I wish I would have done this first
We eat out a lot. I have some stress in my life and exercise is my stress relief. Trust me, if I can do it…you can too! We take the kids to the zoo for entire afternoons. On the weekends my husband and I walk a lot. I can walk into Dress Barn and actually fit in all the cute dresses they have. I also enrolled in college and I'm taking more chances and just enjoying the second chance at life.
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Food has been my drug for a long time. I knew it was going to be difficult to kick the habit but Nutrisystem gave me the tools I needed to be successful. Some people prefer to have one final binge but I did not.
I got my first order just before the Christmas holidays. Some people are able to allow some planned indulgences but I am not one of those people. One thing I want to emphasize in this Nutrisystem review, is that before Nutrisystem I felt sluggish and tired most of the time. I do have a very busy schedule and get up super early but there is no reason for me to be tired all the time.
Nutrisystem helped me to increase my fruit and vegetable intake. I hardly ate any of them before. Now I have four servings of veggies and at least 2 fruits each day. I am able to make it through the day without feeling sleepy at all. I am always able to keep up with friends and family. I do not get out of breath or tired when we are doing physical activity now. A few months into my weightloss journey I started to get a lot of compliments.
Everyone was noticing the improvement and letting me know that I was looking good. I was encouraged to keep going with the compliments. I kept telling people to just wait and see what I looked like when I finally reached my goals. How Successful is Nutrisystem? Actually I continued with that trend all the way through to the end when I reached my goal.
I could lose more weight now if I chose to by following the same plan. Nutrisystem really does make it easy for you. They have it all planned out and show you how to be successful when trying to lose weight. Nutrisystem suggests you work out each day for 30 minutes.
I have followed those guidelines. I do a DVD each morning before work. The DVD is anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. I like to vary my workout so that I do not get bored doing the same things over and over. I have some stress in my life and exercise is my stress relief. I lost over pounds — Nutrisystem Results. I lost over pounds using Nutrisystem and surprisingly I do not have a lot of hanging extra skin.
My Nutrisystem before and after photo proves that. I attribute that success to my exercise. I know that the exercise has given me the shape that I have now and the muscles that keep me energetic and healthy. I have read a number of Nutrisystem reviews where people say that Nutrisystem is hard. Honestly it was never hard for me to stick to the Nutrisystem plan. I believe that it was easy for me because of the results that I was seeing.
You are able to customize the plan to your personal likings and tastes. I am pleased with the amount of flexibility that Nutrisytem provides. I like to eat a variety of foods and with Nutrisystem I am able to do that and still lose the weight. I am an all or nothing person so I was all in with this program and it provided me with the results that kept me motivated to stick with it until I reached my goal and even beyond into maintenance.
From Size 24 to Size 4 — Is Nutrisystem worth the money? I started out wearing a size 24 and now I have shorts as small as a 4. Nutrisystem is worth it. Each week when I stepped on that scale and noted another loss in weight I felt proud. Having success is very motivational. I did hit some bumps in the road. Sometimes life throws us curve balls. So no matter what happened in my life or at work, I just kept on keeping on. I like the structure that Nutrisystem provides.
I like eating on schedule. I like knowing what I am going to eat and when I am going to eat it. Nutrisystem is perfect for me. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first. I thought it sounded too good to be true. 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.
At first I felt a little silly, but then I thought, who cares, no one can see me and if I can feel my heart pumping fast for those ten minutes than it must be working.
I gradually increased the time and eventually added walking outdoors to my program. My children did it with me. They kept me company while I walked and encouraged me on those days where I just didn't feel like going.
When I first started telling people that I was using Nutrisystem, I heard a lot of negative comments…. It was hard to stay positive with all that negativity floating around me, but I remained positive and I started losing weight. In the first month, I lost 10 pounds. After that, things did slow down to a pound or so a week which is totally normal. It took me almost a year to lose 35 pounds, but I learned that slow and steady does win the race.
Weight loss is not a sprint, it's more like a marathon…where you just need to find the pace that works for you and go with it. I learned about proper portion control, how to eat the right combinations of food and so much more. Everyone at Nutrisystem is so friendly and willing to help. The website community was a huge support system as well. I learned that I had an amazing amount of will power.
The funny thing was I love to bake and cook and I was able to not only still do those things for my family, but I wasn't tempted to cheat on my diet in any way. I felt completely satisfied on the Nutrisystem food that I didn't feel hungry. I was able to cook meals that I could coincide with my Nutrisystem meal foods like pizza, hamburgers, spaghetti, etc. I ate basically the same thing my family did.
I do have to say that, while I loved the convenience of having my meals already prepared, it did start to become a chore of sorts after a while when it came to cooking other meals. That is probably my only complaint. At first it didn't bother me, but after being on the diet for as long as I was, it became almost a distraction of sorts when it was time to cook dinner for my family. I could make them food and still not be tempted to eat it, but it was sort of a pain to make dinner and then make my meal as well…it almost felt like I was cooking twice, even though it was only in the microwave.
The best thing about the diet is the convenience. I didn't have to think about calorie counting or what my next meal would be or how long it would take to prep for the meal.
I didn't have to worry about the proper portion size either. At first it was weird opening food and finding one cookie, or seeing a pizza the size of a postage stamp…I kept thinking is that all I get? I would have eaten twice or three times that amount before Nutrisystem. I thought how is that little bit of food going to fill me up.
The extra food that you add on really helps to bulk up your meals. There are certain veggies that you can eat as many of as you want like celery, cabbage, lettuce, carrots, etc. You just have to be careful because some vegetables are starchy like white potatoes, legumes and corn.
Those starchy vegetables are count as "smart carbs" and you can only eat two of those a day…you need to watch because fruit and whole grain breads and crackers also count as smart carbs. The diet can be tricky when you first start, meaning it's a little hard to figure out what combination of foods you want to eat, but once you get the hang of it, you will love the convenience of it.
Even now when I'm not really using the Nutrisystem food, I still follow the guidelines and follow a loose version of the diet. It keeps me on track. I still write down every thing I eat as well. So many of the tricks and tips that I learned while doing the diet, I still use.
In the past I have tried several methods of losing weight…a lot of them were diets that excluded certain foods, foods that I loved and craved and when I quit the diet, I promptly ate and of course gained the weight back. But, with Nutrisystem, I could still eat the foods that I loved. I love pasta, pizza and ice cream. Nutrisystem has those foods…just served in the correct portion size. For instance, they have two different types of pizza, one served on a flatbread crust and another on a thick pizza crust.
I just added veggies and turkey pepperoni which counts as a protein and I was happy as a lark. They also have frozen pizzas, which were also delicious. And don't get me started on the desserts…. You seriously can not say that there isn't a thing you don't like on the Nutrisystem diet. There are so many different choices to choose from. To say that Nutrisystem saved my life is a huge understatement. My health has improved by leaps and bounds. I no longer fear the playground equipment.
I can not only walk up stairs but run up them and not get out of breath. I can play with my kids on a playground and not worry about getting stuck in the tunnel or breaking a swing. I can play games with my family and enjoy every minute of it. 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.
I can walk into a store and buy clothes. For me, this is the most amazing thing. Can I tell you how great it is to walk into your favorite store and fit into the stuff there?
It has been so long since I could walk into Kohls and just buy something off the rack. I am actually looking forward to shopping for them. I can walk into Dress Barn and actually fit in all the cute dresses they have.