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I can’t remember a time in my life that I didn’t struggle with food and body image.  In case you didn’t know food is really yummy, ice cream tastes amazing and butter really does make everything better and bread…

You can see where this is going.

Now over 30 lbs overweight if one more person asks when my baby is due I’m gonna cry.  I used to point to the newborn and that worked, but she’s 10 months old and the excuses are all mine.  It’s time to own my issues and move past them.

I am setting a big goal this year of dropping 30 pounds that came on with the past two babies and appears to not want to leave.  So I’m using you guys as my accountability group.  It’s one thing to say you are wanting to lose weight, it’s another to start sharing it every week.  My plan is to share any tips that helped me through the week along with any progress made.

Rather than just creating the goal of 30 lbs and leaving it hanging I also want a goal date.  So I’m going safe, but saying that I want to achieve this before labor day.  We have a big vacation planned, so it’s the perfect goal and reward all in one.  I will need to keep sticking with at least one pound loss per week to make it happen.


To help me reach these goals I’ve decided to use NutriSystem.  I’ve never done it before, but really like the idea of not having to think about what to cook or grab that is healthy.  They offered me with one month for free for sharing, and since I was already interested in it, I jumped on it!

I picked the Core Plan Favorites Pack (which right now is $9.72 a day on sale).  This is where they send a mix of all their top rated items rather than you hand selecting your menu.  I was a little concerned at someone else picking, but I’m not a picky eater and it was cheaper in the long run to stick with this plan.

For the first week all your food is in a box that was inside the box above.  It’s the Turbo Boost box.  They provide meals and shakes for the first week to boost your weight loss.  This is what I ate yesterday to give you an idea:

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I should have had a second shake instead of the cookies, but I needed the snack while we were at church so it was easier to bring that than figure out how to make a shake in the middle of the sanctuary.  After the first week you don’t do shakes you just add in snacks.  Don’t panic this isn’t actually everything you eat.  You also add in 4 servings of vegetables and they give you a handy list to go off of.

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I’ve been at this for almost a week now!  The first day I was hungry but expected that I would be.  Buy day 2 I wasn’t hungry in-between meals at all.  So insert the motivation of “you can survive day one”.

Week One Results

I’m excited to say I’m already down 5 lbs!  

I don’t expect it to continue losing that fast and it’s already leveling off.  I’m one of those that loses a few pounds quickly just when I cut out sweets and sugary drinks, so that alone probably helped.  They are saying to expect about 10 lbs total for the first month so I’m looking for probably 1-2 lbs per week from here on this month.

Week One Tips

  1.  It’s really hard to diet when no one else in the house is.  I’ve been eating my dinner before I cook dinner for everyone else, this way I’m not hungry while I cook and I’m not hungry as we sit at the table.  I then eat my veggie sides with the family.  They have been eating more veggies too since I’m making them eat my veggies.
  2. Think about what you eat for the whole day.  There have been a few days where I knew we had to go out and wouldn’t be home until the afternoon.  That meant grabbing my morning snack and lunch (and possibly afternoon snack) to take with me.  The core plan box has a number of meals and meal bars, so the bars are perfect for these days.
  3. Still Track Your Food.  Whether you use the NutriSystem app or my favorite MyFitnessPal, you should still track what you are eating.  A few meals I’ve already decided to go off plan to enjoy foods that my family was eating.  Tracking though helps to make sure I still eat a good portion size and make wiser choices.  We had make your own pizza night at home.  So I ate one piece and made my part with no cheese and tons of fresh veggies!  I had spinach, tomatoes, peppers and onions and it was quite amazing.

I will be sharing every Monday.  I would also love your encouragement and tips, and I know I’m not the only one trying to shed pounds before the summer!  Feel free to leave any tips you have or even great meals you love in the comments on these posts each week.

    • Ann

      Way to go! You can do it! I am there with you…need to shed some too!

    • mommalana

      Cheering you on!

    • AmberLeigh

      You can do this! I am also in the process of losing some extra weight. My first goal is 20lbs by May 15th. I volunteered to go on a school camp trip with my daughter, and I want to have more energy for that!

    • cbachmann

      I’m SO excited for you! Losing weight in a healthy way has always been a struggle for me. After doing many, many systems I’ve finally found one that is easy, life as a mom doable, super filling for every single meal and 100% natural the best nutrition you can put in your body!! It’s an amazing program that I’ve successfully used for over a year and still LOVE my shakes!! The best part is that my body is alkaline (diesease cannot grow) and I have AMAZING energy. No more crashing mid day and praying for my husband to hurry home and take over!! I’d love to share more with you if you get stuck with nutrisystem.

    • Kristan

      Me too Jenny…I lost 61 lbs last year but had an emergency appendectomy and then the holidays hit and I gained about 15 back. I’ve lost my motivation. I need to lose a lot more. It’s so stinking hard. It’s really hard like you say when you’re the only one in the house who is dieting. I’m so busy homeschooling my 5 kids. I just seem to have no energy left for me. You have motivated me once again and I thank you for that…cheering you on!!

      • http://www.southernsavers.com/ Jenny

        My girls have become a cheerleader for me too since they know my goals, it’s also given us some great talking moments about food choices and body image. Hope we continue cheering each other on!

    • Elizabeth

      Yay for making a plan! I think that’s a huge part of it. I’ve lost 60 pounds over the last two years. It is VERY hard, but worth it! I want to be a healthy example for my daughters. And be around for a long time to see them grow. I’ll enjoy your tips and hope we can all encourage each other!

    • Tricia

      Way to go!! My best friend and I set a goal for 100lbs this year. 2lbs a week! Focusing on the small goals have really helped. We are coming up on the end of week 9, and I’m down 16lbs, and she’s down 22lbs! We’ve been using portion control containers, cut our dairy & added sugar, & moderate exercise!

      • http://www.southernsavers.com/ Jenny

        That’s awesome! I’m proud of you for sitting a big goal but looking at the little ones too.

    • Wendy Schafer

      I’m on Nutrisystem too.

    • EWG

      I joined dietbet this year– a monetary reason helps me. But also we (as a family) have 2 charts– one for veggies and one for fruits. We get to move our clip up one for each serving we eat. It is so good to monitor what a serving really is (just enough spinach to make pasta look greenish isn’t a serving, etc) and when we are snacky we always know its because we haven’t worked hard on our charts that day

    • Sporksoma

      Losing 5 or 10 lbs immediately and then losing more slowly is really common, but I urge you to make sure you are consulting with a doctor on some things. I am morbidly obese and my doctor and I are working with me on losing weight. I keep reading from “health and nutrition” sites and magazines that people as overweight as I am should be losing just tons and tons of weight as quickly as they could, but my doctor got really alarmed and told me absolutely not, lose weight slowly. 1 lb a week, even for me, being 130+lbs overweight, is a good, moderate goal for the first year, and then thereafter losing 1lb every other week or so.

      Make sure you’re taking care of yourself and not losing weight too fast. I know that medical expenses can get expensive, but so can overdoing it/hurting yourself/etc.

      • Jenna

        It also makes it easier to keep the weight off when you lose more slowly, as you’re very slowly adjusting to new eating habits. You’re more likely to stick to them in the long run.

    • Jenna

      I’ve done Nutrisystem and loved it. I lost 40 lbs and am working on the last 20. What I absolutely HATE is that they got rid of their forums. There were some great suggestions there for newbies. A couple of tips:

      1. Call NS customer service and give them your health insurance info. Chances are, you might qualify for a discount.

      2. Occasionally, Costco will sell NS gift cards at a discount of 20% or better. Even if you’re not a member at Costco, you can still purchase these cards. Paying for your NS deliveries with these cards gives you an additional discount.

      3. Make a list of Smart Carbs (SC) and Power Fuels (PF) that you enjoy eating. Make sure at least a few of these are easy grab-and-go options. SCs and PFs are all 80-120 calories per serving and contain at least 1g of fiber (SC) or 5g of protein (PF). You might want to later consider stats like carbs, sugar, and sodium, but for now start slow and don’t overwhelm yourself. One of my favorite grab and go SC/PF combo snacks is a grilled cheese or peanut butter sandwich. I get the thin whole wheat bread so that I can have two slices for 100 calories and then either add a bit of PB or a slice of cheddar.

      4. Ditto for #3 on veggies. I like baby carrots and celery because I don’t have to stop to cook or prep them. I also keep cans of V8 on hand for a quick 2 servings of veggies.

      5. Some of the meals are horrible if you prepare them according to instructions. The paper cup meals are a prime example. Don’t add water and then nuke. Nuke/boil the water and then add it to the cup, stir, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Alternatively, those little lunch crocks that you see for about $15-20 are PERFECT for preparing a lot of the shelf staple meals, and it tastes so much better that way. With others, try making them on stovetop in a pan with sauteed veggies added to them. Try thinning the sauce with low-so broth if it’s too thick for your liking. You’ll notice a huge difference. A lot of these things can’t be done if you’re on the go or away from home, but you can prep them to your liking at home the night before and then nuke in your own containers the next day.

      6. If you stumble, don’t get discouraged. Let it go and hop right back on the wagon. It happens to us all at some point.