Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dreaming Big

Me: what do you want to be when you grow up?

Olivia, on her first day of Pre-K:  well I will probably get a job but they will fire me so I guess I will just have to find a new one.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 14: Weight Loss Problems

I'm currently going back in time one month to tell you about this week of Nutrisystem.  The self inflicted busy is just out of control, I swear!  And I am tired of my own excuses for not blogging.  So hello!  I'm in the middle of a lifestyle change, how are you?! 

When I started Nutrisystem in February, I felt so horribly bad about myself.  I had 20+ pounds to lose, no energy to exercise, and was full of excuses why it was too hard to lose weight. Because honestly, I've never in my life been overweight.  My weight struggles consisted of losing 3-5 pounds which were probably period weight anyway.  This 20 pounds felt like a million and it just seemed too hard.  Two years of eating my emotions made me a totally different person - I didn't know how to get out of the rut.

My BMI was bumping up against OBESE and so I figured, what the hell.  May as well try Nutrisystem.  I wasn't at all thinking of changing my eating totally - I was thinking of losing some weight with an easy diet.  And like most "diets," I lost pretty quickly at first.  Which was an awesome confidence builder.  Like, hey.  I can maybe do this thing! 

Lighter 18 pounds, I started back to work full time the first week in May.  When I started interviewing for jobs in February, I bought size 14 pants.  And they were tight.  I returned to work wearing size 8 pants that are on the verge of being loose.  My underwear almost fell off as I was walking across the cafeteria one day.  I seriously told the other girl who was training with me that she was in charge of giving me a heads up if she saw my underwear around my ankles.  (Way professional.  Always.)


Lost the baby weight in my ring finger.
Married again for the first time since July 2010.

My Progress So Far:


Week 1: -2.4
Week 2: -3.8
Week 3: -1
Week 4: -1.8
Month 1 Total: 9 pounds lost!
Week 5: -.4
Week 6: -2.2
Week 7: -1.4
Week 8: -.4
Month 2 Total: 13.4 pounds lost!
Week 9: -.6
Week 10: -.6
Week 11: -1.4
Week 12: -.8
Month 3 Total: 16.8 Pounds Lost!
Week 13: -.6
Week 14: -.2
Total Lost: 17.6 Pounds

Another kick ass week on Nutrisystem.  My workouts are super hard and last an hour, and I love them.  I'm eating so many healthy foods as snacks.  I'm making excellent decisions when I eat outside of the Success plan.  I'm used to smaller portions and more frequent meals and am never hungry.

I'm happy and sad that my time with Nutrisystem is coming to a close.  I'd like to continue but blogging is just too much of a commitment for me right now.  I have two more posts to do and my program will be complete.  I've gotten a few grumbles about missing my old blog (I do too - I used to be very funny!) but I've gotten way more emails with questions and updates of readers who are starting out on Nutrisystem because of me.   Which is awesome!  I'm getting the food for free in exchange for blogging, but I don't get anything when someone signs up.  I could jump on my blog and tell you that I hate it and it wouldn't change the terms of our agreement.  The truth is, I LOVE NUTRISYSTEM for giving me the tools to shed all these freaking stupid pounds and feel normal again.
If you'd like to join me in using Nutrisystem to lose weight and start a healthier way of eating, follow this link: Join Nutrisystem or call 1-888-853-4689.

Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 13: Less Chubby, More Sweaty

Week 13 of Nutrisystem was fabulous as always.  My only actual complaint is that I had to go shopping and buy a bunch of new cute clothes to wear to work because all the stuff I've been wearing is too big.  Woe, etc.

Lots of confessions this week.  I didn't drink enough water or eat enough vegetables.  I ate out.  Twice.  I even had a beer.  I exercised like crazy though and I think it made up for it because I still lost another .6 pounds.

I was trying to find a couple of face pictures to compare but sadly, I have no recent pictures of myself.  Or...I should say, I have no normal pictures of myself.  I do have pictures of myself that I text to my friends when I feel like they might be missing me.  Which is always because my company is way pleasurable.


September and May
Less chubby, more sweaty.



My Progress So Far:

Week 1: -2.4
Week 2: -3.8
Week 3: -1
Week 4: -1.8
Month 1 Total: 9 pounds lost!
Week 5: -.4
Week 6: -2.2
Week 7: -1.4
Week 8: -.4
Month 2 Total: 13.4 pounds lost!
Week 9: -.6
Week 10: -.6
Week 11: -1.4
Week 12: -.8
Month 3 Total: 16.8 Pounds Lost!
Week 13: -.6
Total Lost: 17.4 Pounds

This Friday is actually my last day of Nutrisystem, wrapping up week 16.  I'm behind on writing but have still been killing it on the Success plan.  I'm hoping to get all caught up this week, but we all know that I'm not super reliable so whatever. 


If you'd like to join me in using Nutrisystem to lose weight and start a healthier way of eating, follow this link: Join Nutrisystem or call 1-888-853-4689.


Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 12: (my) Behind (is smaller-ish)

My week 12 of Nutrisystem actually ended on April 26 and I am so far behind that I am now fondly looking back on the week and telling you about it.  Thankfully I keep good notes in the same place where I track my foods so I'm good to go.  I'm not sure why I'm so behind with things, but everything is good and I'm catching up now. 

So.  It was the end of Nutrisystem week 12 and And AND the end of my first month of crazy workouts.  I'm wearing pre-twin clothes and buying new things and actually feeling like a normal human being.

My Progress So Far:

Week 1: -2.4
Week 2: -3.8
Week 3: -1
Week 4: -1.8
Month 1 Total: 9 pounds lost!
Week 5: -.4
Week 6: -2.2
Week 7: -1.4
Week 8: -.4
Month 2 Total: 13.4 pounds lost!
Week 9: -.6
Week 10: -.6
Week 11: -1.4
Week 12: -.8
Total: 16.8 Pounds Lost!

I feel like I've totally mastered Nutrisystem at this point.  Thinking about snack options while shopping just comes natural.  Organizing my shipments of food is so much easier than that first shipment - I have my shelves cleared and everything has a spot.  I know which foods to order because I've tried everything they offer. 

One thing that has bothered me a bit is that Olivia has picked up on the fact that I'm not eating what everyone else eats, and that she cannot eat my food.  Because these Nutrisystem foods look as yummy as they are, and they look mighty appealing to a four year old.  Which is fine, but it bothers me that the topic of weight and weight loss and dieting would be on her radar.  I've told her that sometimes mommies need special food to get healthy and strong after having a baby, and she seems ok with that.  But I want to make sure that she grows up to be confident and proud of her body.

I want to make sure she grows up and doesn't pick her nose.  That too.

What has made me so happy is that Olivia loves to watch me exercise, and often jumps in and does the moves with me.  I want her to grow up with the idea that you should work your muscles because it is the good thing to do for your body and health.  NOT to be "skinny" or whatever.  We flex our muscles together and talk about how strong we are.  Obviously Olivia's muscles are bigger but it is probably from all the flexing she does while nose picking...


April 1-April 26: High Intensity Interval Training
Lots more definition in my stomach!  And in my arms.
Best.workouts.ever.

I look back at my weights that I've tracked when I get discouraged.  It helps give me perspective on how far I've come.  I weigh just over 51 pounds less than when I was full-term with Adelle.  I weigh 32 pounds less than what I weighed when the crazy fast post-baby weight loss stopped.  I am only about 10-15 pounds away from my goal.  Nutrisystem has definitely been the kick start of my success and I am always telling people how much I love it.  If you think you might love it too but have questions, please feel free to email me!  I will shoot you straight I swear!

If you'd like to join me in using Nutrisystem to lose weight and start a healthier way of eating, follow this link: Join Nutrisystem or call 1-888-853-4689.


Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.



Monday, April 29, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 11: Nut butter. Heh.

Almost at the end of three months of Nutrisystem!  I can't think of new ways to say how much I love Nutrisystem.  It has been the perfect way for me to change my bad habits and actually start losing weight and paying attention to what I am eating.

My Progress So Far:

Week 1: -2.4
Week 2: -3.8
Week 3: -1
Week 4: -1.8
Month 1 Total: 9 pounds lost!
Week 5: -.4
Week 6: -2.2
Week 7: -1.4
Week 8: -.4
Month 2 Total: 13.4 pounds lost!
Week 9: -.6
Week 10: -.6
Week 11: -1.4
Total: 16 Pounds Lost!

This week put me at the weight I was after I lost all of my Olivia baby weight in 2009.  Or, all baby weight lost and just infertility weight remaining.  So I'm getting there! 

I'm still enjoying the Nutrisystem foods and am rarely (almost never) tempted to cheat.  I really thought that I tried everything on the menu at this point, but I was really excited to see a new frozen meal in my delivery.  Sweet & Sour chicken - it was so delicious too. 


Sweet & Sour Chicken
Get in my belly.
  I've been trying to switch up my proteins and I have developed a sick love affair with almond butter.  Like, I love it more than is normal.  I also like to call it nut butter and then laugh like a child.  Nut butter (heh) on my bagel in the morning.  Better than anything I've had for breakfast in a long time!   My only confession is that I've been horrible about eating vegetables this week.  Like, zero veggies most days.  Not.good.  Mostly I just don't have time to get to the store because things are nuts right now or my kids are sick (ear and double eye infection OLIVIA) or I am trying to finish reading Harry Potter because I like doing things about 5 years behind everyone else.   BUT!  I'm killing it with workouts and otherwise my eating and water are right on track.  My shorts are thisclose to fitting and summer is coming.  I'm shopping in the back of my closet and I love it!   If you'd like to join me in using Nutrisystem to lose weight and start a healthier way of eating, follow this link: Join Nutrisystem or call 1-888-853-4689.

Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 10: Flex!

OH MY GOSH.  The busy just swallowed me up this week and then spit me out.  Just now.  I'm a big slimy spit ball rolling over to my laptop to type this entry an entire week late.  It is shameful.

All of the free time I was using to type freaking cover letters and perfect my resume?  Well, it turns out those soul-sucking tasks finally paid off.  Yesterday, I accepted an offer for a full-time position starting the first week in May.  After I asked the important questions, like, do I have to wear pantyhose?  And,  can I wear peep toe shoes?  I was scrambling around to figure out childcare before I accepted.


My mighty, about to be gainfully employed again, bicep.
And my hairy armpit.  Shaving?  Ain't nobody got time for that.

In addition to having a stellar week employment-wise, I had another stellar Nutrisystem week.  I think I missed my vegetable goal once and my water goal once.  In the past, the stress of interviewing and waiting for a call and negotiating an offer and waiting again?  Would have sent me straight to a pile of nachos and cheese to calm my nerves.  I can tell you with 100% honesty that I wasn't tempted to cheat and did not cheat at all.  Big change for me!

I have been working out like crazy (which is a synonym for the exercise program I'm doing, IfYouKnowWhatIMean) and seeing big changes in my body.  The scale is slowing down but who cares about that, really.  I'm almost half way through this 60 workout and I am feeling so strong.  I probably couldn't kick your ass or anything but I could probably do like 15 moving pushups.  So yay.

Ten weeks of Nutrisystem and I've had a loss every single week.  I think that's is freaking fantastic!

My Progress So Far:
Week 1: -2.4
Week 2: -3.8
Week 3: -1
Week 4: -1.8
Month 1 Total: 9 pounds lost!
Week 5: -.4
Week 6: -2.2
Week 7: -1.4
Week 8: -.4
Month 2 Total: 13.4 pounds lost!
Week 9: -.6
Week 10: -.6
Total: 14.6 Pounds!
I only have six weeks left in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogging Program  and my goal of losing twenty pounds is looking totally feasible.  I am already trying to plan my transition off of Nutrisystem by making lists of meals and recipes for every meal. 

If you have healthy snack ideas, please post them in the comments!  Snacks are difficult for me, as is breakfast.  I'm always accepting suggestions!

If you'd like to join me in using Nutrisystem to lose weight and start a healthier way of eating, follow this link: Join Nutrisystem or call 1-888-853-4689.

Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 9: This is my life.

Week 9 of Nutrisystem was just as great as the previous 8.  While my weekly losses seem to be slowing a bit, I am noticing big changes in my body from all of the exercise I am getting.  And I'd rather be fit than skinny so I am alright with that!

My Progress So Far:

Week 1: -2.4
Week 2: -3.8
Week 3: -1
Week 4: -1.8
Month 1 Total: 9 pounds lost!
Week 5: -.4
Week 6: -2.2
Week 7: -1.4
Week 8: -.4
Month 2 Total: 13.4 pounds lost!
Week 9: -.6
Total: 14 Pounds!

I really don't even need a success and confession post this week.  I followed the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select Plan exactly - drank enough water, ate all 4 servings of vegetables daily, ate healthy protein and carb snacks, and blew my exercise requirement out of the water. 

At this point, I don't even really have to think about what I'm doing.  I've tried the Nutrisystem foods and know what I like, so creating my monthly menu only takes me a minute.  Shopping for my snacks is easy too, because I have memorized the portions and choices and can pick and choose what I want for the week. 

I've been feeling kind of guilty because my blog is All Nutrisystem, All The Time.  I feel like I should be writing other things.  But truthfully, aside from my kids, this weight loss and exercise program is my life.  I get up, play with the kids from 6-9, exercise while Adelle naps and Olivia is at preschool, shower quickly and maybe look presentable (or maybe not).  By that time, Adelle is up and it is playtime again.  During Adelle's second nap, I've been job searching and submitting resumes and cover letters (which, OMG, not.fun.at.all.) or playing just with Olivia or getting dinner ready or...etc.

And not to be all Pity Me/Woe or whatever, but it has been a long time since I took care of myself properly and I am so motivated right now.  Exercise doesn't feel like a chore because I have so much more energy and feel so good when I'm working my ass off (almost literally).  So I guess when it's the choice between an hour workout or having the time to update my blog, the choice is easy.

Speaking of choices, I was just telling someone (Olivia's preschool teacher, actually) about Nutrisystem after she complemented me on my weight loss.  She said she had heard of it but was afraid to try it because of the cost.  And I get that.  It is expensive - I don't think anyone would try to deny that.  Truthfully, I don't know that I would have been willing to pay for it either.

A few weeks ago, I had to cheat and eat lunch out because I forgot my meal bar and was super hungry.  Do you know what I spent at lunch?  For ONE meal?  I spent $12 at lunch, and I had a cup of soup, side salad, and diet pop.  Nutrisystem plans vary in cost but the plan I am on starts at $11/day with plans starting at $8/day.  And you get breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!  For what I spent for one lunch!

This is where I need to remind you that I don't have to say any of this stuff, I just want to.  The only thing I'm required to say is the disclosure at the bottom.  I get nothing if you sign up.  I just seriously love Nutrisystem so much.  And I've gone from feeling frustrated to feeling motivated and seeing results.  I can assure you, if you follow the plan and make changes, it will be worth every penny!

Good deal at Nutrisystem right now!


I've lost 14 pounds and 2 pant sizes in 9 weeks.  I've adjusted to eating smaller, more frequent meals and healthy snacks throughout the day.  I'm working out 6 days a week and I feel strong. 

That's it!  This week I absolutely HAVE TO take measurements again.  It slipped my mind but I think that I will see changes there for sure.

And maybe I will write about something else this week.  Or maybe not.
If you'd like to join me in using Nutrisystem to lose weight and start a healthier way of eating, follow this link: Join Nutrisystem or call 1-888-853-4689.

Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 8: Being Nice to Myself

I am half way done with my 16 week Nutrisystem program!  I can't believe it has been two months since I started.  It is working so well for me and I am so excited for these next two months.  I have a real shot of getting beyond my goal.  Which seemed quite impossible just a few months ago.

Since this is my halfway point, I took a picture to get a look at my progress.  When I initially snapped the picture I just felt horrible about how it looked and I started to get really down on myself.  And then I went back to my Before pictures.

And then I decided that I am kicking freaking ass and that I need to be nice to myself.  I've come a long way.

I've been going back and forth about posting this picture.  Because a lot of people that I know in real life see this, and I am totally embarrassed about how I look.  It is so much easier for strangers to read about my feeeeelllllinnnngggssss and see my enormous stretch-marked stomach but when I people I know read it?  The.freaking.worst. 

But then also, I've done my fair share of searching for before/after fitness pictures that made me feel like I had a shot of looking normal again.  So I'm going to post it.  Here it is:



I'm dying inside just knowing that you are looking at this.

1. Those are the same clothes in both pictures.  They are so much longer because there is less area to cover!

2. I got these results by using the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select plan for eight weeks and exercising for 30-60 minutes a day, 3-5 days per week.  I even have some teeny weeny arm muscles!

3. I swear that I am not sucking it in or anything at all.

4. My stretch marks are colorless now so yay for that!

5. My phone camera lens is super scratched HOLY HELL.

This week I did cheat again.  I ate Easter dinner at my mom's.  I convinced myself that I would just have 2 ounces of turkey and some vegetables. LOLFOREVER.  I had those but also I ate All Of The Stuffing That Ever Stuffing-ed.  And then I felt horrible afterward and chugged a bunch of water to make up for it.

I did still manage a loss though - another .4 pounds gonzo!

My Progress So Far:

Week 1: -2.4
Week 2: -3.8
Week 3: -1
Week 4: -1.8
Month 1 Total: 9 pounds lost!
Week 5: -.4
Week 6: -2.2
Week 7: -1.4
Week 8: -.4
Halfway Mark Loss Total: 13.4 Pounds!

I took measurements at the beginning but haven't gotten around to doing that again.  I'll do that this week though! 

It seems like my legs and my arms have gotten the Be Normal Memo.  My stomach?  Mmmm not so much.  It is by far my biggest challenge - it sticks out and has weird lumps and bumps and is super weak.  I still have no pants that fit right and any that I try on look all crazy on me.  But.  BUT!  I'm trying to be nicer to myself and just keep working because I've come pretty far in two months. 

I'm really hoping to exceed my goal by the end of my Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, but if I haven't I am seriously going to continue with one of the transition programs.  Dinners on my own, maybe?  I don't know.  I will decide when I get there.  But I really love the program and I am still so grateful to be included.  Thank you thank you thank you Nutrisystem!

If you'd like to join me in using Nutrisystem to lose weight and start a healthier way of eating, follow this link: Join Nutrisystem or call 1-888-853-4689.


Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

This is why I have no time to write blogs.

I took the dogs out for, oh, two minutes? Three, tops. Olivia is at my mom's and I'm home alone with Adelle "destructicon" Knepper.

Oh well. I can maybe blog again in like 17 years...at least she is really cute!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 7: Real Pictures of Food

I had another ridiculously fantastic week on Nutrisystem.  I'm down another 1.4 pounds this week, and my workouts have been kicking ass.  Next week is my halfway point and I'm thinking about posting some beginning and midpoint pictures of myself.  Maybe.  We will see if I am brave enough!

My Progress So Far:
Week 1: -2.4

Week 2: -3.8
Week 3: -1
Week 4: -1.8
Month 1 Total: 9 pounds lost!
Week 5: -.4
Week 6: -2.2
Week 7: -1.4
Total: 13 Pounds lost!

Since I am working out so much - an hour a day, at least five days a week - I have been dipping into my Optional Extras.  On days that I work out, I eat some of the extra foods that are allowed but are optional while on Nutrisystem.   I can have a max of three servings of extras, here are some examples:

  • 1 Cup of Popcorn
  • 1 Cup Sugar Free Gelatin
  • 1 tsp. of Seeds
  • 1 Tbsp of Cream Cheese
So I'll add seeds to my salad, or have a whole grain mini bagel with cream cheese as one of my smart carb choices during the day.  I'm always so much more hungry when I exercise and these extras really help with that.  And obviously it isn't hurting my weight loss at all!

I wanted to post a couple of pictures of the actual food I'm eating so that you can see a non-stock photo.  Do you know the problem?  I am so excited to shove my food into my Nutrisystem Hole (technical term) that I forget every.single.time to snap a quick pic.  I managed to remember once and so here is a picture of the trail mix bar that I had for lunch this week. 



Nutrisystem Trail Mix Bar
One of my favorites.
 
And while I was going to find the Trail Mix Bar picture, I found a picture I took of the totally old school step aerobics video that I've been doing.  
I'm pretty sure it is from the mid-90's.
They are all wearing slouch socks and
high tops with velcro.
But it burns 500+ calories so giddy up!
  There's  no real point in a success/confession section this week.  The entire week was a success - great workouts, loved all of my meals, no cheats even when I went to 3 parties over the weekend.  I haven't been so close to being my "normal" size for three years, and I definitely didn't feel so hopeful trying to do it on my own.     Basically: Two months in and I still love Nutrisystem and I am still happy to answer any questions that you have!    If you'd like to join me in using Nutrisystem to lose weight and start a healthier way of eating, follow this link: Join Nutrisystem or call 1-888-853-4689.
 
Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.