I Lost Weight and Found Myself – My Nutrisystem Success Story

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From Size 24 to Size 4: My Nutrisystem Review and Success Story
I did hit some bumps in the road. I was average weight for about a year in my early twenties when I met my husband. I honestly had to set a kitchen timer for ten minutes and just walk in place. I recently was asked to be part of a fashion show for athletic wear. I love pasta, pizza and ice cream.

I wish I would have done this first


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. I love this whole new life and I feel like I owe it all to Nutrisystem. I tried so many other diets in the past and nothing seemed to work as well as Nutrisystem did.

Nutrisystem broke every thing down for me and made it fail proof. I followed all the 'rules', but there were days that I didn't and I still lost weight.

I didn't always exercise, but I did most days. I can count the times I 'cheated' on the diet on one hand. It didn't hurt me, I still lost weight. I went from a depressed obese, embarrassed to be seen woman to a happy go lucky one who no longer cowers when a camera shows up. My family is what kept me going, they totally believed I could do it and their support is what kept me going. I love clothes shopping again and the time that I spend shopping with my daughters is priceless.

I am wearing the same jacket in both pics. I would recommend Nutrisystem over and over again. Sure it's pricey, but it's totally worth it.

And they give you so many tools and tips while you are on it, that when you go into maintenance mode, it's still pretty simple. Trust me, if I can do it…you can too! It's always been one of my goals to run again.

Before I had children, I was a runner. Since losing weight I wouldn't say that I see a marathon in my future, but I have enjoyed a renewed interest in running and also being outdoors.

My children and I love hiking on trails. We enjoy the challenge and each other's company. This summer I was able to cross another thing off my bucket list….

Ok, so our confession is that we didn't actually run the race…. But we did have an awesome time including running up the "Rocky steps", since the run was held in Philadelphia PA.

And it encouraged me to take more chances in life and to stop sitting on the sidelines. Since then, I have hiked in caves something I never would have done before — that old fear of small, tight places kept me far away from them, now not so much …hiked more trails and added some more mileage to those old running sneakers.

Exercise doesn't seem like such a chore anymore. It's all about the adventure that life itself has become. I also enrolled in college and I'm taking more chances and just enjoying the second chance at life. I feel like Nutrisystem has given me a second lease on life….

I not only plan on living for a long, long time to come, but I also plan to enjoy and love every single second. Would I choose to do Nutrisystem again? At pounds, I still have some weight that I would like to lose, but I have been able to maintain what I've lost so far. It hasn't always been easy and I have given in to some temptations now and then.

But salad and veggies still rule my life and I still watch my portions. I don't eat a lot of starchy carbs but if I do, I try to limit them to once a day. While I may never be a total health food nut, I'm no longer hiding in my closet eating those stress hormones away…I'm much more likely to walk or run those feelings off instead.

Another bonus is that my family is not only getting a much healthier, happier mom, but they are getting healthy themselves as well. Before Nutrisystem, I added butter to almost everything. Now they eat veggies without the extra fat of butter.

And the funny thing is, they love veggies way more in the "naked" way than the buttery, fattening way. I also have a sister in law who likes to text me encouragement. You would be amazed how much of driving force that is. If you know somebody losing weight, I highly recommend randomly texting them how good they are doing on their weight loss journey.

Even though I am no longer doing Nutrisystem at this point, she is still texting me, and it gives me the motivation to keep going on this journey. You may laugh at that list. However, I got to eat food I liked.

Instead, I had to eat smaller portions of it and find ways to make it more healthy. For example, I eat fat free cheese and fat free mayo now. I pay a little extra and I get the low calorie bread. Though I now have been making bread at home and trying to figure out how to make that a little more low calorie. I eat a chocolate chip granola bar every morning. I am not a person who has to change up what I eat. I am pretty boring like that.

For lunch, I eat a lunch bar which is covered in chocolate. I work from home, so I have a lot to get done while my kids are in school. I like foods I can eat on the go. Those you just microwave for 1 minute and then eat. Quick and easy, just the way I like it.

Of everything, those have to be my favorite food. For dinner, I had my choice of so many things. I could have my Nutrisystem meal match what I made everybody else in my house to eat. 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.