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Joyful Jeannette
Inspired by family, mom of two loses 71 lbs.*
I have struggled with my weight my entire life. Ever since I was a little girl, it’s been the ups and downs of weight and the yo-yo of trying one diet and then another. As an adult, I seriously considered not having a second child because I remembered how hard it was to lose the weight the first time. However, after much consideration and convincing myself that things could be different this time, I went for it. I gained more than I should have during my pregnancy but felt like I could take it off fairly easily—that is, until I broke my ankle in three places when my baby was six weeks old. Feeling discouraged and frustrated, I turned to my old friend food and my weight ballooned.

At that point I kind of gave up and tried to ignore how much of a problem it was becoming. I couldn’t fit into regular clothes so I started wearing sweats and my husband's extra large t-shirts. I stopped bothering with putting on makeup and fixing up and only left the house when I had to because I felt so bad about myself. When I did try to go out and get clothes, even a size 16 was tight and I would just stand in the dressing room and cry. But I didn't know what to do. I felt like everything was out of control and I couldn't figure out where to start making a change.

My son was almost a year old when I said to myself, “I can’t chase my children. I can’t run after my son.” And it was really that “a-ha!” moment of knowing that I wanted to be a different person. I wanted to be the mom that could run and play and have a good time with them. And I wasn’t that mom. And so I knew that I had to make a change to become the mom that they deserved.

Spurred on by tragedy

Then in October I got the call that my dad had died. He was 65 and had just dropped dead on the golf course. He was overweight and we had begged him for years to take care of himself, but he didn’t do what he could have done to take care of himself so he could be around to see my kids grow up. He just didn't know how to make the changes. And at that moment I knew that I had to figure out a solution. I had to change things. Because my kids would now be growing up without their Papa—I wouldn't have them grow up without their mom, too! To top it off, I couldn't even fit into any clothes for the funeral. I was just done. I didn't care what I had to do, but I was not living like this anymore! And so it meant getting healthy to be here for my kids and my husband.

So I researched several programs to make sure that I’d find one that was a good fit for me. I decided on Nutrisystem: I wanted something that let me eat carbs and chocolate so I could still have foods that I enjoyed but just in a different way than I had perhaps been used to in the past. I also felt like the plan was completely doable for me because of the structure of it. It was easy; meals were planned out. All I had to do was add in fresh fruits and veggies and check off boxes in my planner. And the planner! Writing things down helps keep me accountable, so it was just a perfect fit! I knew this program would be the magic solution for me.

And at the end of the first week, when I had lost 5 pounds,* I felt so great I knew I’d succeed. I knew that this was different from every other diet I had tried. And week by week, I watched the number on the scale drop, and I watched my body begin to shrink. I went out and purchased jeans that fit. I got up and got dressed in the morning. I went outside and played with my children. I started living life again!

Within the first month, I saw amazing results. I saw a real change in my body. My clothes were fitting looser. And it was such a huge motivating factor because I was seeing these changes and I was seeing my body turn into what I wanted it to be. And that just pushed me and drove me forward.

A new person

When I started Nutrisystem, I couldn't even walk around our block once without being completely winded and thinking I was going to be sick. I was sluggish, I felt bad and I had absolutely no confidence. A little over seven months later, I was a new person. I went from not being able to fit into a size 16 to being able to comfortably wear a size 4.* I went from not being able to walk around the block to spending an hour a day exercising. I went from barely being able to walk to running a 5k with my son!

When people see me now, they are really shocked. I’ve run into friends who had not seen me since before I started Nutrisystem and they said, “You don’t even look like the same person!” And I want to say, “I don’t feel like the same person. I’m not the same person. I am a whole new me!” And I honestly think my dad would be so proud. I can hear him saying, "Little doll, you did it!" I just wish I had had a chance to share this journey with him and take him along with me.

What it’s really all about

The thing about Nutrisystem that I most love is that it is not a diet plan. It is not a quick fix. It is a lifestyle change. Nutrisystem has taught me how to live as a healthy me. (Yes, that healthy me just happens to be a size that I love but what I love more than that is the way I feel!) And I’ve tried to apply that healthy mindset to my family as well: I cook differently and I’ve changed the way my family eats. I gotten myself healthy and love how great it makes me feel, and I want my family to live healthy lives—which is what it’s really all about.

Losing 71 pounds* definitely makes me feel better about myself. It brings my personality out. I’m not hiding underneath all the layers of fat. Sometimes I just feel like I’m maybe even over the top because I can go out there and go, “Hey, look, this is me. I’m here now!” To be honest, when you’re overweight, you tend to shy away from things and be a little quieter because you don’t want to draw attention to yourself. And the way I feel now, I have the mindset of “All right, I’ll take all the attention. Bring it on.”

I absolutely think Nutrisystem is foolproof. If you follow the program, you will be successful. I want to shout it from the rooftops because Nutrisystem changed my life! It’s allowed me to be the mom that I want to be, the wife that I want to be, the me that I want to be.

I can never repay Nutrisystem for what it’s done for me. It’s given me back my life—I can play with my kids again, enjoy family time, and hope to stay healthy for a long time. And that’s a gift that is priceless!

—Jeannette

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