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Today, after a weekend of travel and a rather unpleasant reminder that I’m overweight, I stepped onto the scale with great trepidation that was soon replaced by great respite. According to my scale, I have lost another 1.5 pounds which brings my overall total this week to 11 pounds in 7 weeks. 11 pounds lighter for Christmas? Merry Christmas to me! I’m so excited and I can feel my pants getting looser, which totally thrills me beyond what it should a grown woman.

Hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and stay tuned I have it on good authority that there is going to be a great deal in the next week or two, to help you start your 2011 off right and healthy!

Thanks for your support and I hope you all will be enjoying your holidays with your family and friends. Deep breaths and enjoy. Next week, I will be back with another VLOG update so you won’t want to miss that!

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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It’s been six weeks and this week I lost another 2 pounds. This brings my grand total to 9.5 pounds.I am so close to 10 pounds I can taste it. It is so exciting to me to be losing weight, when this is the time of year that I normally put on a good 5 pounds due to holiday parties and stress eating. But no this year, thanks to Nutrisystem.This past week was absolutely crazy. It was the week of the Nutcracker production for our city’s ballet, which would be irrelevant except that my 5 year old was making her debut and we had dress rehearsals and late nights all week long.I stuck to the plan, as much as possible, and made an effort to really get in my water and veggies and the result was 2 pounds. Proof positive that this plan is doable even with the busiest of lifestyles.Believe me when I say busy. Last week, I wasn’t sure if I was coming or going on most days. Thanks for the support and encouraging words. You lighten my load on this journey, knowing that you are always here comforts me and keeps me focused. Happy Holidays!

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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Well, this morning when I stepped onto the scale, I am fairly certain that I heard a :WaahWaah Waah! Seriously, it mocked me. This morning the scale had not moved from last weeks weigh in. I am at a7.5 pound weight loss for 5 weeks. This is not where I wanted to be this week. I know that according to guidelines, I am right on track for a 1-2 pound weight loss per week. I just thought I was going to be the exception to the rule and be at a whopping 12 pound loss by now but obviously,that is not what has happened. I can not redo the past week. The only thing that I can do is move forward with a new attitude and an even bigger determination to succeed.I know exactly why the scale has not budged.It’s not like I sat around eating bon bons and drinking coke, but there was the Saturday evening that we went out for pizza and I had a piece of pizza ( regular pizza not my Nutrisystem pizza) and 2 pieces of garlic cheese bread,and where I added carbs I minused vegetables. The moment the food hit my lips, the soundbite ” a minute on your lips, forever on your hips” played loudly in my head. I knew it was a bad choice but I made it anyways and the indiscretion has weighed heavily on my success ( no pun intended). It probably also didn’t help that I zumba’d a grand total of once last week. So, the moral of the story is for the plan to work, you have to follow the plan. I strayed and so did my success. I’ve learned my lesson.I don’t want to hear that scale mock me ever again.I won’t allow it. I’ve already done my zumba this morning.The Quebradita almost killed me but it felt awesome knowing I was  doing an “In Yo face” to the scale! Next time I consider that slice of pizza, I will be playing the soundbite “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels!”

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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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

Sorry, the quality isn’t better but I just wanted to give you all an update! You rock! Thank you for the support!I couldn’t do this without all of your encouragement!Down 7.5 pounds in 28 days, YEY ME!!!! Happy Mothering!

I’m cheezy because I lost 7.5 pounds and I get to drink my coffee out of this awesome new mug! Don’t you just love it? My bloggy diva narcissism shining through, once again! For some reason, I keep hearing that song “Don’t you wish your Mug was hot like mine! Don’t cha wish your Mug was a freak like mine?Don’t cha?” I don’t know if I’m giddy about the weight loss or just plain silly.What do you think?

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I just finished my third week on Nutrisystem. I am down another pound bringing my grand total in the three weeks to 5.5 pounds lost. This past week consisted of a lot of running around and traveling. I am certain that the results could have been a higher loss if I had not been traveling. It’s difficult to stick to the meal plan when you are going to a place where you don’t have access to a microwave and will be having to dine out for the entire day. I did make much better choices than I would have previously made but not as good as if I had been at home.

I am happy with my 1 pound loss for the week. I have also been learning what foods I really love and which ones, not so much. This is helpful to know because its a lot easier to stick to a plan when you actually enjoy what you are eating. I am particularly fond of the beef patties and flat bread pizza. It allows me to not feel deprived when everyone else around me is eating something that I would deem “yummy”. I’ve also found out that Nutrisystem has a select plan that offers frozen foods such as  omelets, french toast, meatball subs, and ICE CREAM, to name a few! I am so excited by the added variety but the ice cream has made me so excited, I could almost cry:) Aside from carbs, ice cream has always been one of those foods that I decided a long time ago that I would rather do an extra hour ( or two if necessary) of cardio  than forgo my ice cream. Now, thanks to the Select program…I can have the best of both worlds. I can’t wait to try it out!

Hope every one has a fabulous Thanksgiving, sharing wonderful times with those you love. Enjoy the day and remember the things that you are thankful for in your life. I know I am thankful for Nutrisystem and this opportunity to change my life.

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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I just finished week 2 of Nutrisystem and I have lost another 1.5 pounds. I will admit I was a little upset that it wasn’t the 3 pounds of last week but then again it was my ‘water retention’ week of the month. Not to mention, I ate dinner away from home twice. It wasn’t like I ate fast food but it also wasn’t my Nutrisytem food so I am sure that had a lot to do with it. But then again this is real life and I want you to know that I am not perfect and life throws us unexpected curve balls. So, what did I do? I took it for what it was and I jumped back on the Nutrisystem plan. That’s the key, you can’t give up and have the mentality that “I messed up on this meal, the whole day’s a wash. So,I’ll eat whatever I want.” It’s so easy to fall into that.I’ve done that many, many times before and look where its landed me..wondering why I gained so much weight, even though if I had just been honest with myself…I would have know exactly where my plan got derailed.

I am still loving the food. Obviously, there are some foods that are better tasting to me than others but of course that is a matter of personal taste.I can tell you that if you eat a piece of Nutrisystem pizza while your family has Papa Johns or Pizza Hut, you will be just as fulfilled. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend, for me anyways, eating the Nutrisystem Orange chicken while your family is eating P.F. Changs…its just not the same when you are looking at their plates.One thing that I have been eating a lot of and really loving is buying those big bag salads and then sauteing some stir fry chicken cut breasts and topping the salad.I’ll have that with a Nutrisystem trail mix bar for lunch some days and it is amazing!

So, here I am week 2 and I am down 4.5 pounds and I am ecstatic because 4.5 pounds down is better than even one ounce up, especially at this time of year! My way of thinking is changing too as my body is changing. I have noticed that I am a lot more aware of what I am putting into my mouth.The mindless eating has ceased. Writing everything down and knowing the correct portion sizes has made a huge difference. Another thing that I have done, which is helpful to me, I have taken a poster board and divided it into four columns 1)Date 2)Actual weight ( when I weigh myself each week) 3) Goal weight (I’ve set a goal of 2 pounds a week, just to keep me focused) 4) Exercise ( I tick how many times a week I exercise). This is just a visual to help keep me accountable and on task. And last but not least, a very valuable lesson that I have learned this week is DRINK YOU WATER!!! It really makes a difference.

I can feel with each passing day, I am getting a little more comfortable in my skin. Thanks for all the support, my friends.  I am loving this journey and can’t wait to share with you all when I reach my final destination.

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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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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Well, after last weeks posts,most of you are aware that I have had some  issues with my weight. Or should I say that I have struggled with my weight since I was old enough to realize what weight and body image were.I wasn’t necessarily heavy the entire time but you remember how when you were a teenager, absolutely everything was life or death, well for me the entire focus was on my body. I had thin athletic parents and all my friends were stereo typical cheerleader types in high school.So, that made being average sized feel like I was morbidly obese, though I was not.

Then I went away to college and I was so deathly afraid of gaining the “freshman 15” that I literally started starving myself to death. Since then, its been a string of me trying to find a way to keep my body at a weight that was healthy without starving to death or restricting myself.It’s a hard balance to find.I’ve lost and I’ve gained, like most women in America. ..the world, really. You start having children and before you know it, you’ve put on a few extra pounds here, then a few more there and soon you are looking in the mirror and wondering who the hell this person staring back at you is in the mirror. Being a Mommy, I am guilty of always putting my girls first. I try to find time for me but it is truly few and far between, especially now with the Big Guy gone so much for work. A couple months ago, I decided it was time to find my way back to “me” in Mommy. I really made a concerted effort to find some me time, exercise, make myself look presentable, date nights and some of it has stuck and some has not.One of the first things I noticed  to go, as I sit here typing in my yoga pants and sweatshirt, was the taking time to get ready in the morning.Don’t get me wrong, the reminder has eliminated the yoga pants and ponytails appearance every day. But I realized as I don’t feel good in my own skin; my body isn’t where I want it to be, it has become harder to feel presentable..even in a nice dress and a hot pair of heels.

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This was in September this year on my Birthday.This is what I look like today as I start this journey!

So, I have resolved that I need to lose some weight, for me. Not for my husband or society but for me.I was joking and told my husband that I was going to call this journey my journey from hot mess to hot mommy but that’s not true. I am  NOT a hot mess. I’ve pretty much got it together,with the exception of my weight. I’m simply a woman on a journey to feel comfortable in my own skin. Lucky for me, I have been given an amazing opportunity to be a part of the Nutrisystem Nation blogging program. They have agreed to help me on my journey by providing me with the tools and convenience to reach my goal this time, in a healthy way. No, I’m not making a big reveal of my starting weight..I’m honest, not crazy, but my weight is the one thing I keep private. This is a very big deal to go public with my weight loss journey because it is the one part of my life that is usually off limits. But I trust you, you’re my friends. You’ll be supportive and that’s what I am counting on. You are my accountability.I will keep you posted once a week on my progress.

You, my friends, have been with me through the metaphorical thick and thin of my life over the past year, now I need your support in the the physical thick and thin of my life. I’m starting this journey today…right now. My plan is to combine a lot of Nutrisystem with a good amount of Zumba and a brand new perspective. I want to feel at home in my own body, not like I am visiting a strange planet. I want to be healthy,I want to be a good example for my girls.I want to be able to keep up with my 3 and 5 year old. I want to not be mortified to get in a bathing suit for swim lessons.I want to believe my husband when he tells me that I am sexy.I want the mirror to reflect someone I recognize.I want to be around for a long time to see my children grow up and have my grandchildren. I want to be comfortable in my own skin!

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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