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Breathe easy, the journey is long but beautiful

by Deborah Cruz

Happy Monday! It’s been one week since I’ve started my journey with Nutrisystem.I was very excited to start this process because I really want to get back into shape.It seems that every time I’ve tried to achieve this in the past, my biggest obstacle has been, quite frankly, getting the right foods and the right portion sizes. I don’t really have a problem  get motivated to do exercise because I actually like the feeling it brings of accomplishment and energy. My issue with exercise is usually a scheduling conflict.But  since having a husband and children, its been extremely difficult to find the time and energy to make two dinners. You know what I mean, the dinner for them and the dinner for me. Usually, boiling down to them eating something scrumptious and me eating like a rabbit. It works for a little while then…I get hungry.

When  the Nutrisystem program was made available to me, I was ecstatic because obviously it cures the whole portion and having to prepare my own second meal issue. But, I have to admit, I was leery of what packaged food might taste like. But I was determined.My big box of a months supply of food arrived. It was overwhelming. I thought, this is it. Deep breath. This is the first day of the rest of my life.

I’ve been here before. This place in life,where I’ve made the big decision and taken the leap. But then life gets in the way. This time is different. My husband, though it really sucks, is gone 5 days a week so I don’t have to make a separate meal for him; no worrying about providing a meat and potato meal for a man and his appetite. Three times a day, I make my girls a healthy meal and then I take my little package and pop it in the microwave. I add to it the recommended portions of fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, and fat provided in my handy nutrition guide.They even allot for a  couple snacks!Can you imagine being on a ‘diet’ and being allowed to eat walnut chocolate chip cookies. For the most part, I have been pleasantly surprised with the taste of the food. My favorite dinner thus far has been the thick pizza.Oh yeah, you heard me right, pizza! Pair it with a nice big salad and dinner is served. In fact, I have to hide it from my girls. My 3 year old, as always, asks for a bite of my food and then she comes back for another, and another. So, that should be proof of the quality of the taste being that it’s pleasing to the discerning pallet of my 3 year old.

This journey is about getting healthy and comfortable in my own skin again but I have had a very pleasant unexpected side effect, I have been full of energy. Which is amazing because I was sick all last week and I still had more energy than I normally have on most days. Week one down, I have lost 3 pounds and feel more energetic and never hungry.I am loving Nutrisystem!Now, I need to kick it up a notch and get my Zumba in daily. Finally, I feel like I am making a lifestyle change versus restricting myself. After all, isn’t that what brings about the demise of most weight loss journeys? That gnawing torture of feeling left out or deprived. None of that here!

DISCLOSURE: Nutrisystem is providing their  program to me free of charge in exchange for my participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogging Program and weekly updates. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed in this post are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip 2010/11/08 - 10:27 am

Congrats on starting Nutrisystem!! Sounds like a great deal. Maybe I should try it….

Heidi 2010/11/08 - 10:35 am

Best of luck to you! My problem isnt the food I eat or portion its the lack of exersize. I sit at a desk all day long and the last thing I want to do is go for a jog at the begining or end of the day but Ive been making myself do it. Im looking forward to hearing your progress! : )

Big Fat Gini 2010/11/08 - 10:39 am

Wow! Wishing you lots and lots of good luck!

Krysta 2010/11/08 - 10:40 am

So great! I'm very happy for you!

In Real Life 2010/11/08 - 11:11 am

Awesome! I am glad to hear that your first week went well!

Jami 2010/11/08 - 11:48 am

This sounds like a great idea going into the holidays. That way, I could enjoy all the goodies more without guilt! Best of luck to you.

parenting ad absurdum 2010/11/08 - 12:55 pm

Congratulations! You're already beautiful, but this is a great healthy step to take.

Jill 2010/11/08 - 1:13 pm

Congratulations on doing so great your first week! 3 lbs is awesome. 🙂

Anonymous 2010/11/08 - 1:23 pm

You can do it! So glad to hear how well your 1st week is going! 🙂 Meredith

Truthful Mommy 2010/11/08 - 10:38 am

@Organic Motherhood w/Cool Whip,
Thanks lady!I think anyone who wants to lose weight in a healthy manner and doesn't have the time or energy to worry about making extra meals and portion control, weighing and measuring every morsel…Nutrisystem is awesome!

Truthful Mommy 2010/11/08 - 10:40 am

Thanks for the encouragement.I have just recently found ZUMBA and I have to say I am pretty in love with it! It doesn't feel like exercise. It feels like fun because its dancing! Love it. Maybe that is something you would like too!But, you go girl…powering through!

Truthful Mommy 2010/11/08 - 10:47 am

@ Gini,
Thanks!I'm determined. Its my body, why shouldn't I have control of it, rather than the other way round. I will feel comfortable in my skin.I have the most supportive readers.Y'all rock!

Truthful Mommy 2010/11/08 - 10:49 am

Thanks love! You are so supportive. I just want to give you a hug! I am determined to make this the last time I ever have to start a "diet" I want to change my lifestyle. It will change my life!

Laura {{A(n) (un)Common Family}} 2010/11/08 - 4:35 pm

Good for you!!! It's all about feeling good about yourself.

I gained 30 pounds in the two years after we adopted. For real – as much as I would have if I'd decided to get pregnant. I lost 10 pounds a month ago…15-20 more to go. I'm back on my evil diet (I don't like it at all, but it takes a lot for my body to lose weight) tomorrow.

You can do it — you clearly have lots of encouragement and a positive attitude!

Truthful Mommy 2010/11/08 - 1:09 pm

Thanks.It did! I'm really loving it.

Truthful Mommy 2010/11/08 - 1:12 pm

You should taste the snacks, my favorites are the walnut chocolate chip cookies and the carrot cake.There are so many.I feel like I am cheating, but Im not and it gives me my chocolate fix:)

Truthful Mommy 2010/11/08 - 1:12 pm

Thanks Lady! I love ya! you know how to make a girl smile:)

Truthful Mommy 2010/11/08 - 1:22 pm

Thanks for the encouragement! I say anything down is better than up!I'm so excited!!

Truthful Mommy 2010/11/08 - 1:26 pm

Thanks!You're changing my life! I still can't believe how good the food has been.

Anonymous 2010/11/10 - 2:17 pm

You all (my NSNation) are such an inspiration!! Keep up the great job! Just wait…there's food suprises in store soon 🙂 Meredith


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