Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#ad Week 6 of Nutrisystem... Success!! #NSNation


Disclosure: I am a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. The below mentioned products were provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Please do not start any weight loss or diet regimen before consulting with your physician first.

The first week of Nutrisystem I was doing their Fast 5 plan. I honestly didn't think I would make it through it. Now, 6 weeks in, I am feeling better than I have in a very long time! I'm happier, healthier and on a mission. I wasn't able to get a Week 5 post in but at the end of Week 4 I weighed 187.4. This week I am weighing in at 183. So I'm averaging about 
2 pounds per week. 


This image was taken before I started Nutrisystem. I was 198.4 pounds. 


This image was taken yesterday. I am now 183 pounds!


I have definitely gotten into a routine with the program, I have pretty much learned the difference between my Smart Carbs an Power Fuels. Portion sizes are pretty much embedded into my head and I am realizing that there is a lot of my old foods that I can still eat, as long as I do it sensibly. I look forward to my next update and for once, my next weigh in! 

To learn more about Nutrisystem, or to sign up, click here today!

If you didn't catch my first post, catch up here!




Disclosure: I am a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. The below mentioned products were provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Please do not start any weight loss or diet regimen before consulting with your physician first.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Hundred Foot Journey Inspired Recipes and Sweepstakes! #GourmeyGetaway

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Monday, July 28, 2014

End of Nutrisystem Week 4: Measurement Time! #NSNation #ad

Disclosure: I am a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. The below mentioned products were provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Please do not start any weight loss or diet regimen before consulting with your physician first.

Week 4 of Nutrisystem has came to an end and for once in my life, I am happy to hop on the scale on Monday mornings. This used to be a dreaded task therefore the 2 scales in my home were covered in dust. I've had a HUGE amount of support while on Nutrisystem. Not only my husband who is doing a weight loss program with me but my friends and family as well. 

Last week my weigh in was a little disappointing as I had gained 0.8 lbs. This week I was thrilled to see that I had lost 4 pounds exactly. From 191.4 last week to 187.4 this week. That is motivation within itself! Could I do more? YES! If I did a little more exercise I'm sure I could get a few more pounds a week off and that is definitely a goal. It's sometimes a challenge since my work schedule is so odd. 12 pm-12 am and when I'm not at that job I am busy working on the blog but this week I plan to try to get up a little earlier and get in a morning walk to help boost the weight loss process. 

Since starting Nutrisystem I've learned a lot about the foods I used to eat. 

1: If you take it away and replace it with healthier options, you don't crave it as much. 

2: When you do crave it and try it, it doesn't taste as good as it used too! I found this true with a Snickers bar. I REALLY wanted it and finally caved. I took one bite and it just wasn't what it was before. 

3. Just because it claims to be healthy, doesn't mean it is! I never watched calories before. I didn't eat a lot either BUT when I did eat, the choices I made were obviously not good ones. When you pay attention to the calories on the back, you might just be stunned at what you see! 

4. You can still have many of the things you had before, just in smaller portions. We were out shopping the other day and it took longer than I had planned. I didn't bring anything from home for lunch but I had my handy little "Eating Out Guide" from Nutrisystem. We stopped in Taco Bell and instead of getting my usual Nachos Bell Grande which is a whopping 760 calories, I grabbed a Chicken Gordita Supreme which is only 270 calories. I replaced my usual lunch with this and still had a hard time meeting my 1500-1799 calorie goal for the day. 

 Most all of the foods are pretty good. The ONLY thing I have really just not enjoyed and actually trashed was the Grilled Chicken Breast. Even with lettuce, tomato, and mustard there was no saving this dinner for me. 

My absolute favorites have been the Broccoli Stuffed Chicken Breast and the Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breast. They were both delicious! I added a few of my favorite vegetables and had a delicious, filling meal.   

All in all, I am still completely satisfied with my program and am still so delighted that I was chosen to be one of the few bloggers accepted to participate!

Week 1 Measurements:


Top of Arms: 13 1/2 inches

Stomach: 43 1/2 inches
Chest Under breasts: 42 1/4
Chest area around breasts: 45 inches
Legs: (top) Left leg 24 inches Right Leg 25 inches
Legs: (calves) 14 inches
Beginning weight: 198.4 lbs

After Week 4 measurements:

Top of Arms: 12 inches
Stomach: 39 1/2
Chest Under Breasts: 36 1/2 inches
Chest area around breasts: 43 inches
Legs: (top) Left leg: 22 inches Right Leg: 23 inches
Calves: 14 inches

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!

First image is before Nutrisystem. Second image is today!



First image is before Nutrisystem. Second image is today!









Disclosure: I am a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. The below mentioned products were provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Please do not start any weight loss or diet regimen before consulting with your physician first.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#ad Week 3 Nutrisystem Check In #NSNation

Disclosure: I am a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. The below mentioned products were provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Please do not start any weight loss or diet regimen before consulting with your physician first.

I just finished week 3 of Nutrisystem. The time is flying by! This week I actually gained a little less than a pound. I'm not very happy about it but I figure that is to be expected from time to time. I'm pretty well dedicated to the program but there are times that I fall a little short of my 1500 calorie plan so that may be some of the problem. I spoke with my counselor this week and she highly recommends that I meet that at least 1500 per day but no more than 1799 so that is a goal that I am working very hard on. I'm definitely getting my water in each day though. I have a 24 oz water bottle that I refill at least 4 times per day so that really helps me. Another positive in my weight loss journey is that my husband is following along. He is doing healthy grocery store meals and adding in the Smart Carbs and Power Fuels that I do in between. He too gained a little this week after losing between 12 and 15 pounds the first 2 weeks. It's a great motivation when you have someone doing it with you! It's almost like a (friendly) challenge between he and I. 

Even though I gained a little weight, I've also gained a little knowledge. I'm learning so much about how important portion control is as is my husband. His starting weight was 268 pounds. He would eat at all times of the day and night but it was always too much of everything. My problem was the opposite. I didn't eat as much as I was supposed to, therefore my body held on to every calorie I did consume. I never really gained much weight but I wasn't losing it either until now. 

I can tell the most weight loss in my face, stomach and hands now. Before, there were times I could not get my wedding rings off. Now, not only can I get them off, I can put them on my middle finger comfortably! May be time for a sizing soon!

Overall I am still extremely pleased with my weight loss and the Nutrisystem Program and I'm still as motivated as week 1 to keep going! 


My starting weight: 198.4
Current Weight: 191.4

GAINED: 0.8 lbs
Lost: 4 inches around the waist

Beginning of program

After Week 2



Disclosure: I am a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. The below mentioned products were provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Please do not start any weight loss or diet regimen before consulting with your physician first.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Week 2 of Nutrisystem #NSNation #ad

Disclosure: I am a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. The below mentioned products were provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Please do not start any weight loss or diet regimen before consulting with your physician first.

I just finished up my second week on Nutrisystem and so far so good! I am still sticking exclusively with the program and not having any regular foods other than the add ins that I am supposed to have. Is it easy? Not all the time. Especially when I am cooking for the kids. Sometimes I just want to sneak in a bowl of buttery mashed potatoes and I fought the urge for a Snickers bar at work for 4 days but I keep thinking of the end result. 

Being on the Nutrisystem program has really taught me a lot about portion control. There are many foods that I can eat as my add ins but I just have to measure out the portions. For instance, I bought a bag of pistashios that I would normally have gone in 2 days. It lasted me all of last week and there is still over a half a bag left just by simply watching my portions! 

Last week I lost 1.4 more pounds making a total of  7.8 pounds lost! Of course I'd like to see it come off a little faster but I know that is not healthy so I'm just taking it one week at a time. I can tell the biggest difference around my waist. I can breathe better, I am sleeping better and have more energy overall. It's amazing what a little weight loss can do for you! Best of all, I am eating healthier and working my way into a happier, healthier new me! I'm looking forward to week 3 and getting into adding a little more exercise other than my basic gardening, housework, and full time job. I hope you will follow me on the rest of my journey!

My starting weight: 198.4
Current Weight: 190.6
I am also happy to report that I have lost 2 inches around my waist!

Huge accomplishment for only being in week 2 of the program!

Beginning Photos: (excuse the mess around me, these were taken at work)


 

Today's Photos: One month ago, I could NOT fit into these shorts. Now I had to add another hole into my belt! Again, excuse the background, these were taken at work. 








Disclosure: I am a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. The below mentioned products were provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review. Please do not start any weight loss or diet regimen before consulting with your physician first.