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Alice’s Amazing Adventure
Michigan mom loses 84 lbs.* on Nutrisystem D
Around 20 years ago, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Over the next several years after the diagnosis, I continued to gain weight, always using PCOS as my ‘crutch’ by saying, “I can’t help it. I have PCOS.” I tried several fad diets along the way but, not surprisingly, none of them worked.

In 2011, I went to see a specialist because of my PCOS, and she informed me I was 'obese' (and I cried right there in her office when she said that), had high blood pressure (for which I had been treated for about 10 years), and I was borderline diabetic. I just knew I would be treated for diabetes within the year because my mom, along with several members of my family, were diabetic (in part because of the hereditary PCOS). I felt helpless and cried the rest of the day.

A year to forget

It continued to get worse that year. That summer, while playing on the church softball team, I tore my calf muscle while running from second base to third base. I was mortified as I was helped off the field. In my mind, everyone was saying “Well, that’s what happens when a fat girl tries to run.” I quit the team after that.

Then, that winter I got on the scale before work and could not believe how much I weighed—more than I ever had! I went to work devastated, but still rationalized that my PCOS would prevent me from losing weight. I then thought about my mom and her struggles with weight her entire life and all the medical problems she also incurred from PCOS, and I knew this was going to be me very soon. I finally got to work and sat in the young, thin receptionist's chair to cover her vacation day, and as I leaned back the chair broke! That was my moment when I decided “enough is enough.”

40 fast approaching

I spent the rest of the day looking ahead to my future. I was going to be 40 in 10 months and I was dreading it. I was getting older, weighed 225 pounds, had become terribly insecure, didn't want to be involved in any social activity, and just hated myself. I also knew I had to do something. I had seen several ads for Nutrisystem and decided to try it, just to cross it off the list of diets that didn't work for me and my PCOS. I ordered Nutrisystem D, hoping that it would help me stay a step ahead of my condition. Also, when I signed up, I put next to my 180-pound goal weight that “I want to love me at 40.”

As it turns out, Nutrisystem did work for me because it taught me so much about my own eating habits. I learned how to make good food choices and to have proper portion sizes. Nutrisystem also taught me about proteins, carbs, calories, and portions—and that they can all be good or bad for your weight, based on your choices.

For example, my husband Carl is 6'7" and we have one teenage son and one pre-teen son—so food goes quickly in my house. Well, I’ve watched them all eat 3-4 slices of pizza at a time and thought I could do the same. But I am a 5'7" female—I realize now that I do not need that much pizza! Also, I previously thought that, because I liked veggies and would have them with my meals, I was eating "healthy.” But it’s not healthy if those veggies are deep-fried or followed by a super huge bowl of double chocolate moose tracks ice cream! (Don't get me wrong: I still love ice cream. But only on occasion and in a much more appropriate portion size.) I also learned that I was a "grazer": I’d pick up little things to pop in my mouth throughout the day like a chip, a cookie, or other things I really didn't need—they were just there, so I would eat them.

So I stayed on the program and kept learning about healthy eating, and on my 40th birthday I had not only met my goal weight, but was also down to 150 pounds—an extra 30 pounds below my goal! I was so happy with my results, I kept on going with my weight loss and lost a total of 84 pounds!*

Plus, so many fad diets are about what you do right now for immediate results, but they don't teach you what to do to maintain your weight once you have reached your goal. Nutrisystem does this, though. I used the Nutrisystem® D® plan for 13 months, but for the last 8 months I have maintained my weight loss without gaining a single pound back by using what I learned from Nutrisystem. And I live a perfectly normal life of social barbeques, get-togethers, girls’ nights out, and holidays. People are always watching me now, and are surprised when they see me eating “normal” foods and not gaining weight—all because Nutrisystem taught me how to eat in a proper, healthy way.

Family-focused benefits

I will always have PCOS; however, I no longer feel like it controls me! Now I know that while I will always need to take medications to control its effects, I control what I eat. And I choose to fuel my body with the proper proteins, carbs, grains, and dairy to stay fit.

My life has changed in so many wonderful ways— both emotionally and physically—since I lost my weight. I am so much more outgoing than I have been in the past 20 years, and I’m happier than ever! Also, my blood pressure and sugar levels are normal. I have also proudly re-joined my softball team (which I love, since softball is my favorite activity), enjoy beating my husband at tennis and outrunning him during our afternoon runs, and volunteer to be involved in all my boys' school, sports and church activities!

I also feel my boys have watched my weight struggles, and I have positively impacted their choices of healthy snacks and foods. When they come home from school, they don't always run to the cookies; they will select a granola bar, yogurt or fruit instead. It makes me so proud when I see them make good food choices! And my mom (my inspiration for my weight loss), who last saw me in September before she passed away, told me how proud she was that I was taking control of my weight to control my health issues, which meant the world to me. Best of all, at age 40 I have truly learned to love myself.

And when it comes right down to it, that’s what matters most.

—Alice

*Expect to lose 1-2 lbs. per week on Nutrisystem. Compensated customer.


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