back on eating out and choosing Nutrisystem instead saved me money.
As other Nutrisystem reviews attest, you have to follow the plan. You have to exercise. You have to drink your water. You have to avoid alcohol. You have to eat your fruits and veggies. You have to put in the work and you will see the Nutrisystem results.
Calories in versus calories burned. I like the whole idea of Nutrisystem because with the plan you are still eating regular foods. You are given the tools you need to succeed and transition back into eating regular foods again once you have reached your goal.
The first few months I had to log what I ate each day. I also logged the amount of exercise that I did. Now I am able to do the logging in my head. I eat more now than I did when I was actively trying to lose weight but I still monitor my weight and if I see it going up I just go back to doing what I did to lose the weight and keep it down where it needs to be.
Weight is going to be a lifelong battle for me. I am always going to have to exercise and watch what I eat but now I know how to do it. I know that if I do find myself gaining weight I can lose it again. I am going to be very attentive to my body and keep watching myself to try and never be overweight again. I fluctuate between and pounds lost now. I went from weighing in at pounds to weighing somewhere around I have been as low as but it seems to stay right around I have been maintaining for nearly a year.
It took me right at a year to reach my goal. I lost pounds a week each week the whole time I was following the plan. I am still amazed at how far I have come.
When I fold my clothes I have a hard time believing how small my clothes are now. I wear a Medium size shirt and in pants. I have some small dresses and shorts. I can wear clothes for nearly any store. I used to be limited in where I could shop, but not anymore. While I was losing weight my sister also joined Nutrisystem. She lost over 70 pounds and really enjoyed the program as well.
She lost her weight a lot quicker than I did. She was inspired to join because she saw me losing weight. My sister is a little older than me and after having two children she felt as though she would never get the baby weight off. Nutrisystem made it possible for her to get the baby weight off.
Nutrisystem provides counselors to help you with your plan. You can call and talk to them when you hit a plateau. You can also use the forums on the Nutrisystem website to connect with other people using the program. With Nutrisystem you will never feel as though you are doing this on your own. You have a whole support system. They have been around over 40 years and they are here to stay because they really do know what they are doing.
Nutrisystem works and they provide a sure fire way to get the weight off and keep it off. Nutrisystem is different than the other programs out there before they make it simple. You just follow their plan and eat their food along with some additional add-ins that you purchase at the grocery store and watch the weight come flying off.
On Nutrisystem you are eating several times a day. Nutrisystem allows you to eat a dessert each and every day. The desserts are really good too. I love the ice cream sandwiches. They are absolutely my favorite. I also enjoy the cookies.
While on the Nutrisystem program I received the shelf stable foods and the fresh frozen foods too. I love the fresh frozen foods but I also enjoy the shelf stable foods. There is not a breakfast or dessert that I did not enjoy. I could eat any of the shelf stable and frozen desserts and breakfasts.
They are all delicious. My favorite breakfasts are the turkey and egg breakfast sandwich, the breakfast burrito, the muffins, and the peanut butter granola bar.
I enjoyed having the burrito for lunch and the tuna salad was another favorite of mine. When you eat the tuna salad you get to put it on sandwich thin bread. I always eat a big green salad with some Nutrisystem approved dressing with my lunch.
The dinners were a little trickier for me to find the ones that I liked. I love the hamburger, the chicken, the pizzas and the spaghetti. I sauté some veggies and add them to the dinner entrée and that makes them delicious. So a typical day on Nutrisystem would go like this. I get up and exercise for 30 minutes to an hour. I drink coffee and water after my workout to get my body moving. Then after a shower I get ready for work and when I get to work I have breakfast. Breakfast is a protein shake and a breakfast entrée.
Most mornings I would have a muffin with a protein shake. Then mid-morning I would have what they call a power fuel and a smart carb, which is some greek yogurt or cottage cheese with fresh fruit.
Next I would have my lunch in a few hours. For lunch I would have a big salad with lots of veggies and a low-fat low-calorie dressing. My favorite dressings are Greek yogurt based and considered a limited extra on the Nutrisystem plan because they are 35 calories per serving. You can have up to 3 limited extras throughout the day. A few more hours after lunch, I would have another power fuel and smart carb.
Typically that would be an apple with peanut butter. Finally I would have my dinner with some more veggies and a dessert right before bed. See how much food you get to eat on the Nutrisystem plan? I always saved my dessert as long as possible because looking forward to the dessert helped me stay away from temptations throughout the day. I work at a fairly large office and there are lots of birthdays and other celebrations.
Each celebration is a temptation that I am able to either resist or give into. I choose to resist those temptations because I do not like how I feel when I give into them.
Nutrisystem gives me chocolate so I can resist other chocolate temptations. There is always a food selection that will meet your cravings and satisfy your hunger. With Nutrisystem I just grab my food for the day on the way out the door. I have everything I need to stay full and satisfy my hunger throughout the day. The truth is that Nutrisystem is actually less money then I spent on food before I began the program. I am so happy that I decided to take the plunge and order Nutrisystem.
It has truly changed my life and I am so grateful that I have found a way to live that I feel happier, healthier and have so much more energy. I am so happy that I have lost this weight. My initial goal was to get to pounds. Once I reached easily I just kept going for another 10 pounds. I love the way I look and I love the way I feel even more. Words cannot describe the amount of energy and confidence I have.
I have always been fairly confident but now I feel as if nobody can stop me. I feel as though I can do anything I put my mind to. Being overweight had me living a life with lots of limits.
Now I am totally able to do anything I want to do. I am able to keep the weight off by monitoring my caloric intake as well as continuing to do my daily workouts. I have become slightly addicted to working out so I wake up and work out each morning. On the weekends my husband and I walk a lot.
We enjoy the time together and the activity is good for our spirits. It really is true that being active is good for you mentally as well as physically. I get on the scale on a regular basis and if I see an increase in weight then I cut back on what I eat to keep the weight off.
Exercise is very important but weight loss is directly related to how much I eat. If I eat too much I will gain weight.