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Nutrisystem Week 52 Update:
Weight Loss this Week: 3.4 Total Weight Loss: -158.4
My Nutrisystem Journey:
It has been one year since I started Nutrisystem! I can’t believe that I actually stuck with it all year and not only that I am starting my second year with more motivation than I had when I started the last year. I have lost a total of 158.4 pounds this year and I can’t believe it honestly. I still have 191.6 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight of 175 pounds and I am determined to reach it. This week I decided to share my journey. I usually give you tips and tricks but I wanted to do something a little different for my one-year anniversary post. Every week it seems like I get a message or emails or stopped when I am out and about by someone who tells me how inspirational my journey has been for them. I have never considered myself inspirational but I’m trying to give myself credit for what I have accomplished and be proud of myself. So I want to share my journey and make this a personal blog post about the hard work and determination I have put in over the last year. It’s hard for me but I want to allow myself to be proud of my hard work so far.
I think I should start this journey sharing why I started Nutrisystem in the first place. I have always been overweight, all of my life. I remember being told as a baby that I drank too much formula and they had to limit me on what I could have and my mom retells stories of how I would cry as a baby for formula but the doctor told her to only give me so much so she would just let me cry. So even as a baby, I was on a diet. Through grade school, middle school, and high school I was always much heavier than all of my cousins and friends. In fact, I was just trying to remember the other day if I could remember ever being under 200 pounds and I really can’t. I’m sure I was but at an early age I topped 200 and even in middle school I remember weight more than that. In high school I was well over 300 and as much as I tried to pretend it never slowed me down it definitely made things more difficult. I avoided gym class like the plague, no high school sports for me, no dates, went to prom alone, and as much as I pretended it didn’t matter, it really did.
Luckily though I finished high school and I met the love of my life. She accepted me for who I was and didn’t care that I was overweight. We had children which I didn’t think would ever happen to me. For a long time, I embraced being obese and said I learned to love my body no matter what. Over the years I gained little by little and before I knew it I was over 400 pounds. It was drastically affecting my life. I could barely walk, couldn’t stand for very long, had high blood pressure, and just overall I felt horrible. At that time I made a lifestyle change with the help of a doctor. I lost 160 pounds and I was on top of the world. I could walk again, I even tried surfing, seemed like nothing could slow me down. I was almost under 300 pounds for the first time since high school. It seemed like I was finally getting my life back.
Then everything changed. I had some big life-changing events occurred. I also suffer from anxiety and have since high school. So when life gave me stress I retreated to my house and didn’t want to leave. I also returned to what I knew always made me feel better which was food. Over the next 3 years, I rarely left my house unless I had to and I did nothing but eat. I gained back the entire 160 pounds plus another 50 pounds. I felt horrible every day. If I had to leave the house for any reason I had a panic attack. I worried about would there be stairs, would I have to walk for very long (because I couldn’t), would there be a place to sit down or should I bring a chair with me, and the worst will people stare? I felt horrible and often had the thought “Will today be the day I die?”. I had high blood pressure, I even had to be rushed to the heart hospital in Oklahoma City to have a heart cath done at age 37. I felt like I was on my death bed and there was nothing I could do. I spent all my time inside and was missing out on seeing my children grow up. The world keeps going even if you don’t.
It was at this time that I saw an opportunity to blog for Nutrisystem. I had been staying inside for years and to pass the time I had taken up the hobby of blogging. I had a pretty decent following and I thought maybe they will let me join. It has to be better than what I’m doing now. I really didn’t have high hopes but I applied. Before I knew it I had heard back that they wanted to work with me but I had to have a doctor monitor my health while on the program since I was over 500 pounds. I met with my doctor and she encouraged me to do the program. I honestly have never been so scared. I know it seems silly but I was afraid and even cried about giving up my foods and my comfort for the last few years. However, I knew this might be my last chance to lose the weight and get my life back. So I accepted the help and I was determined to stick to the program.
On January 16th, 2017 I started Nutrisystem. It was really really hard at first. There were many days that I felt like I was starving and my stomach was growling. Many days I wanted to just give up and eat a candy bar. However, I knew that I would never get my life back if I didn’t stick to this program. So I stuck with it. Before I knew it I got used to eating less and not having any sugar. It was really helpful that the Nutrisystem food tastes great and I was able to get my sweets fix from the Nutrisystem snacks. Before I knew it the program was like second nature. I didn’t even have to think about it anymore. Believe it or not, it was working too. The weight just kept coming off. First 10 pounds, then 25, then 50, before I knew it over 100. I couldn’t believe it. In fact, there was once I went to the doctor’s office just to check that my scale was working right and that I weighed the same on her scale because I couldn’t believe it. It seemed like Nutrisystem was the perfect program for me.
Over the past year, I have managed to lose almost 160 pounds. My blood pressure is now normal again. I can wear jeans again which was a huge thing for me. I kept trying on all my clothes from when I lost weight before and now they are beginning to fit again. It’s an exciting time. The biggest accomplishments though is that I can walk again. I can go to the grocery store and not have to use the wheelchair cart. I don’t have to avoid places that I want to go because they don’t have somewhere to sit down. I can go to my kid’s school functions and be involved in class parties and events again. I can go on a date night with my husband again. I am no longer having panic attacks every time I leave the house, in fact, I leave the house every day now several times a day. Nutrisystem has given me my life back.
So when I discussed continuing the program with staff at Nutrisystem I was beyond excited to know that they want to keep helping me reach my goal. It still seems overwhelming to know that I still weigh 360 pounds which are still considered morbidly obese even after losing 160 pounds. However, I have never been more convinced that I can and will reach my goal. Nutrisystem works for me and makes losing weight easy for me. It will probably take me another year at least to get to my goal but I will get there. I can’t image how much better things will get but I can’t wait to find out either. Things can only get better. My goal is to lose 350 pounds and be at 175 pounds by the end of this journey. I will continue to share my progress and I hope that you will continue to follow me as I work my way through it.
If you are struggling with your weight and trying to lose weight or contemplating starting a program I hope you will see my journey as proof that if I can do this, then so can you. I was in the worst and darkest place I have ever been and I managed to find my way out of it. It’s all thanks to a chance that I got from Nutrisystem. For me, it was Nutrisystem but no matter what you try to do something to get your life back. It’s worth it.
Here’s to another year of hope, weight loss, and getting my life back!
Read my entire journey here.
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