From Size 24 to Size 4: My Nutrisystem Review and Success Story

I wish I would have done this first

I Lost Weight and Found Myself – My Nutrisystem Success Story
I felt like I was fighting a losing battle…. There are certain veggies that you can eat as many of as you want like celery, cabbage, lettuce, carrots, etc. You have to eat your fruits and veggies. I can count the times I 'cheated' on the diet on one hand. I get asked to be in fashion shows now.

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My doctor prescribed medicine, which I didn't take, because I was afraid the pills would make me fat hahaha, the joke was on me …. I ended up with a goiter the size of a softball. I could barely swallow. The specialist recommended that I have radiation therapy. Soon after the therapy, I gained 20 pounds of the 40 that I lost back.

I felt like I was fighting a losing battle…. I write a blog and Nutrisystem had a new program for bloggers. They were asking bloggers to try their program, by providing them food and access to their website for their honest review of their program.

I just knew I had to try it. Right before I turned 40 last year , I made a promise to myself that this was the year I was going to lose the weight once and for all, one way or another. Then on my 40th birthday, I got word that I would get to be one of the Nutrisystem bloggers. Praise God, my prayers were about to be answered.

When I first started Nutrisystem I weighed pounds. I was depressed, had severe asthma, was afraid I would end up with Type II diabetes both types of diabetes run rampant in my family and all I wanted was to feel normal. I wanted to play with my kids and not feel tired. I wanted to walk up stairs and not be out of breath. I wanted to feel like if my kids wanted me to go down a slide or fit in some ridiculously small tunnel at the playground, that I could do it without fear of getting stuck.

When those first few boxes of Nutrisystem arrived on my doorstep it felt like Christmas. I had such an overwhelming feeling of hope. I read all the information and booklets that they sent. I went to the store and bought all the extra groceries that they recommended, like fresh fruits and veggies and whole grain breads.

I became a label reader. Everything I put in my mouth I wrote down in the daily planner that they provided. I started exercising again. Nutrisystem lets you break exercise down into ten-minute increments, three times a day.

Since my asthma was so horrible it was hard at first. I honestly had to set a kitchen timer for ten minutes and just walk in place. I did that three times a day. 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. 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.

It is so nice to find things that look good on me in a size 10! It has changed my family for the better. As a family, we are more active now. We take the kids to the zoo for entire afternoons. From my chiropractor and my OBGYN, to the principal and the other parents in my kids school, to fellow bloggers and people I meet in conferences I attend, in many different ways I have received encouraging compliments countless times since I started Nutrisystem.

I can honestly say that. With my weight loss, every facet of my life has changed and has changed for the better. I take better care of myself. I can honestly say that losing weight changes everything, and for that, I am thankful. To contact Lisa directly and learn more about her Nutrisystem story, visit her blog at: See the latest Nutrisystem coupons and deals here.

I wish I would have done this first First, talk to your doctor and get a realistic weight goal. I needed something, for once, to be easy Now, this is what I did. I was very happy to drink a chocolate protein shake every day! Get Your Support System I never would have been able to do this weight loss journey without the people around me.

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. If I keep my intake monitored I will maintain the weight I am at now. The sooner you get started the sooner you can be at your goal. I do not work for them but I do like to help others who are obese like I was become a healthy weight like I did. The message I want to give you in this Nutrisystem review is: