Nutrisystem Update Week 16: Win a FREE Year of Nutrisystem + More! #NSNation

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pledge to lose 2013

It’s a SUPER weekend with Puppy Bowl, the Super Bowl and lots of fun local activites, too! I’m keeping our update short this week but I have important  Nutrisystem news to share with you about a cool new contest!

This week, Nutrisystem kicked off the new Pledge To Lose Contest. You’ll want to be sure to enter for a chance to score some amazing prizes, include an all-inclusive trip to the Bahamas, one FREE year of Nutrisystem, and autographed memorabilia from Dan Marino and Jillian Barberie!

Visit the Pledge To Lose 2013 Contest to enter and see official rules. We sure would be excited if one of our readers won this, so Good Luck everyone!!!

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Nutrisystem Update Week 15: Celebrating 25 Pounds Lost So Far! #NSNation

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Nutrisystem 25 pounds lost

Time for our weekly  Nutrisystem update and I have big news:  I’m celebrated a milestone this week with 25 pounds lost in 15 weeks! I know that some people might look at this and think that taking nearly 4 months to lose 25 pounds seems slow, but it’s an average of 1.66 pounds per week so I’m pretty thrilled with how I’m doing. Since there’s no 25 lb Nutribear, I created this early Valentine to reward myself!

Do I wish I could lose more, faster? Of course! But I just keep reminding myself that all the experts say slow and steady is healthier and easier to maintain in the long run. Compared with other methods I’ve tried, I’m definitely finding this plan the easiest to follow and it’s really helped us both to re-evaluate our relationship with food and relearn what proper portion sizes look like.  Tracking everything we eat has become such a habit that I’m sure we will continue even after finishing the program. We also have such a great variety of food options that we rarely feel deprived, which I’m learning is another key to success.

The other big news this week is that we’re going to continue on the Nutrisystem program for another 3 months! We’d originally planned to do 4 months, but are SO happy with how things are going and not getting tired of the meal plan at all…plus, we are both on such a positive course toward meeting our weight loss goals that we can’t quit now. We’ve each got less than 20 pounds left to go! BIG thanks and HUGS to our Nutrisystem advisor Meredith for supporting us with positive feedback and words of encouragment each week, and for arranging for us to continue!

Now for this week’s weight loss update. I lost 1.2 lbs this week for a total so far of 25.6 lbs lost…woohoo! Daisy’s papa didn’t lose anything this week, but didn’t gain either. He’s lost a total of 42.2 pounds in 15 weeks, so having a zero week isn’t fazing him much. One of the most important lessons we’ve learned is to just stick with it and don’t get discouraged. If you’ve missed any updates or want to see a weekly breakdown of our weight loss, you can check it all out below:

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Nutrisystem Update Week 13: The Nutribears Are Taking Over! #NSNation

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nutrisystem bears

We’re celebrating our progress by showing off our Nutribears this week! In addition to the great meal plans and online support tools we get,  Nutrisystem also rewards members for their weight loss by sending a bear designed especially for every 10 pounds lost. Each cute critter has a name. Woof Woof Papa recently earned his 40 pound “Determination Bear” and I’m super happy to make room for my very own 20 pound “Commitment Bear”. With a total of 6 bears earned so far between the two of us, and lots more pounds to lose, we’re going to have to find a special spot for them before they take over!

After putting the holiday eating season behind us, I’m thrilled to report that we are both back on track and making great progress: The hubby lost 3.5 pounds (for a total so far of 40.3) and I lost 2.4 (for a total of 22.8)!!! If you missed any of our previous updates, here’s the breakdown of how we did in weeks 1-12:

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Nutrisystem Update Week 12: Welcoming 2013 and Putting the Holidays Behind Us! #NSNation

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weighing in after the holidays

Happy New Year everyone! Hard to believe we are already 5 days into 2013! It’s always a bit of a let-down as the holiday season comes to a close, and things start to get back to normal. Before Daisy’s papa and I start putting away all the Christmas decorations and cleaning up around here, I just wanted to bring you a very quick  Nutrisystem update on how we did this week.

In addition to New Year’s Eve and a day watching Bowl Games on New Year’s Day, we also celebrated the hubby’s birthday this week…so it was a FUN but challenging week! I got a little carried away with the bubbly and we both overdid it with splurging on Chinese food and a few other favorites. Although we managed to hold it together pretty well, I’ll admit that I’m relieved to be putting the holidays behind us so we can really get back to the business of eating healthy, getting fit and losing weight!

This week was the first time that I’ve actually gained weight, putting on 0.6 lbs while Woof Woof Papa managed to lose 0.6 lbs! If you’ve been keeping up with our updates, you already know that he gained 4.1 over Christmas and I barely lost any that week (-0.2) so it’s good to get focused and back on track quickly after a couple weeks of no-progress. As I mentioned last week, I think it’s super helpful that we already have our plan in place and know that it works, and our New Year’s resolution is simply to “Stick to the plan!”

So far, I’ve lost 20.4 and the hubby has lost 36.8. We’re still feeling pretty good about that, even though we still have a ways to go to meet our goal weights. Here’s the breakdown in case you missed any weeks:
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Nutrisystem Update Week 11: Wishing Everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year! #NSNation

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New Year's diet resolution

In a couple of days, it will be January. A time for new beginnings…a time to make the changes we’ve all been meaning to make or wishing would happen. The hubby and I have an advantage this year – we got a great head start on changing our eating habits and weight since we joined Nutrisystem in October.

Lots of people asked us WHAT we were thinking beginning a weight loss program at the start of what I like to call “the holiday eating season” which runs from Halloween through New Year’s Day. Looking back, I’m so glad we did! Like most people, I usually kick off the New Year with the same old resolution to “lose weight” without a really good plan of how I’m going to do it. Within a few weeks, I’ve usually broken my resolution and gone back to my old ways. Sound familiar?

This year I already have a plan, and it’s working! When I ring in 2013, I’ll be reflecting on my weight loss accomplishments so far, and looking forward to keep the momentum going! So MY resolution for 2013 is simple: Stick To The Plan. I’ll also make some new resolutions for myself for the coming year: Workout More and Be More Organized are the two main ones that come to mind. Sound familiar, too???

I’ll admit that I don’t yet have a plan for those resolutions, so let me know if you’ve found one that works!

Our New Year’s Wish for you? A Happy and Healthy New Year!

Not that I’m an expert, but based on what I’ve learned so far, here are a few words of advice to help get you started if you’re planning a weight loss resolution for 2013:

  • Find a plan you like that’s easy to follow: We’ve all started crazy or extreme diets that are either overly complicated or too strict to follow for more than a few days or weeks. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Do what looks and sounds realistic for your schedule, family situation and lifestyle.
  • Don’t expect it to happen overnight: Healthy weight loss takes time. Don’t give up because you aren’t seeing immediate results. Some weeks we lose close to nothing or even gain a little. If you stick with it, it WILL add up. You can see our year-end update below for proof!
  • Don’t go it alone: It will be so much easier to stick to a plan or program if you have a partner or get your family involved. If that’s not possible, look for online support or find a virtual weight-loss partner. Programs like Nutrisystem offer forums, discussion boards, blogs and other means of networking, advice and support.
  • Commit to staying accountable: Whether you blog, keep a journal, report in weekly to a real-life or virtual weight loss buddy, or use an online tracking app, DO keep to a schedule of recording your progress. It will help you to stay motivated to see how far you’ve come when you look back on it, and it will help keep you make better choices since you know you are going to have to record or report what you ate (and how much you did or didn’t work out).

And speaking of staying accountable, here’s our weekly weight loss update! I’ve also included a year-end breakdown so you can see how we did each week:

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