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Mary Ann's Journey

Mary Ann lost 51 pounds on NutriSystem and has gone from a size 16 to a size 8!*

*Results Not Typical
Hi, I'm Mary Ann. I've been overweight my entire adult life and it seems like I've tried every diet under the sun. With each, I would give up after a few weeks, and although sometimes I'd lose 5 or 6 pounds, most of the time I would lose nothing except my interest in the diet. I hated the way I looked, but with each diet I would gain back more than I had lost. It was a vicious cycle.
 
Then, in January 2004, I saw a TV commercial for NutriSystem. I thought, Why not? What have I got to lose? Maybe sixty pounds if I'm lucky! So, I took the first step and went to the website and signed up before I could talk myself out of it—and I'm so glad I did.
 
I work as the executive secretary for a construction industry association. We handle arbitrations between unions and contractors—talk about high pressure! My boss is the greatest, so I love my job, but I work part-time to make room for all the other things that I have to take care of in my life at home. That's why I really appreciate just how easy NutriSystem is. Everything is portion controlled so I don't have to think about that part of the plan at all—NutriSystem does it all for me. I just started losing weight right away and kept on losing. It's great for us gals and guys who hate to cook! And the fact that the food was shelf stable is such a great idea for me because I never have room in my freezer.
 

Journey Of A Thousand Miles
For exercise I love to walk on my treadmill. When I started, I put up a large map of the United States right on the wall next to my treadmill. I started walking and marking the map.
I started in Springfield, Massachusetts, and my final destination is the Haight Ashbury section of San Francisco, California (I know, I know—I am about 30 years too late!).
As of mid July, I am on Route 80 in Marseilles, Illinois—964 miles total miles traveled so far. I am waving hello to all my NutriSystem friends along my route!
So far, my only challenge has been my plateaus, as my weight loss seems to level off for a while and then BOOM—in one day I'll lose again. But I have been doing the NutriSystem BodyBoost™ on the weekends which has worked really well for me, and right now, I'm at a point whereat I simply will not give up. I just have nine pounds to go! I've come so far and I'm so happy with the results I have gotten. I go to the bulletin board almost every day and everyone is so great there that I just forget about everything and get wrapped up in all the posts.
 
My family is so supportive, too. I'm married to my childhood sweetheart—one of the most wonderful men in the world—and he is so supportive of me in everything I do that I couldn't ask for a better mate. He even lost 30 pounds* himself eating NutriSystem food along with me!
 
"I'm wearing clothes that have hung in the back of my closet for about ten years—and now, some of them are even too big!"
– Mary Ann
Plus, I have a 20-year-old daughter who is also on NutriSystem and doing well. She saw how much weight I was losing and joined in February. She's lost 20 pounds* so far, and moreover, is losing lots of inches. People at her workplace are commenting about how great she looks, and her clothes are getting baggy, so we've decided that it's definitely time for us to do a big shopping spree together!
 
As far as how things have changed for me since losing weight, I'd have to say that I am much more active now. I walk on my treadmill (see sidebar), and I love to garden. I do what I call "marathon gardening"—5 to 7 hours in a day, which can burn about 2976 calories (thank you NutriSystem exercise diary!). Plus, my husband and daughter now call me "Skinny." My sister and brother-in-law are also amazed at the results and have both been very encouraging to me.
 
In fact, even my mailman has noticed! One day he fell all over himself because he hadn't seen me in a while and he blurted out, "Oh, my gosh! What have you been doing? You look wonderful!" Then he was so embarrassed that he muttered and stuttered. I assured him that I was flattered by his outburst and then he was fine, but gosh, do I ever love NutriSystem!
 
I go to the support board every day— sometimes two or three times a day—to read about everyone else who is on the program with me. I love the momentum I get from the friendships there, as everyone is there for each other through the good times and the bad. I feel like the other members are all a part of my family now, including my greatest buddy, "Sandra WB." She is so sweet, I love her to pieces, and I often think about how I wouldn't have even known her if it weren't for this program—what a loss that would have been for me.
 
At this point, I have lost 51* of the 60 pounds I set out to lose, and I've gone from a tight size 16 to a size 8 in just six months. I'm wearing clothes that have hung in the back of my closet for about ten years—and now, some of them are even too big!
 
To anyone who thinks they can't do this, please try it! Don't sell yourself short. Try it because it really, really works. I would have never thought that I could lose all the weight that I have lost, but I came this far with the help of NutriSystem. I love this program so much, and I don't know where I would be today if I hadn't signed up when I did. (I know one thing for certain—I would be 50 pounds heavier, maybe even more!)
 
Thank you, NutriSystem, for developing such a great plan. You rock!
 
—Mary Ann S.

*Results Not Typical. Individuals May Have Been Remunerated.