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

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I Lost Weight and Found Myself – My Nutrisystem Success Story
I wear a Medium size shirt and in pants. These PowerFuels and SmartCarbs are things you buy at the grocery store like whole wheat crackers. I read all the information and booklets that they sent. I worked up to walking miles and miles without any trouble at all now. The specialist recommended that I have radiation therapy.

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Each week when I stepped on that scale and noted another loss in weight I felt proud. Having success is very motivational. I did hit some bumps in the road. Sometimes life throws us curve balls. So no matter what happened in my life or at work, I just kept on keeping on.

I like the structure that Nutrisystem provides. I like eating on schedule. I like knowing what I am going to eat and when I am going to eat it. Nutrisystem is perfect for me. I have to admit that I was skeptical at first. I thought it sounded too good to be true. Nutrisystem commercials seem like the program would be very simple and easy to follow. I never understood how someone with so much weight to lose like I had could eat the same things as someone with just a few pounds to lose.

It seemed to me that we would need different programs but with Nutrisystem we can both use the same program and still be successful. Cutting back on eating out and choosing Nutrisystem instead saved me money. As other Nutrisystem reviews attest, you have to follow the plan. You have to exercise. You have to drink your water. You have to avoid alcohol. You have to eat your fruits and veggies.

You have to put in the work and you will see the Nutrisystem results. Calories in versus calories burned. I like the whole idea of Nutrisystem because with the plan you are still eating regular foods. You are given the tools you need to succeed and transition back into eating regular foods again once you have reached your goal.

The first few months I had to log what I ate each day. I also logged the amount of exercise that I did. Now I am able to do the logging in my head. I eat more now than I did when I was actively trying to lose weight but I still monitor my weight and if I see it going up I just go back to doing what I did to lose the weight and keep it down where it needs to be.

Weight is going to be a lifelong battle for me. I am always going to have to exercise and watch what I eat but now I know how to do it. I know that if I do find myself gaining weight I can lose it again. I am going to be very attentive to my body and keep watching myself to try and never be overweight again. I fluctuate between and pounds lost now. I went from weighing in at pounds to weighing somewhere around I have been as low as but it seems to stay right around I have been maintaining for nearly a year.

It took me right at a year to reach my goal. I lost pounds a week each week the whole time I was following the plan. I am still amazed at how far I have come. When I fold my clothes I have a hard time believing how small my clothes are now.

I wear a Medium size shirt and in pants. I have some small dresses and shorts. I can wear clothes for nearly any store. I used to be limited in where I could shop, but not anymore. While I was losing weight my sister also joined Nutrisystem. She lost over 70 pounds and really enjoyed the program as well. She lost her weight a lot quicker than I did. She was inspired to join because she saw me losing weight. My sister is a little older than me and after having two children she felt as though she would never get the baby weight off.

Nutrisystem made it possible for her to get the baby weight off. Nutrisystem provides counselors to help you with your plan.

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.

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. 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.