Category: Nutrisystem

Recommitting Myself To Nutrisystem In 2018

 

If you have followed my blog for the past couple of years (or more) you’ll likely remember the journey I went through in 2016 to find a happier healthier me. Thanks to Nutrisystem, I was able to lose 55 pounds, reach my goal weight, and feel better than ever about myself.
The last half of 2017 was a pretty tough time for me. There were various reasons that my stress levels were sky-high and I have to admit that I did not handle the stress as well as I could have. Then the holidays hit and what else comes with holidays? Sugary, delectable treats. With my stress mounting higher than ever and so many hard to resist treats around, my life-long struggle with food won and here I am facing 2018 thirteen pounds heavier than what my goal weight was, which I struggled so hard to get to. Rather than let my weight spiral out of control I decided I was going to do something about it, and recommit myself to my health and wellness this year.

 

Today marks the start of my new Nutrisystem journey with more clear goals in my sights this time around. In 2016 I was so incredibly focused on that number on the scale. Those little digits on a scale were my defining moments, which led me to lose the weight, yes, but this time around I’m looking to make a complete lifestyle change. While working on losing the 13 lbs gained, I want to improve my stamina, improve my endurance, strengthen my cardiovascular system, and improve my flexibility as well. I am completely recommitting myself to my health and wellness this year and I couldn’t imagine doing it any other way than with Nutrisystem.

 

This first week will be my ‘Turbo week’ which means pretty restricted calories to help kick off the weight loss and get my body geared up and my metabolism revving. Since the first week does have such restricted calories I won’t be able to stat any workouts just yet, but I have a brand new treadmill arriving on Wednesday so that once Turbo Week is over I can kick things into high gear. I’m so pumped for this new year and the new me that will be emerging along with it. Stay tuned folks…the best is yet to come!!

Week 46 on Nutrisystem…Maintaining Is A Whole New Beast! #NSNation #Ad

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What an incredible journey this has been so far!  Week 46 on Nutrisystem is here and I’m so ready to tackle this new week!  As I enter the maintenance phase, it’s a whole new beast trying to figure out exactly what works for me.  Each person and their metabolism are different and will need different things to maintain, just the same as losing weight.  I have been adding in additional portions which worked for the first week, but I was surprised to step on the scale and see that this past week I’ve lost a pound.  I had a particularly busier week than usual so I’m realizing that I need to fluctuate what I eat based on my activity, which can be a little tricky but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.

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I’m still eating the Nutrisystem foods as I learn to maintain…it will help me get through the holiday season before I totally go on my own to maintain.  I’m SUPER glad I made this decision, especially today.  On rough days I always find myself wanting candy, particularly bite-size candy bars that are easy to pop in and eat.  I found a great trick that helps me get through these cravings while still staying completely on plan.  I like to cut the lunch bars into small chunks so they are just the same size as those little bite-size candies.  Because the lunch bars taste just like a candy bar anyway, it’s a perfect compromise to satisfy my cravings without destroying all of my hard work.  As I (unfortunately) mark the 5 year anniversary of a friends murder today, I found myself having those same old cravings.  I went to my go-to trick to help quiet the candy cravings and I realized I’d never shared this trick with you all!  If you’re struggling to get over the sugar cravings on rough days I really recommend this trick!  You’ll eat the bar much slower, feel fuller, and feel like you’re indulging without straying off plan one bit.

I can’t wait to see how Nutrisystem helps me through the holidays, stay tuned for weekly check-ins!

Be sure to follow Nutrisystem on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for lots of great tips and tricks that are useful for everyone, whether you’re currently on Nutrisystem or not.

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

Week 45 on Nutrisystem…GOOAAALLLLL!! #NSNation #Ad

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Week 45 on Nutrisystem sure did sneak up quickly on me!  I have met my original goal of 50 lbs PLUS an additional 5.5 lbs lost and I have never felt better.  I have been adding in additional foods now that I’ve entered my maintenance phase and I think I’m pretty close to figuring out what works for me.  I lost .5 lbs this week so I obviously need to add just a bit more but so far so good.

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My beautiful little gold Goal bear arrived and I have to tell you I never thought I’d be so happy about a little stuffed bear.  This bear symbolizes all of the hard work and dedication that has gone into this weight loss journey thus far.  I keep this gold bear easily visible in my living room to help remind me the dedication I’ve had to see this through.  With the kids humongous stash of Halloween candy it sure has been hard, but seeing this little gold bear all day long helps me remember what that awful junk did to me, which led me to Nutrisystem in the first place.

I can’t wait to see how Nutrisystem helps me through the holidays, stay tuned for weekly check-ins!

Be sure to follow Nutrisystem on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for lots of great tips and tricks that are useful for everyone, whether you’re currently on Nutrisystem or not.

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

Week 44 on Nutrisystem…Keeping Healthy Habits #NSNation #Ad

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Week 44 is here and I’m feeling fabulous!  When I started Nutrisystem, my goal weight was 130 lbs.  Throughout the journey I decided I would try for 120 lbs instead and see how I felt.  Well, after reaching 125 lbs I actually felt pretty satisfied with where I was and now am entering my maintaining phase.  I would have never in a million years imagined that I would reach my goal PLUS an additional 5 lbs…CRAZY!!

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I didn’t realize how much of a difference 55 lbs would be.  You can see from the BMI index above, when I started Nutrisystem at 180 lbs, I was not a healthy person, not even close.  Not only was I considered ‘overweight’, but ‘obese’.  Ouch…that one really stung.  As I’ve told you all before, losing my father due to his obesity related health issues was a big motivator for me.  I didn’t want my children to endure the same thing.  Not only are you losing weight, but you are improving your overall health and increasing your life span…what a wonderful gift to yourself and the ones that love you!

After telling my kids I had finally reached my goal, they were so excited and so proud of me and I can’t begin to describe to you how good that felt.  The next day, I had a Nutrisystem bar for breakfast, a Nutrisystem lunch bar for lunch, and one of my favorite flex dinners in a slightly larger portion.  By lunch time my 5 year old was questioning me why I was still eating ‘diet’, and that I could have anything I wanted now.  I explained to her that eating the same old way will do no good.  The biggest goal was for me to become healthy for life, and live a long time for her and her brothers.  She understood pretty well and has even started to make some healthier choices when it comes to snack time too!  Keeping these healthy habits that Nutrisystem helped me learn is key to maintaining my success, and the added benefit of my children making healthier choices is a huge mom-win!

Be sure to follow Nutrisystem on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for lots of great tips and tricks that are useful for everyone, whether you’re currently on Nutrisystem or not.

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

Week 43 on Nutrisystem…Results That Speak For Themselves #NSNation #Ad

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Well hello week 43, you sure did sneak up on me!  I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and how the weight has melted away.  I lost 2 lbs this past week for a total of 55 lbs!!!  I never thought I would come this far, and Nutrisystem has made it all possible.

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I can TELL you about my results all day long but there is nothing that speaks louder than pictures.  I can not believe that just 10 months ago that ‘before’ woman was me!  I was so uncomfortable, hated being inside my own skin, and was desperate for a change.  Nutrisystem entered my life and changed my world completely and in the best way possible.  The foods taste amazing, the plan works, and the results are more impressive than I could’ve ever anticipated.  The road has been rough, sure, but it’s all been worth it and I wouldn’t change a minute of this journey.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to push for the last 5 lbs, I’m honestly pretty happy where I’m at right now and contemplating maintaining my weight while toning up the areas that I dislike after having children.  Either way, I will continue to share my journey with you all as it unfolds and I hope you all stay with me.

Be sure to follow Nutrisystem on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for lots of great tips and tricks that are useful for everyone, whether you’re currently on Nutrisystem or not.

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

Week 42 on Nutrisystem…I Know I Can!! #NSNation #Ad

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Welcome week 42!!  Nutrisystem is changing my life, one day and one ounce at a time.  This past week I did have a slow loss week, 0.2 lbs, but I’m still grateful for every single ounce.  As all women will understand, there’s a portion of the month where the scale is affected and doesn’t read accurately due to water retention.  Weeks like this I turn to my measurements to see the loss…you can’t rely on just the scale!  I measure 6 areas of my body (thigh, buttocks, waist, under bust, over bust, and bicep) and this week I was happy to see a total loss of 7 cm, almost 3 whole inches!

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Seriously guys, weight loss is HARD!  That’s why I share my slow/no loss weeks as they are.  It’s not a picture perfect journey and anyone who says it is, is a liar.  That’s why taking measurements is so important!  Weeks where you don’t see the scale move, you’ll see your measurements change and it’s just the right kick in the pants to keep going.  Sometimes I feel like the Little Engine That Could, but instead of ‘I think I can’, I repeat to myself ‘I KNOW I can!’.  It’s not a matter of ‘if’ I’ll hit my goal, it’s a matter of ‘when’.  Eventually I’ll get there and until then I’ll just keep chugging along and enjoying the benefits of a healthy lifestyle that I’m learning to live.  One day, one ounce at a time, I’ll get there.

Be sure to follow Nutrisystem on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for lots of great tips and tricks that are useful for everyone, whether you’re currently on Nutrisystem or not.

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

Week 41 on Nutrisystem…Putting Things Into Perspective #NSNation #Ad

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Say what????  Week 41 on Nutrisystem is here already??  Time sure does fly when you’re losing weight and having fun.  This past week I lost 1 lb for a total of 52.8 lbs so far…can you believe it?  Sometimes I still have a hard time believing it myself.  This week, I truly realized just how much that weight loss is.

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This past week my weight loss was put into perspective.  I keep my dog’s food in a big airtight container, which I usually have my husband fill.  He had a couple busy days so I didn’t nag him about filling the container even though it bothered me that it was in my way.  I decided I was going to dump the 50 lb bag of food in and OH. MY. GOSH!!  Are you kidding me??  I could barely drag the thing let alone lift it and dump it into the container.  My mind was absolutely blown!  I have lost 2.8 lbs more than what I could hardly drag around…no wonder why my body always hurt!  I see myself in the mirror every day so I don’t always realize just how dramatic the loss can be.  I’m so happy to *SO CLOSE* to my goal and thankful for every single day.

I hope you all stay with me on this journey, it’s not over yet…just 7.2 more lbs to go!!

Be sure to follow Nutrisystem on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for lots of great tips and tricks that are useful for everyone, whether you’re currently on Nutrisystem or not.

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

 

Week 40 on Nutrisystem…Keeping My Eyes On The Prize #NSNation #Ad

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Wow, week 40 on Nutrisystem is here and I can’t believe the time has flown so fast!  I have been having a blast, eating great food, and watching the weight melt away…what could be better?!  Last week I lost 0.8 lbs for a total loss of 51.8 lbs!!  I’m getting so, SO close to that goal…only 8.2 more lbs to go!  I was asked a question by a friend recently, and I thought it was a great question.  I was chatting with a good friend about how the weight loss has slowed as I get closer to my goal when she asked, “do you get discouraged?  Do you ever feel like giving up?”.  NO!  Of course not!  If I set unreal expectations, I would be setting myself up for failure and that’s not good for anybody.  I don’t have any weekly loss targets, and I’m thankful for every single ounce lost.

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Do you see that picture up there ^^ ?!  THAT is my motivation to keep going.  I absolutely can not believe that ‘before’ was me in January.  I feel like a whole new person, nothing like that unhealthy ‘before’ person.  This past week I did have a particularly rough week…I’m not sure why but it was a Murphy’s law kind of week…anything that could go wrong DID.  Sure, it would be easy to turn to my comfort foods and chalk it up to my week but honestly, what good would that do?  The next day I would feel bloated, disappointed in myself, and full of regret.  When I have a bad day (or week) the progress pictures I’ve taken help get me through.  Watching the new me emerge is a fun and exciting journey, and I don’t want to destroy all of the hard work, dedication, and determination that’s gone into my progress thus far.

I hope you all stay with me on this journey, it’s not over yet!!

Be sure to follow Nutrisystem on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for lots of great tips and tricks that are useful for everyone, whether you’re currently on Nutrisystem or not.

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

Week 39 On Nutrisystem…Doing Things I Never Thought I’d Do Again #NSNation #Ad

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Week 39 on Nutrisystem is here and I have to say I’m so thankful for this program every single day.  This past week I lost 1 lb for a grand total of 51 lbs so far!  Just 9 more lbs to my goal…I can’t believe it!

Thanks to Nutrisystem, I am finding the courage to do more and more of the things I used to love to do.  When I was younger, I loved artificial rock wall climbing!  There was a local little mini-theme park that had a rock wall that my friends and I used to climb all the time.  Where I live now, we have an annual festival day where there’s a huge parade, followed by tons of vendors and family fun activities.  There’s a car show, obstacle course, mechanical bull riding, 2 story water slide, and yes, even a rock wall.  We attend this event every year, but I have not participated in any of the activities (except for shopping around at the vendors) in YEARS!  I wanted to climb that wall so many times, but the reality was I didn’t have the stamina, energy, or strength to get myself up that wall so I never tried.

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THIS YEAR WAS A WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY!  This year I am 51 lbs lighter than previous years.  This year I have more strength, energy, stamina, and CONFIDENCE to tackle this wall for the first time in years…in front of a large crowd no less.  (What you can’t see, is behind where pictures are being taken.  There were hundreds of people there!)  I didn’t anticipate having the courage to tackle the wall, so I didn’t really chose the best footwear.  I had to take off my shoes, climb in very slippery socks, and unfortunately didn’t make it to the top.  I ended up making it about 3/4 of the way up (farther up than pictured, of course!) before my socks made my left foot slip and down I went.  Next year, I will be prepared, and I WILL reach the top of that wall!!

Thanks to Nutrisystem, I feel like I have my life back.  I feel like for the first time in YEARS, I can enjoy being me, and enjoy the things I love.  My kids were so excited to see me climb up that wall…they’ve NEVER seen Mom do anything like that.  I heard my 13 year old son (who only made it up 2 steps before giving up) say “wow, Mom is strong!” while my other 2 children agreed, and that was the best feeling EVER!

I hope you all stay with me on this journey as I struggle to get these last 9 lbs off.  It seems now that I’m so close to my goal it’s coming off slower, but I’m okay with slow, steady progress.  I’m still thankful for every ounce lost.

Be sure to follow Nutrisystem on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for lots of great tips and tricks that are useful for everyone, whether you’re currently on Nutrisystem or not.

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.

 

Week 37 On Nutrisystem…Loving The New Me! #NSNation #Ad

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Hello week 37!!!  I have been SO patient and SO dedicated…what an amazing life changing journey this has been so far!  I’m very proud to say I had success with my new food options this past week and lost another 1.2 lbs for a grand total of 50 lbs!!  I still have a hard time believing that the Nutrisystem program works so well.

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I will be the first person to tell you that some days haven’t been as easy as others.  There are days where I would love to just have one of the kids’ cookies, just one serving of potato chips…willpower is key to getting through those days.  I stick to the plan, have something Nutrisystem approved that’s comparable, and just keep going.  One day, one ounce at a time, I have become 50 lbs lighter and I’m LOVING the new me!  Just 10 more pounds to my goal and I’m hoping you all stay with me for the rest of the journey.  It’s crazy to me that less than a year ago I was that unhappy ‘before’ person.  Never again thanks to Nutrisystem!

Be sure to follow Nutrisystem on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for lots of great tips and tricks that are useful for everyone, whether you’re currently on Nutrisystem or not.

 

Nutrisystem is providing (Stephany of Stephany’s Sweet Life) with their program free of charge for their participation in their blogger program: Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. All of my thoughts and opinion are my own. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.