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Heather finally gets it with Nutrisystem
As someone who has always been active, I sure had trouble with weight.

In fact, I've struggled with my weight since I was in elementary school. Throughout my adolescence, I would constantly diet and exercise, only to gain the weight back. I played sports, but I was never as thin as all the other girls. I’d gain weight; I’d lose weight. As an adult, I have always prioritized finding time to work out, but it was the proper nutrition part that kept me from reaching my weight goals. After I had my son Blaze at age 29, I saw a picture of me maxed out at 185 pounds and realized I needed to do something different.

Besides, there was a lot that I didn’t like to do when I was overweight. I didn’t like to go shopping for myself because I didn’t like to look in the dressing room mirrors; I hated getting dressed because I didn’t feel like I looked good in my clothing and a lot of things didn’t fit me. And I certainly didn’t like wearing a bathing suit in the summer. I didn’t like to take pictures, either. I didn’t like to go places. I just didn’t feel good about myself.

So I called Nutrisystem.

The right formula

I had tried other programs, but I didn’t really understand how many carbs or how much protein and fat I was supposed to eat to get healthy. Other diets didn’t work for me because there was too much calculating how many calories I had to eat to achieve portion control. In contrast, I thought that Nutrisystem was really simple because everything would be pre-portioned and prepackaged for me, which would make losing weight a lot easier—whereas, when you diet on your own, you have to count calories and measure everything, which makes it a lot more challenging and more time-consuming.

So, when I received my first shipment of Nutrisystem it was really nice because I could put everything in the cabinets and just go there to grab what I wanted. Every evening I would pack my lunch for the next day, and I’d keep my dinners and my snacks handy so when I was hungry, I could just grab what I needed. So it was very simple to do.

I did not feel deprived of food, either. You eat every couple of hours, so I never felt hungry between meals; and when I was hungry, I was able to eat. And speaking of eating, I thought Nutrisystem food was actually really tasty compared to other things (like drinks) I had tried before with other programs. I was expecting something very bland-tasting, but when I received the food, it definitely didn’t taste like diet food at all.

There was quite a bit of variety, too, and I was very happy I could pick my own foods. I was excited to still eat the foods I love, like mashed potatoes, burgers, chicken, pizza—even chocolate cake! In fact, it really helped that I could still have my dessert because I always crave sugar in the evening; it kept me from cheating and looking forward to my Nutrisystem® meals!

Clothes confidence

And the program worked so well for me. I just feel different since I’ve lost 52 pounds!* Like I said earlier, I used to hate just about anything having to do with clothes. But now it’s nice getting dressed in the morning because I have a variety of clothing that I can choose from—and I feel good when I wear them. I feel like I can put things on and I actually look good in it when I go to work. I can put on a pair of yoga pants and go to the gym and not feel self-conscious about myself.

In fact, I now love to go shopping for clothes. I now love to shop for jeans—something I never use to wear because they were too tight and I never felt like I looked good in them. It feels great to fit into small or extra small clothes!*

When I look in the mirror, I see someone who is a lot more outgoing, confident and secure in herself (and it helps that Sloane is always telling me how great I look, too!). I no longer dread getting dressed to go places, because I feel great in my clothes! But the ultimate show of confidence is this: this is the first year I plan to go to the beach/pool—and I have already bought myself 3 bikinis (for the first time in my life)!

Fit and fabulous

I have a lot more energy as well. As a result, I have found a new love for fitness and enjoy working out, and I enjoy challenging myself to new levels of fitness—this is the fittest I've been in my entire life! I now enjoy hiking, biking, running, kayaking, taking fitness classes at the gym. I love to play outside with Blaze and to play games with him— I have enough energy to keep up with him, that’s for sure!

All in all, I feel great about myself and my accomplishments and that I am a positive role model for my son. Thanks to Nutrisystem, I learned how to balance my diet and find success. For the first time in my life, I’ve been able to successfully conquer weight loss.

—Heather


*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.