As a result, I felt like I was a spectator a lot. I always felt like I was this really confident person stuck in a non-confident body and that held me back because there were so many things that I felt like I should be out there doing, but wasn’t. I was sitting back because of the way I looked and the way I felt, and I hated that feeling because I just wanted to get out there and do so many things. Because of my extra weight, I was just watching life go by.
Well, after the birth of my first child, Lindsay, in 2003 the battle got even harder. Even though I counted everything from points to carbs, I was never able to lose the extra weight I carried. When I became pregnant with my second child, I was already heavier than I had ever been. After giving birth to my son Ryan in 2010, my 5’3” body tipped the scales at 180 pounds. Three months after delivery, I was only down a few pounds. Then, after seeing a picture of me taken with Santa that Christmas—and realizing I was double the size of him—I knew I really had to take this weight loss thing seriously.
Deciding to defeat her “destiny”
Truthfully, I cringed at the thought of starting yet another diet. I had tried them all and failed with them all. Plus, because of my genes, part of me felt at that point in my life that it was my destiny to be heavy. I was resigned to believing that this was it, this was how it’s going to be, and it wasn’t going to get any better,.
That’s when Nutrisystem came into my life. It was referred to me by a friend from high school who had lost weight with it—not only did he lose weight, he’s been managing to maintain his weight for a couple years now. So he approached me and said, “Why don’t you try this?” and I gave it a shot.
After all, Nutrisystem seemed like the perfect fit for me. It was easy, fast, convenient , and offered prepared meals—the exact things I needed as a busy, married mother of two! I was so excited to get my first shipment and get started. And I became even more excited when it arrived and I realized how yummy the food really was! It didn't feel like I was on a diet at all! In fact, I looked forward to mealtime just to try something new!
Plus, you definitely eat yourself thin with Nutrisystem. You’re eating all the time. I ate more once I started Nutrisystem because I was constantly having things like vegetables, which I liked them but for whatever reason, was not eating them before. But Nutrisystem taught me how important it was to add those vegetables in my diet and I was eating all the time. I knew instantly that was by far the easiest diet I’d ever done.
I also quickly learned that Nutrisystem is not just a diet; it is an entire support system. The online chat rooms are full of current members willing to share their Nutrisystem experiences and advice, and the support team Nutrisystem has is wonderful. They are always there to help answer questions and make certain you are on the right path to reach your goals. The website is full of information and fun things for members to do. But my favorite is the Recipe Center. It provides even more options for the already large list of foods!
Because of all that Nutrisystem offers, for the first time in my life I was making it through day after day, night after night, without cheating on my diet. And the rapidly declining number on the scale was certainly proof that the program works. For the first time in my life I had started to gain control of my weight.
I continued on Nutrisystem for about seven months and lost 41 pounds!* As a result, I felt like I had my life back. I started exercising and even took up running, something I had never been able to do before! However, the most exciting thing for me was fitting into the cute little black dress I had always wished I could wear!
Here I am, three years later and I’m still managing my weight loss—because Nutrisystem gave me the tools I needed to succeed after reaching my goal weight. I learned about proper portions and eating healthy, and I also know that I can turn back to Nutrisystem if I start to feel like I’m lagging a little bit, and within a week I’ll be right back on track. I know that, like an old friend, it will always be there to keep me where I need to be.
So I feel better than I ever have, and I’m more active than I ever thought I could be. I still run and I have completed many different types of races: 5Ks, 10Ks, mud runs, and even a half-marathon and a Warrior Dash. These are things I never dreamed possible before.
I became this confident woman, this confident mom. Now I am out running and playing with my kids. I am at the pool in my swimsuit and more excited about my kids than worried about the way I look in my bathing suit—which is important, because my family loves to swim. So to be able to go to the pool and just have fun and not be self-conscious or have to worry about the way I look (because nothing is cute about an overweight mom chasing around a two-year-old) feels great. Losing 41 pounds* opened up this whole new world of fun.
When I look in the mirror I'm still in shock to this day. It felt like I conquered something that had been with me for so long and now it is gone and isn’t coming back. It is amazing to me that the athletic, size-small woman looking back in the mirror is me. I am finally the healthy, active and, most importantly, happy girl I always wanted to be. Nutrisystem totally changed my life, and for that I will be forever grateful.
Expect to lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Compensated customer. Weight lost on a prior Nutrisystem® program.
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