Nutrisystem Week 7 Update:
Weekly Weight Loss: -1.2 Total Weight Loss: -25.2
Using my coping strategies really helped reduce cravings this week which made things much easier. So far I have stayed on my diet with no cheating! This is a huge accomplishment for me it’s usually around the second month that I start to lose my will power so I am really excited to be going strong. This week I am working on identifying my support system. Losing weight is so hard so having positive support and positive people around you really helps keep you focused.
Support really helps me stay on track when I am losing weight. I feel like I have a lot of supportive friends and family but having a mentor is really helpful for me. Someone who has been through the process and can give me advice that I can relate to. Most of my friends and family don’t struggle with their weight so while they are supportive they really don’t have an understanding of what it’s like to be overweight or have to diet. Finding a mentor was a bit of a process for me because I didn’t really have a friend or family member to fill this role for me. I ended up finding a mentor online, I am a member of a couple of weight loss support groups and found a lady that I click really well with. Luckily with the internet we have a world at our fingertips. I can chat with her anytime I need support and get advice.
I have started to receive compliments from my family and friends which is really nice. I also get great compliments from the Nutrisystem team. I have always been a people pleaser and strive to make people proud of me. So getting compliments usually lets me know that I’m doing a good job, it makes me feel like I am doing something right. It really doesn’t even have to be about my weight or how I look just hearing that I’m doing a good job sticking to the diet or that I’m trying really hard is really helpful when I’m having a tough day.
Nutrisystem has been a huge support for me. I love that they not only provide you with the diet and food but they also provide you with a personal counselor that you can contact anytime via phone or email to talk about anything really. My counselor is awesome, she has helped me so much. Anytime I have a question, I’m struggling, or just getting notes that I’m doing well are so helpful. Again having someone that knows what it’s like and understands the program I’m doing is so valuable, they can relate to my situation and offer suggestions that others might not be able to. Nutrisytem has been so valuable not only for the diet but all areas of this process. They are really here to help you succeed.
Tips & Tricks:
This week I put together a list of my five favorite support resources. If you are struggling with your weight loss and looking for support then hopefully these will come in handy. I know I have limited resources among my family and friends so I have sought out a lot of resources online as well. These are my top five favorite resources.
There are Facebook groups for just about everything. I have several weight loss groups that I am a member of. There are a couple that are just weight loss in general where people share their struggles and resources and there are a couple that Nutrisystem specific that offer help and support for people on the Nutrisystem program. These groups are not operated by Nutrisystem but rather by participants or former participants in the program. They have a wealth of information. You can find groups by using the search feature on Facebook and clicking on the groups tab. Type in search words like weight loss, weight loss support, Nutriystem, Nutrisystem support, and other like terms. My favorites are:
Nutrisystem has a free app called Numi and a free website called the Leaf that I love for support. You can track your foods, exercise, water, and weight. However you can access the leaf through the Numi at and find recipes, success stories (I love reading these for inspiration), tips, and they even have challenges. The challenges are really helpful for me. They have a weekly challenge right now, each week has a different task like tracking your water, reporting your foods, or tracking your exercise using the Numi app. If you complete the challenge for that week you can win a prize. I am super competitive and I have found the challenges to be a great way to stay motivated. The leaf has a ton of resources available and is a great support resource. You can find it online or on your phone.
As I mentioned when you sign up for Nutrisystem you are assigned a coach that you can contact by phone or email. My coach is amazing, she responds quickly so I feel like I can contact her and get an answer right away. I email my coach usually but like I said she responds quickly, I’m just not much of a phone person. I love all the advice she offers. If I have a question she answers it for me, she offers me suggestions if I am struggling with something, and helps me with ordering or any technical problems I have too. She has been invaluable for navigating the program. If you are not doing Nutrisystem there are a lot of sites out there that offer online coaching for weight loss. A couple of years ago I had a dietician that I did weekly coach phone calls with that were really helpful. They were pretty affordable and really helped me out from week to week. It is always nice to have someone with information that can offer your professional advice and support.
As we all know diet is only half the battle so finding support for exercise is important too. I am lucky that my doctor has helped me with some resources here, she has given me a free membership to the college gym facility and pool so I can work out for free. I know a lot of physicians have relationships with gyms so I would check there. Also check with your insurance, our insurance offers a discount for gym memberships. I struggle with exercise myself so sometimes having a free membership doesn’t really help me cause I never go. I recently found a site called live exercise that has workout classes you can pull up on your computer or device and it’s like attending a class at a gym but in your home. They have a really great limited mobility program I am doing. I like that I feel like I am not working out alone when I have the video to watch. The program has really helped me feel stronger and healthier. The programs are set up in several stages and episodes. They one I am doing has three stages and 16 episodes per stage. I takes you from seated exercises to half seated half standing and then eventually all standing. You can find workouts though in a huge variety of categories to suit your specific likes and goals. You can find it here. I also look up videos on YouTube which is free.
Just like other addictions there are support groups out there for weight loss. I attend a support group at a local church here in town. I love having conversations with people who are in the struggle with me. It’s like we are all in it together. It meets weekly so I feel like I can be strong all week. There are even some social events as part of the group. If you can’t find anything local look online for support group meetings. These are a couple of my favorite online groups:
I hope you find these helpful. Let me know what your favorite support resources are, we can all use as many resources as possible.
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