FREE Pet Food Sample: Nature’s Variety Instinct Grain-Free for Dogs and Cats

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free instinct pet food sample

Be sure to stop on by the Instinct Facebook Page and snag your FREE sample of their new reduced fat, grain-free  dog food or cat food.

US residents will receive a free Nature’s Variety Instinct Healthy Weight sample while supplies last and Canadian residents who complete the form will receive a $4.00 off coupon instead of the free pet food sample. Choose your free sample for either dogs or cats.

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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Weighing In On EatSmart Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale

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eatsmart scale

If you’ve been following along so far, you know that Woof Woof Papa and I are on a weight loss journey, thanks to the Nutrisytem Program. You can catch up on our updates and check on our progress by following me on Twitter and watching for the hashtag #NSNation, or by clicking Nutrisystem from the menu bar at the top of my blog!

To keep on top of our weight and measure our progress, we’ve been using a fantastic new bathroom scale from EatSmart. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never had a healthy relationship with a bathroom scale. The last few I tried using drove me so crazy that I either returned them or threw them out. It’s bad enough to have to deal with weight issues without the extra stress of an inaccurate scale that says a different weight every time I stepped on it – even just 5 minutes later! I know that you are only supposed to weigh yourself once a week but be honest…who does that!?!


Anyway, the Precision Plus Digital Bathroom Scale is the scale we’re using now and I love how modern and sleek it looks! It’s also really simple to keep clean since it’s got a nice, shiny top that wipes down easily. It’s also very easy to use. Just step on and weigh in. No tapping on it or waiting for it to auto-calibrate like some other scales we’ve tried.

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FREE Samples of Rachael Ray Nutrish and Nutrish Healthy Weight Dog Food

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Free Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Food Samples

You can request Free Samples of Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Food here! You’ll have the choice of Nutrish Regular or Healthy Weight. If you are worried that your dog is putting on a few too many pounds, the Healthy Weight formula is a yummy low-fat food with 33% less fat and 10% fewer calories than original Nutrish. It also contains the nutrient L-carnitine, which has been shown to turn fat into energy to keep your dog at a healthy weight. Plus, real turkey is the #1 ingredient.