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A New Nicole
Pennsylvanian loses 80 lbs.*, changes her life
Like many people, I never imagined, nor intended to go beyond, a certain amount of weight. But I did. In fact, I battled a massive amount of weight for over four years. How could I have done this to myself? That’s what I was asking in February of 2011. It had been a big dose of reality, more than I was ready to take. Everything felt so overwhelming.

I intended to lose the weight on my own. Of course, managing a diet after years of ignoring the problem was not easy by any means. The weight was just stagnant. It stayed put on my body. I tried certain diets and doing it on my own, but the weight literally stayed put.

I remember one day walking to my vehicle after work and not being able to catch my breath from the seven minutes of movement. Nevertheless, my Mercury Mariner felt too small of a vehicle to accommodate my size while driving. I needed help and knew I couldn’t do it by myself.

Plus, I knew if I didn’t act fast, I would have likely become diabetic. Type 2 diabetes runs on the Greek side of my family, so a major reason to lose this excessive amount of weight was to prevent a diabetes diagnosis. I weighed 193 pounds, was wearing size 18 pants and a 1X top size, and had also discovered that I had 38.5% body fat. It was time to act fast—and that’s exactly what I did.

A “perfect plan”

In May of that year, I began Nutrisystem. I admit that, by the time the first box arrived, I was second-guessing my decision. But I was wrong. I opened up my first meal for breakfast—delicious! I was also surprised that the other foods were absolutely delicious as well.

Plus, the meals are so convenient—accessible at work, on weekends, or for travel! Everything is color-coded, which makes it extremely easy to follow; you don’t even have to think, just grab and go! What could be better than having different-colored packages that already portion your caloric intake? And with the meals spread out as they are, and supplementing them with your unlimited raw vegetables (which I love) and your fruit, you’re not hungry. It’s so manageable because you’re literally eating all the time as these pounds are coming off of your body. It’s the perfect plan to get weight off of your body.

Getting into gear

I immediately began noticing the results on Nutrisystem. As crazy as it sounds, you just set your scale on the floor, let a week go by, and watch the pounds start rolling off. That’s exactly what I did—and after that first time I went on the scale, I actually screamed out loud in joy! I was ecstatic, and was soon calling my mom and my father on the phone explaining to them what was already occurring. It was such a relief to get the first five pounds of weight that had been stuck on my body.*

After that, my weight continued to steadily come off. Today I weigh 113 pounds and I wear size 2* pants and size small shirts. Now, when I look in the mirror, I see a healthy person. I’m no longer a walking corpse. I know that sounds strange, but the path that I was heading down was a disaster. I was a ticking time bomb, health-wise. That’s not the case anymore; I’m healthy now and so grateful for what Nutrisystem has done for my health.

I am also happy that the simple things in life are easier. Take clothes, for example. A year earlier, I was squeezing in to a size 18, and that’s not the case now. So getting dressed in the morning is extremely easy: I have what I need laid out instead of having to hunt and pick, see what will go up the one leg, see what may go up the hip, pull this down, pull that down. I don’t even have to go in the dressing room when it’s time for shopping; I can just go pick my size and I’m done. It’s wonderful! Being able to wear whatever I want is an unbelievable feeling!

Plus, I would not be caught dead in a bathing suit at a size 18. I knew that people would stare at me, and not in a good way. And if I did wear anything in the water, I would go ahead and put long shorts or a tee-shirt on. Now I’ve taken charge of my health, I’ll put on a bathing suit (two-piece or one-piece) or shorts every day during the summer, and it feels amazing!

An inspiration and an advocate

I’m just so overcome with joy because this weight is off my body. Again, I’m so very thankful. Nutrisystem has completely changed my life. I’m helping people. Family and friends, and even people I don’t know. I’m showing them that the change is possible. And all I want to do is share what this plan has done.

And know that if you have a weight problem, you don’t have to be that size. If you think you’re born to be that size, or that you can’t do it, or that it’s too difficult, don’t believe any of that. This plan makes everything possible. This works. I’m telling you, the weight comes off with Nutrisystem. It’s so easy. All you have to do is begin. That’s the hardest part, right? Just jump in and do it, and the weight loss will follow! I promise you, the weight comes off. Maintain a strong mind and do not lose sight of what can and will be accomplished with Nutrisystem.

I know I will always thank Nutrisystem for helping me. I am forever grateful for this life-changing meal plan!


*Results not typical. On Nutrisystem, you can expect to lose at least 1-2 lbs. per week. Individuals are remunerated. Weight lost on a prior Nutrisystem program.