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We’re adding a great new portion control tool to our weight loss routine! If you’re just joining us, the hubby and I have been losing weight together on the Nutrisystem program. Each week, we post a new update and share tips, info about our experiences, let you know about the program, and tell you how much we’ve lost so far.
Easy Portion Control Tool for Weight Loss and Maintenance
As I mentioned in last week’s weight loss update, we’re preparing to transition from doing all Nutrisystem meals, to doing our own cooking at home. In addition to the great Nutrisystem Cookbook we told you about, we’re ready to test out the Nutrisystem Meal Measure. It’s an easy to use portion control tool that fits right on your dinner plate and helps dieters learn what a proper portion looks like for each meal.
With individual spaces for protein, starch, fruit and vegetables, the Meal Measure is almost a no-brainer to use…just fill to the line in each cavity (half cup line on the inside or full cup at the top) and then lift the Meal Measure to enjoy your perfectly portioned meal at home!
We’ve had such a busy week that we relied on our pre-portioned Nutrisystem meals just about every day but are hoping to sit down, get organized and plan out some meals we can cook for ourselves soon. That really is one of the biggest challenges and why the Nutrisystem program works so well for us…knowing it’s in the cupboards and freezer and that we can just grab what we want without thinking about it when it’s time to eat. Our challenge now is to use the new tools to plan and make our own meals rather than always rely on the packaged meals we’ve grown so accustomed to!
The Kurgo Kibble Carrier makes it easy to bring your pet’s food along for the ride. Part bowl and part pet food carrier, it’s so simple to take food on the go for your favorite furry pal. With an adjustable size feature, the convenience and usefulness of the Kurgo Kibble Carrier is easy to see. Make traveling with your pet an easy feat with the Kurgo Kibble Carrier.
Coupaw, the pet deals site, has several great deals right now including this Kurgo Kibble Carrier for dogs. They are offering a special coupon code for $5 OFF ANY item on their site…most items include Free Shipping so it’s a great opportunity to snag a real deal for your dog or cat! This kibble carrier is on sale for $13.99 with free shipping, but it drops to just $8.99 when you apply the $5 OFF coupon.
Use Coupaw promo code NEWCOUPAW at checkout to deduct $5 OFF the cost of any order. Valid for one-time use per new OR existing subscriber so hurry on over and browse all their pet deals to get started!
It’s that time of the week again where I help you save time, get organized and find out ahead of time what pet coupons will be in this Sunday’s newspaper! This week most regions will get two SmartSource coupon insert plus a RedPlum for a total of 3 coupon inserts. Unfortunately, there’s not much this week in the way of pet coupons, but I’m including some other coupons pet parents may be interested in clipping, and you’ll also find free printable grocery coupons here.
RedPlum Coupon Insert 5/19:
Purina $5/2 items; 40oz+ dog treats, 11lb+ dry dog food, 13lb+ dry cat food or 35lb+ cat litter (6/30)
Febreze $1.50/1 Air Effects (6/30)
Hot Shot $1/1 product (8/31)
SmartSource Coupon Insert 5/19:
OxiClean $.50/1 pre-treater (7/31)
OxiClean $.50/1 versatile stain remover or power paks (7/31)
OxiClean $1.50/1 in-wash liquid (7/31)
Scotch-Brite $1/2 botanical disinfecting wipes (6/30)
For BIG savings on grocery shopping and help with meal planning, be sure to join new ShopPerk. Find recipes you love and create a shopping list of what’s on sale this week! It’s a meal planner, sale finder and grocery shopping tool all in one!
Remember, coupons and values can vary by region or publication, so it never hurts to take a look through your local paper to make sure you are getting what you expect before you pay for it!
You can also find additional coupons, deals and free samples for groceries, cleaning supplies, pets and family here:
- Ibotta – Earn Cash Back from Shopping
- Coupons.com – Print Free Grocery Coupons
- ShopPerk – Recipes for What’s on Sale this Week
- Living Social – Family and Pet Deals
- Free Pet Samples at FreeFlys.com
- Zulily – Daily Deals For Moms, Kids & Pets
- SwagBucks – Rewards for Searching the Web, Printing Coupons and more
As you may already know, the hubby and I have been losing weight and getting healthier together. We’ve been on the Nutrisystem program for the past 30 weeks and it’s been great! You can read our weekly weight loss updates for more info on that. Since our time on the plan is coming to an end soon, I’ve been doing loads of research and reading about different types of eating plans and diets, since we won’t be receiving packaged food anymore and want to stay on track with our progress so far. We also want to start learning more about eating the right kinds of foods for overall health. It turned out to be perfect timing when I received a review copy of the new book, The Omni Diet by Tana Amen.
You may have seen The Omni Diet on The Today Show or other talk show recently…that’s how I first heard about it. The book and program are based on a formula of 70% plants including fruits and veggies, and 30% protein from lean meat sources and nuts. There’s no dairy, sugars, processed foods or grains permitted. The goal of the program is to help you lose weight, reverse disease and fight inflammation.
The author is a registered nurse and designed this plan based on her own health issues and experiences with chronic conditions including thyroid cancer and severe digestive issues. Her diet is based on the concept of eating real foods with lots of flavor and is NOT a deprivation diet. The focus is on eating calorie-burning proteins and illness-fighting plant-based foods rather than on calorie restriction like some diets.
The plan itself is easy to follow, although some of the recipes have a lot of ingredients…that’s just a personal observation from someone who gets easily overwhelmed by too many choices and ingredients, but the concept and overall program makes sense. It’s more of an overall well-being plan than a traditional diet book and some of the goals of the program include:
- Decrease inflammation
- Optimize brain function
- Eat high-quality, nutrient-dense calories
- Decrease feelings of hunger and deprivation
- Balance hormones and break food addictions
- Increase energy and overall well-being
We’re cooking with Nutrisystem! If you’re just joining us, the hubby and I have been losing weight together on the Nutrisystem program. Each week, we post a new update and share tips, info about our experiences, let you know about the program, and tell you how much we’ve lost so far.
Cooking at Home with Nutrisystem
After 30 weeks on Nutrisystem we’re headed into our final month with the program. I’m sad already, and a little stressed about how we’re going to manage without having everything pre-made and pre-measured for us, but the awesome folks over at Nutrisystem have got us covered! They’ve got a great cookbook filled with recipes, ideas and helpful tips on how to cook at home. It’s designed especially for Nutrisystem members who are making the transition from program meals to cooking for themselves again, but it’s got healthy recipes that everyone can enjoy!
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be alternating between the Nutrisystem packaged meals, and some tasty new meals from the cookbook that we’ll cook for ourselves as we begin to transition off the program. We’ve already gone through and bookmarked a bunch of yummy looking ideas including Vietnamese Beef Soup, Smoked Salmon and Dill with Pasta Salad, and several breakfast and dessert recipes. Each recipe looks super easy to follow, and lists everything we need to know to stay on track, including Calories, and the Nutrisystem Equivalent. For example, the beef soup is 260 calories and counts as 1 Nutrisystem Lunch Enter + 1 PowerFuel. We’re just getting started with our grocery list and organizing our schedule, so stay tuned!
We’re Getting Close to Our Weight Loss Goals!
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I was setting some new mini goals for myself including pushing myself a bit more with the exercise. I’m still doing my daily walks with Daisy but have added in some extra days of cardio using my favorite Zumba Workout DVDs and also the Walking Cardio Shape Up Max exercise video from trainer Chris Freytag. I used to do them quite frequently but the extra weight I was carrying made it really hard on my knees so I’d stopped for a while. As with most things, I’m finding these workouts to be easier now that I’m a bit lighter. And it looks like bumping up the cardio is starting to pay off. This week’s weigh in was a great one…I’ve lost 2.2 pounds for a total of 34 pounds lost so far! I’m now EXACTLY 10 pounds from my goal…YAY!
The hubby has been running and started increasing his distance and speed using a cool phone app called Runkeeper, and is even thinking about training for his first Half Marathon! He’s lost another 2.4 pounds this week…that means he’s less than 3 pounds away from reaching his goal! I’m jealous he’ll get there first but I know I’m not far behind and will get there eventually!