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.