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How I Lost 27 in 4 Months


How did I lose 27 pounds and 14 inches in 4 months?  I ate everything I wanted and sat on the couch all day!

HAHAHA,  we wish don't we?  No, I did not eat and watch television all day, but I wasn't miserable these last 4 months either.  I actually lost more than I intended (originally my goal was 20 lbs) and I still enjoyed myself!

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I've written about it before, but I am towards the end of my weight loss journey so I wanted to let you all know how it went.

At the beginning of this year, my husband and I were just very disappointed in our eating habits.  The eating holidays had passed (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) and we had fully enjoyed ourselves during that time.  We ate what we wanted, and it came to bite us in the butt.

Well, I wish it bit us in the butt because then that would mean we lost weight!

No, those holidays actually slapped more pounds onto my body, a body that was already out of shape.

So, it wasn't a new years resolution, or something we were giving up for Lent.  This time, we just wanted to lose weight for us.  For your's truly.  I wasn't doing it for anyone, but for myself.  To make me feel better about my body and give myself more energy throughout the day!

We signed up for Nutri-System (again) and on January 9th 2017, my weight loss journey started.  It is now May 9th 2017 and to date, I have lost 27 pounds and 14 inches.  I'll be honest with you all.  I weighed in at 190 pounds.  After my 3rd baby, I just couldn't get it off.  I was nearing 200lbs and that scared me.  Even at almost 6 ft tall, 190 lbs is too much for a woman my size to weigh.  So I was at 190 lbs, and now am down to 163.  I really wanted to make it to 160, but since my original goal was actually 170, I am pleased with 163.

I have lost inches in my waist, hips, thighs, and arms.  All equalling 14 inches lost. I've gone down over a pant size, and my shirts fit so much better!

How did I do it?  NUTRISYSTEM AND WORKING OUT.

I LOVE Nutrisystem.  It pretty much takes all the prep work out of your food.  You are provided with breakfast, lunch, (afternoon snack for men), dinner, and dessert.  Planning meals was often my downfall, as well as the time it took to prep the meals.  More often then not, we would just order, or go pick up food because it was easier.  With Nutrisystem, you just have to pick one meal, and microwave it and your done.  You will have to add in a few items that you get at the store, which are referred to as Smart Carbs - fruits/whole grain crackers/pretzels etc and Power Fuels - proteins/cheese/yogurt etc.

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Sooooo easy.

And the food is actually pretty good!  I mean, what other diet can you have chocolate muffins for breakfast, Mac n Cheese for lunch and then Pasta and Meatballs for dinner?  They have different options for their plans.  You can get the Basic - they just send you the "favorites", Core - you can pick which foods you want (we did this one), and Uniquely Yours - this is the only option that includes frozen foods.

The shelf stable food was good enough for us, so we didn't spend the money for the frozen food. If you are a little more picky, you may want to spend the money and get the frozen.  They will send it in a cooler in dry ice so that it is still frozen when it's delivered.

At first, I was starving.  The portion sizes are what your suppose to be eating regularly, but seem really small at first.  So, the first few weeks was tough.  Once you get into it though, its really not bad at all.  Sometimes, I'm even eating when I'm not hungry (because it's important to stick to the plan).

The customer service people are usually very helpful.  If you are at a standstill and need help, they will help you tweak the diet so that you can start loosing weight again.  There's also a fantastic Facebook Support group that people are very active in!  They will help with recipe ideas (you're able to change up the meals a bit and be creative if you get bored), finding deals and coupons/promo codes, and just general support.

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Along with the diet, I started going to the gym (again), and actually have stuck with it!  For me, I need help with being pushed, so I started doing the group classes.  If I go to the gym just to work out on my own, I don't know how to push myself enough to get a good workout.  Going to the group classes are fantastic because they will give you modifications to make things easier, or less stressful on your body, all the while pushing you to your limit.  I love it.  I take 3-45 min classes most weeks.  1 class of Power Pump and 2 class of HIIT (high intensity interval training).

Actually, I know that with going to the gym, I may be slowing down my weight loss progress because of the muscle I'm gaining, but then I see how I've lost 14" all around and I'm so proud of myself!!

There were definitely some tough weeks, where the scale wouldn't move, but I just kept with it, knowing that what I'm doing is creating new healthier habits, and in the end, will be worth it.

I want to end with letting you all know that I still went out and had "cheat nights".  There were birthdays and events that we still wanted to participate in.  The important thing when dieting, is not just doing something short term, where you go back to old habits when your done. You are learning a new way of living, how to eat and be healthy.  Life happens, and food events will come up.  It is important to learn how to live with these situations.  If you're going out to a family dinner, maybe don't get the appetizer, meal AND dessert.  Learning portion control and smart choices is what it is all about.  Once your body gets used to having healthier food and smaller portion sizes, you won't crave all that bad stuff anymore. Or if anything, you'll be okay with just having a small piece.  My son, husband and myself all had birthdays during this time.  We still celebrated with desserts.  We weren't depriving ourselves of that, because then we would probably crave it more. Instead, we went ahead and had that smaller slice of cookie cake.  In the end, one slice of cookie cake that week didn't hurt us, and we didn't resent the diet.  Win-Win!!

I highly suggest this diet.  I know some people do have different health concerns, so please consult your doctors first.  This diet works a lot on low calories, but high protein an fiber.  If you are interesting in just trying out some of the food first, I suggest this week trial pack, or some of the individual items such as, breakfast variety pack, variety bar pack or the Nutricrush shakes.


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  1. I've been on Nutrisystem too, amazing results. I'm smaller now than before I was pregnant.

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  2. So powerful! Great point on the "it's not a New Years resolution" or "Lent," but emphasizing how this needs to be an actual commitment. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you. It was important to me that I don't just lose weight and go back to what I was before. It has to be a lifestyle change.

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  3. That's great, congratulations! I haven't tried Nutrisystem but I've lost weight in the Atkins diet and I love it :)

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    1. Well if you're ever looking for something different I highly recommend it! It really makes everything so easy!

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  4. I too feel that sticking with a fitness regimen, no matter how small is good. Group classes or fitness buddies is great - someone to keep us accountable.

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    1. Yep! I had a fitness buddy, but she only comes about once every other week now. I can't let that stop me though, so I just go on my own, and I'm so glad I did.

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  5. Wow! So glad to see a program that works for you! I need to get on one and just can't seem to commit- congrats!

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    1. You should try this one! I mean, there aren't many "diets" that you can eat cookies and pasta and pizza!

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  6. what a journey - I am so inspired

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  7. Wow...good for you! I had my 2nd baby 10 months ago and I still need to lose 10 pounds. Maybe I should try this. Thanks for sharing. It's encouraging!

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    1. You definitely should! It's great for people who both need to lose either a little or a lot of weight! My youngest is almost 2.5 years now, so I couldn't blame the weight on him anymore!!

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  8. Wow! I am proud of you for your hard work to lose weight! You inspire me to accomplish my goals. I encourage you to keep on keeping on! :)

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  9. It is so important that people commit to regular exercise; not just a diet change. Good health is the key, we are all different sizes and shapes!

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    1. It's hard when life gets in the way, but if you commit to it, you will look forward to it and make it a priority!

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  10. A friend of mine used Nutrisystem and had awesome results. Great job on all your success so far!

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    1. It really is a great program. Congrats to your friend, and thanks for your comment!

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  11. Great to hear it worked so well for you and has led to a whole lifestyle change... I always find that when I get my diet right I suddenly feel energetic enough to go back to the gym and I can't do a proper work out without a group class either. I need someone shouting instructions at me for motvation!

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    1. Yep! Same here. I need someone saying "only 20 more seconds, you can do that, it's just 20 seconds" lol!

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  12. I've never tried Nutrisystem but I have done the slow card diet (high protein, low fat/sugar/dairy). It worked for me in 2011 and I lost about 30 lbs in 5 months. However, you have to eat the same types of foods and it gets boring after awhile. I was about to start back on it but then i found about I am pregnant :) So no dieting for me.

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    1. Yay, congrats! The last time I did nutrisystem I lost about 18 lbs and then found out I was pregnant too so I had to stop. Now that I'm done having babies I wanted to get to a better "forever" weight.

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  13. Great article. Really inspiring and well done.

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  14. OH MY GOD congrats on your weight lost! that's absolutely insane! You're such an inspiration

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    1. Wow, thank you. Some of the people on that FB page I talked about are just amazing and great to look up too. They've lost 50-100 lbs already!!

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  15. Congratulations on losing the weight and doing something for you !:)

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    1. Thank you! It is definitely very rewarding.

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  16. Amazing! The last time I had a cutthroat determination to lose weight was when i was 13! I've been dieting since I was nine. But age 13 is when I lost the most weight as if my life depended on it ( I was in my teens...being slim was a priority). But gosh, I haven't stuck to weight loss success as an adult in ages. Been on a yo yo diet my entire life. If only I can get back into that mindset of my 13 year old self!

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    1. It's amazing what peer pressure can do! I highly suggest this program if you need to lose some again. It really teaches you portion control which you can follow through with when you are done ordering food from them!

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  17. So glad it worked out for you! Congraluations on your progress!

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  18. That's awesome! Hmm I might check this out I need to lose a good 20lbs!

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    1. You should! It's great for such a variety of people!

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  19. Congratulations on your weight loss! Portion control was what worked for me too. Nutrisystem sounds really great. I also love group exercise classes. I get too bored on machines or just running, but the classes really motivate me.

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    1. Nutrisystem is great with teaching portion control. I love it! And I agree, I get bored on machines too. I listen to music, but it doesn't help.

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  20. Congratulations on your weight loss! What you said is so important - you have to be ready to make this change and commitment for YOU! It won't work if you're doing it for anyone else. Great job!

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