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Nutrisystem Week 49 Update:
Weight Loss this Week: -1.8 Total Weight Loss: -150.0
My Nutrisystem Journey:
I barely made it to my 150 by Christmas but I did make it. I’m super excited to be able to say I have lost 150 pounds in a year. Not to mention how much better I feel. Celebrating Christmas this year really made me think back to last Christmas. I had just found out I would be starting Nutrisystem as part of their blogger program and would be starting this weight loss journey. I was excited but also very nervous and scared about the process. So after being on the program for a year and seeing a huge success, I can’t be happier. Now hearing the news right before Christmas that I will be continuing with the blogger program I feel nothing but excitement to see where this continued journey takes me this year. I can’t wait to see where I am next Christmas!
It has been a struggle for me to decide whether or not I wanted to disclose my starting weight. I have not as of yet this entire year but now that I have worked so hard and seen some success I think it’s important to know where I started from. So for the first time shared on this blog, I will disclose that my starting weight was 523 pounds. I was close to death last Christmas. I barely left the house and my anxiety level was so high that when I did I was a nervous wreck the entire time. My health was so poor that walking and standing for long at all (more than a few minutes) left my heart racing, feeling sick, and was nearly impossible. I was very limited on what I could do and where I could go.
So last Christmas was very miserable, in fact, I often thought I may die any day from a heart attack. I was alive but not really living. I stayed in my home unless I was forced to leave the house and I was battling anxiety the entire time I was out. It was a horrible way to live honestly. So when I was given the opportunity to do Nutrisystem I leaped at the chance. I didn’t have anything to lose and it could only get better right? Little did I know how wonderful this experience was going to be. Now at 373 pounds, I couldn’t be happier. I can walk again, I not only had a wonderful Christmas I hosted and cooked for everyone. I can stand, walk, heck even dance around if I want to. I enjoyed going out to family member’s homes this year and I even got to go out and do some holiday shopping with my daughters. It’s been a complete 360 this year. So this year I am giving myself the gift of life this year.
5 Gifts I Gave Myself this Year:
So this year for Christmas I didn’t really give myself tangible gifts but I did give myself gifts that made me stronger, happier, and healthier. These are gifts that cost nothing but hard work and determination but are the most rewarding gifts I have ever given to myself.
The Gift of Health:
Since starting Nutrisystem I have improved my blood pressure and blood sugar problems. I have gone from being borderline diabetic to a healthy A1C with no blood sugar concerns at all. I feel amazing, like a new person. We also identified I was anemic and fixed that issue as well. It’s been a huge gift, health is the best gift I could give myself.
The Gift of Energy:
When I started this program I could not do anything at all now I have so much energy I don’t know what to do with it all. I was so used to being at home on my couch that I got accustomed to doing nothing and being happy with that. Now I have energy and I want to leave the house, go do fun things, and spend time with my husband and kids. It’s like a whole new me.
The Gift of Mental Health:
As I mentioned above I was so anxious all the time. I couldn’t even be outdoors out outside my comfort zone or I would have a huge anxiety attack. Most were weight related. I was worried people were talking about me, staring at me. I would worry about if there would be stairs, could I fit in the chairs if I needed to sit (which I always did), would there be chairs available, how far would I have to walk, and the list went on and on. Now I just go and I wish I could say I don’t worry but I still do but not nearly as much and it isn’t preventing me from going out anymore. I even fit in a booth at a restaurant over the holiday break which just shocked me and made me the happiest person ever. I know it’s silly but to me it’s huge. If you feel you need mental health support you can “talk to a psychotherapist online or near you.
The Gift of Self-Esteem:
It’s been a long time since I was proud of myself for anything. With all the hard work I have put in I have experienced so many successes. I am amazed as I continue to lose weight and get healthier. I am so proud of my hard work and I feel so good about myself. The feeling is amazing and the best gift I could have given myself this year.
The Gift of More Time:
The biggest and best gift I gave myself this year though was more time with my daughters and loved ones. Last year I felt like I was on the verge of death honestly. Many times I wonder if today would be the day that I died of a heart attack or some other weight-related illness. Today I feel amazing. Not only am I here for my kids and family but I can actually enjoy time with them and be active in their lives. I was absent for the last 2 years even though I was alive and here I was not involved (I couldn’t be). Now I can go to programs and school activities, go shopping with them, and I’m happier and healthier so I’m not worried the entire time I can be present with them. It’s been an amazing year and I can’t wait to see what next year brings.
I do want to take a moment to thank all of my readers for following along with me on this journey. I know several of you have told me you read my blog every week and love seeing my progress, I appreciate you all. Many of you have told me I am an inspiration, it’s hard for me to think of myself as inspiring for anyone but if you have found inspiration in my story I’m so glad I could be a part of anyone’s journey. If you are on the fence about losing weight just take the leap, it’s worth it. Whether you choose Nutrisystem or another program just choose something and go for it. You will thank yourself in the future. Here’s to continued success for all of us!
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