Announcing Our Nutrisystem “Couples Challenge” With MomStart!

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As members of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel, Jai and I will be receiving the Nutrisystem program free of charge in order to share our honest opinions with you. Always consult with your physician before embarking on any weight loss or exercise program.

One year ago this month, Jai and I wrapped up our 11 month stint on the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel, losing a combined 86 pounds. It was a truly life-changing experience, and the changes stayed with us after we integrated back into “Real life” – I was still losing weight 2 months afterwards, and noticed how my appetite for small portions stayed the same months after finishing Nutrisystem – it really was a whole alteration of our lives! Jai and I did overall pretty good maintaining our progress last year; we hit a snag in December when we both got struck by a horrible flu, and have literally been sick back-to-back-to-back ever since; I’m actually deathly sick with yet another cold as I write this, so it’s been a really rough cold season. We’ve picked up some bloat from this nonstop sickness disruption, so it’s the perfect time to put on the “Emergency brake” and get back to normal with this fun Nutrisystem “Couples Challenge” that we are excited to announce! We’re teaming up with our friends Louise and Andrew over at MomStart to do Nutrisystem together over the coming months. They’ve never experienced Nutrisystem before, so we’re excited to share our tips with them as “Old-timers” and have the wonderful support of doing the program with others in the NSNation!

We’ll be posting weekly updates over on MomStart.com as well as sharing our monthly update videos here on Contest Corner. We’re excited to whittle down the last of our weight loss goals, and I feel like we’re in a great place to do Nutrisystem again because we have the experience of knowing what the first few weeks are like, how it feels during the middle of the program, and what to watch out for when transitioning off the program; my main takeaway since finishing Nutrisystem last year is that it’s really important for my health to get more sleep. We’re extremely excited to re-join the Nutrisystem family – one of the best things about it is that this diet is not deprivation, it’s a gift! I can eat delicious muffins, ice cream, and not have to cook or do much grocery shopping; and I lose weight and feel awesome. Does that sound like hardship to you?!

Head over to MomStart to check out our first Couples Challenge post, and stay tuned for our monthly video updates!

Women’s Yoga Fitness Pants Giveaway – Ends 04/09

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Pants provided for review!

Recently, I was invited to check out 13Deals.com and select an item for review. 13Deals offer all kinds of items, from apparel to housewares to toys. With the weather warming up, I’ve been thinking how I need a few extra pairs of workout pants that I can wear for hikes and outdoor exercise, so I decided to try out a pair from their store. And one Contest Corner reader will win their own pair of Women’s Yoga Fitness Pants from 13Deals, so read on!

These Women’s Yoga Fitness Pants retail for $8.99 with free shipping and are currently available in medium and large; small and extra large are sold out. There was no sizing chart that I could find, so I decided to go with a large, since that seemed like a pretty safe bet. The color selection is random; I received black with a hot pink waistband – my favorite colors! I thought they looked really cute.

Yoga Fitness Pants

When I tried the pants on, I observed that the sizing definitely runs on the smaller side. The pants were very tight, especially around my calves and thighs, to the point where I wouldn’t really be able to flex enough to workout in them. They were comfortable enough to wear out and about under a dress, but the waistband was ill-fitting because of the pants being too small on me, so it slid down quickly. I wore these on four different occasions, and determined that they just slip down too much for me to be able to comfortably wear them, since I don’t want to have to pull my pants up constantly. They did, however, look very cute and I got compliments on how I looked in them:

Beeb wearing Women's Yoga Pants

I laundered these pants 4 times, washing on cold as directed. The fabric is a very thin Nylon/Spandex blend, and I noticed a lot of loose strings to cut off prior to the first wash. Because of the thin fabric and the fact that the size was just too small for me, two small holes ripped in the fabric where the waistband meets the pant. Obviously, tight pants are going to have the tendency to do that. ;) I think if I’d had an extra large, they would have worked out better.

The pros of these pants are the cute colors and low price; the cons are that the sizes run small and the fabric is thin. For more information, you can click here to visit the 13Deals product page.

Giveaway Time!

Want to try these pants for yourself? One winner will receive a pair of Women’s Yoga Fitness Pants in their choice of size:

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Our Weight Loss Journey: Month 2 After Nutrisystem

As members of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel, Jai and I received the Nutrisystem program free of charge in order to share our honest opinions with you. We were not required or compensated to write this post – we just figured our readers would be interested in a follow-up! Always consult with your physician before embarking on any weight loss or exercise program.

As promised, we are continuing to share our journey two months after transitioning off Nutrisystem. Here is our post-program update for month 2, including our weigh-in and thoughts:

Beeb’s Weigh-In – Two Months After Nutrisystem:

Beeb's Weight - Two Months After Nutrisystem

Starting Weight: 164.5 lbs
Final Weigh-In on Nutrisystem – April 20th, 2013: 128.8 lbs
Weight Two Months After Nutrisystem – June 22nd, 2013: 124.2 lbs

Beeb’s Measurements – Two Months After Nutrisystem:

Beeb's Measurements - 2 Months Post-Nutrisystem

These measurements compare our final day on Nutrisystem with our measurements this week. We had to use a different measuring tape this week that was a little less accurate, but you get the idea. ;)

Jai’s Weigh-In – Two Months After Nutrisystem:

Jai's Weight - 2 Months After Nutrisystem

Starting Weight: 217.5 lbs
Final Weigh-In on Nutrisystem – April 20th, 2013: 166.4 lbs
Weight One Month After Nutrisystem – June 21st, 2013: 169.4 lbs

Jai’s Measurements – Two Months After Nutrisystem:

Jai Measurements - 2 Months Post Nutrisystem

This is a big month for me – not only have I lost an additional 4.6 pounds since finishing Nutrisystem, but I have now officially crossed the 40-pound mark, having lost 40.3 pounds since beginning my journey last year. Yeah! Jai has also done well maintaining his progress – as you can see, his measurements are pretty much right at what they were on our last day of Nutrisystem two months ago. His weight is 3 pounds up from our final weigh-in, which I think is a reasonable fluctuation considering the variables with water weight and so on; and we’ve been keeping an eye on our progress all month so we are aware of how we’re doing overall. And honestly, if we can maintain our progress this month? We can do anything! ;)

Yes, it’s been a chaotic month, to say the least. I feel like I’ve been living out of a suitcase because honestly – I have! I’ve been doing some last-minute business traveling with even more coming up this week; and when I’ve been home, I’ve been living with a torn-up kitchen thanks to our renovations. Food preparation has been extremely challenging, and there has been more eating out than normal due to me traveling; not to mention, we’ve had a HUGE workload which has made dealing with day-to-day things more daunting. And yet, we made it through! Jai finished the kitchen as a surprise while I was in Wyoming – stay tuned for more on that this week! – so once this next week of travels is finished, I’m looking forward to having a kitchen and the ability to cook again! That will make eating healthy a lot easier.

Despite the obstacles, I think we’ve done OK for food this month. We were invited to a few family dinners before my trip, and I really noticed how now, when taking food, I underestimate how much I think I’ll be able to eat. As my stomach has shrunk, it’s helped to curtail that feeling of “Your eyes are bigger than your mouth”! I felt like I ate a lot on my Wyoming trip, so I was wondering how that would affect my progress, but it ended up being fine – perhaps all the walking I did on the trip balanced it out! I wouldn’t normally have eaten as much as I did, but since I was only there for a short period of time and we had so many activities packed into each day, my only opportunity to sample all the different foods was to sometimes eat when I wasn’t that hungry – and there way no way I was passing up garlic fries with a jalapeño burger. ;) During my time in the airports, I made an effort to eat on schedule, keep hydrated and eat reasonable portions.

Jai has really embraced these new eating habits, and I’ve really noticed how he is sticking to regular meal times and keeping in mind reasonable portions day-to-day. It has been a true life change for him, since he’s never eaten like this before, and I am grateful for the opportunity we’ve both had to get in better health and do what we can to avoid conditions like diabetes.

Exercise has pretty much gone out the window this month, which has affected us both negatively. We’re having to put our gym memberships on hold due to budget and a lack of time, so once I’m done with this last round of hectic travels, I’m looking forward to coming up with a daily in-home workout routine that we can maintain. Trying to work full-time while completing one of the most extensive remodels in the home has pretty much taken every spare second we’ve had, but it’s sort of an unusual circumstance since we won’t be doing renovations every day after this – thank goodness!! ;)

We’ll be back with another fitness update next month, so you can continue to follow our progress. Also, I will be attending FitBloggin’ 13 in Portland this week, so if you will be there, please let me know so I can say “Hi”!

Our Weight Loss Journey: Month 1 After Nutrisystem

As members of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel, Jai and I received the Nutrisystem program free of charge in order to share our honest opinions with you. We were not required or compensated to write this post – we just figured our readers would be interested in a follow-up! Always consult with your physician before embarking on any weight loss or exercise program.

After reading our final Nutrisystem post last month, I know many of your were curious as to how we’d handle the transition back into “Regular” food and what we’d do to maintain the weight loss. We wanted to continue sharing updates on our progress on a monthly basis, so you can see how the results hold up in the “Real world” along with sharing what we learn and our tips for others getting ready to transition. So without further ado, here is our weigh-in after one month transitioning off Nutrisystem:

Beeb’s Weigh-In – One Month After Nutrisystem:

Beeb's Weight - One Month After Nutrisystem

Starting Weight: 164.5 lbs
Final Weigh-In on Nutrisystem – April 20th, 2013: 128.8 lbs
Weight One Month After Nutrisystem – May 19th, 2013: 128.2 lbs

Beeb’s Measurements – One Month After Nutrisystem:

Beeb's Measurements - One Month After Nutrisystem

Jai’s Weigh-In – One Month After Nutrisystem:

Jai's Weight - One Month After Nutrisystem

Starting Weight: 217.5 lbs
Weigh-In on Nutrisystem – April 20th, 2013: 166.4 lbs
Weight One Month After Nutrisystem – May 21st, 2013: 168.8 lbs

Jai’s Measurements – One Month After Nutrisystem:

Jai's Measurements One Month After Nutrisystem

So after transitioning off Nutrisystem for one month, I have lost another .6 pounds and Jai has had a slight gain of 2.4 pounds. His water weight tends to fluctuate in the 160s as his body adjusts to being in this weight range again, but we’ve both been monitoring our weight throughout the month and felt comfortable with it staying overall consistent.

We began the transition off Nutrisystem first by replacing the NS breakfasts with our own meals, then the lunches. We still have quite a few Nutrisystem dinners left – I’d say around 2 weeks worth – so it’s been nice to ease back into our own food in a more gradual way. Transitioning off the program has actually been easier than I expected in many ways – the hardest part is probably just making the time to go shopping again, since I was spoiled by 11 months of not having to prepare food. ;)

As I mentioned on Super Coupon Girl recently, I decided to go easy on myself and stick with pre-prepared foods for the first month or so. With the kitchen remodel looming, I quickly realized that attempting to cook a huge batch of freezer meals in a torn-up house was a really bad idea. Instead, I opted to buy granola bars on Amazon as replacements for our breakfast and lunch bars. I like these because it was easy to find bars roughly around the same portion size as our NS entrees, and there is zero cooking involved, which will be important when the kitchen is completely out of commission. Also, our work schedules have been very different this month, with Jai needing meals he can eat on the go several times a week.

Once we replaced the Nutrisystem lunches and breakfasts, we realized how seamless the rest of our routine was. We’re already used to buying our own PowerFuels (Protein snacks for the morning), SmartCarbs (A carbohydrate snack for the afternoon), and veggies, so buying granola bars has been the only real change in our routine. I’ve really noticed how seamless it is to go back to “Normal” life from Nutrisystem, because you already have such a consistent routine established.

The primary change we’ve made is regarding the Nutrisystem desserts. We could easily replace those with some lo-cal snacks, but knowing how tempting that would be, we decided that it really wouldn’t be a good idea to stock up on cookies and cakes. Instead, we replace the dessert with a SmartCarb or popcorn, which has been working out well so far. I feel like we are surrounded by desserts anyway, since we are always offered them when we visit friends and family, and I often get snacks mailed to me for review; so it’s not like I have to go far out of my way to replace them anyway, you know? ;)

The other big change this month is that – gulp – we haven’t worked out at the gym for a month. This has been a really difficult month for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that we’re finishing up our remodeling projects while simultaneously working on one of the biggest business projects I’ve ever undertaken. You’ve already gotten a peek at some of the new sites I’ve launched, and there are several more planned. There has been a lot going on behind the scenes to make Contest Corner better than ever and to increase the efficiency with which we can bring you great giveaways; when we roll out the launch of these improvements next month, you’ll see why it was so much work! :D In addition to these, both Jai and I have been working really long hours and taking on extra work, and since our schedules are different now than they were last month, it’s made it hard to adjust and find the right slot for working out. I’m giving myself a break because really, my routine is going to be thrown off until we get the remodeling done anyway, so I’m doing my best just to keep up with everything in the meantime. Jai and I have been going for walks whenever possible and I’ve been staying active around the house, so it’s not like we’ve just been sitting around, but I know we would have built more muscle tone if we’d been able to do more exercise this month – hence the gain in our measurements!

For us, realistic, long term changes are about keeping our priorities straight and doing as much as we reasonably can when we can. For us, keeping on top of our eating habits has been the first priority. I almost feel like my small amounts of extra time have gone towards shopping for food rather than hitting the gym, and that’s OK for now. By keeping our eating habits stable, we maintain our progress even when we’re not as active.

We’ll be back with another post next month to update you on how we continue with our weight loss & fitness goals!

Now I Can – $40,000 Nutrisystem Contest

Now I Can - $40,000 Nutrisystem Giveaway

As members of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel, Jai and I received the Nutrisystem program free of charge in order to share our honest opinions with you. Always consult with your physician before embarking on any weight loss or exercise program.

As we shared with you two weeks ago, Jai and I completed our journey on Nutrisystem and joined the ranks of their success stories with a combined 86 pounds lost. Have you or a friend also lost weight and met goals through Nutrisystem? Then listen up: Now through May 22nd, Nutrisystem is hosting the “Now I Can” $40,000 giveaway! Eight individuals will be chosen in four different weight brackets to take home a $5,000 prize. So whether you’ve lost 10 pounds or over 100, Nutrisystem wants to hear from you! One male and one female winner will be chosen in each category. Jai and I will both be submitting our stories under the 34-66 pounds lost category!

To enter, simply click here and log in to your Nutrisystem account. You will be prompted to provide your starting and ending weights, as well as an essay and your before & after photos.

If you enter, I’d love to hear your story! And if you haven’t gotten a chance to try Nutrisystem yet, don’t forget that you still have a day left to enter my very own 7-day breakfast sampler giveaway!

Nutrisystem Giveaway: Win a 7-Day Breakfast Sampler – Ends 05/06

Nutrisystem SUCCESS

As members of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel, Jai and I received the Nutrisystem program free of charge in order to share our honest opinions with you. Always consult with your physician before embarking on any weight loss or exercise program.

For the last 11 months, you’ve followed our Nutrisystem journey and shared your support and encouragement. After 316 days, Jai and I have dropped a combined 86 pounds, 13.9 BMI points and 55.7 inches. It’s been an amazing journey that far exceeded both of our expectations! So I am thrilled that in celebration of our achievements on the program, we get to host a giveaway where one lucky Contest Corner reader will win a 7-day sampler of some of Nutrisystem’s most popular breakfast items. So many of my readers have expressed interest in the program and asked us what the food was like, so I’m very excited that one of you will have a chance to taste-test some of the menu items! Jai and I ate all of these items very frequently over the last 316 days – it’s hard to pick a single favorite, but the ooey gooey cinnamon roll was right up there for both of us! YUM!


Prize Details:

Nutrisystem 7 Day Breakfast Sampler

One lucky Contest Corner reader will win a “Breakfast of Champions” 7-day sampler containing the following items:

(1) Homestyle Pancakes
(1) Garden Vegetable Omelet
(1) Turkey Ham and Cheese Omelet
(2) Breakfast Burrito
(1) Golden French Toast
(1) Cinnamon Roll

Please review the contest rules below for important eligibility details. Entry is easy via the Rafflecopter form!

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Rules, regulations, and other important stuff: Giveaway is open to residents of the continental United States, 18+, and ends on May 6th 2013 at 11:00 PM PST. Winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter the following day and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond to our notification email, or a new winner will be chosen in their place. Nutrisystem employees and their family members are ineligible. Must meet eligibility requirements to be on Nutrisystem; Prizes are provided by Nutrisystem based on program eligibility. No cash value. We are sorry, but P.O. boxes and APO/FPO addresses are not eligible to win. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Pinterest. We hereby release Facebook and Pinterest of any liability. By entering this giveaway, you are releasing Facebook and Pinterest and understand that you are providing information to Contest Corner and the giveaway sponsor, not Facebook or Pinterest. Contest Corner is not responsible for late entries or entries lost due to technical malfunctions. Please see our Privacy Policy and Disclosure for further details on our site’s policies.

Our Final Nutrisystem Results: 86 Total Pounds Lost!

Beeb & Jai's Final Nutrisystem Results!

As members of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel, Jai and I received the Nutrisystem program free of charge in order to share our honest opinions with you. Always consult with your physician before embarking on any weight loss or exercise program.

After 11 incredible months, we’ve reached the most exciting part of our weight loss journey: Sharing our final Nutrisystem results with you!

Beeb’s Final Weigh-In:

Beeb: Before and After Nutrisystem

Beeb's Weight - Day 1Beeb's Weight - Day 317

Starting Weight: 164.5 lbs
Goal Weight: 110 lbs
Final Weigh-In: 128.8 lbs
Total Weight Lost: 35.7 lbs
Total BMI Points Lost: 6.1

Beeb’s Final Measurements:

Beeb's Final Measurements

Beeb in a Swimsuit: Before & After

Summer 2012 & Spring 2013

Beeb - Now & Then!

Jai’s Final Weigh-In:

Jai: Before and After Nutrisystem

Jai's Weigh - Day 1Jai's Weight - Day 317

Starting Weight: 217.5 lbs
Goal Weight: 158 lbs
Final Weigh-In: 166.4 lbs
Total Weight Lost: 51.1 lbs
Total BMI Points Lost: 7.8

Jai’s Final Measurements:

Jai's Final Measurements

Jai - Now & Then!

Our time on this program has been more incredible than either one of us could have imagined – we have learned so much and gone so far during our time on Nutrisystem. I’ve linked up all of our previous posts below, so you can see how far we’ve come and check out all of our thoughts, tips, and strategies:

Introduction: We’re Joining The Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel!
The Beginning of Our Nutrisystem Journey: Day 1
Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3
Month 1 Recap
Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7
Month 2 Recap
Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11
Month 3 Recap
Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15
Month 4 Recap
Week 17 | Week 18 | Week 19
Month 5 Recap
Week 21 | Week 22 | Week 23
Month 6 Recap
Week 25 | Week 26 | Week 27
Month 7 Recap
Week 29 | Week 30 | Week 31
Month 8 Recap
Week 33 | Week 34 | Week 35
Month 9 Recap
Week 37 | Week 38 | Week 39
Month 10 Recap
Week 41 | Week 42 | Week 43
Month 11 Recap

And this is by no means the end of our journey – although our official time on Nutrisystem has come to an end, we will continue to share monthly weigh-ins & recaps with you, sharing our insights on the process of transitioning off Nutrisystem and maintaining our progress. I’m sure everyone is wondering what life off the plan is like, so we are eager to share how we plan to keep these healthy habits going and continue to maintain and make additional progress. We also have a super special giveaway for one of our readers to win a 7-day Nutrisystem breakfast sampler, so click here to enter that!

THANK YOU, NUTRISYSTEM!!

Thank you, Nutrisystem!

And thanks to our friend J for snapping our “After” photos!

Nutrisystem SUCCESS

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Take advantage of their online support forums & community and join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting Nutrisystem.com.

Wrapping Up Our Eleventh Month on Nutrisystem

As members of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel, Jai and I will be receiving the Nutrisystem program free of charge in order to share our honest opinions with you. Always consult with your physician before embarking on any weight loss or exercise program.

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 11 months on the Nutrisystem program. So much can change in such a short amount of time!

Beeb & Jai: Nutrisystem, Day 311

Beeb’s Weigh-In:

Beeb's Weigh-In - Week 44

Starting Weight: 164.5 lbs
Week 44 weight: 129 lbs
Total Weight Lost: 35.5 lbs
Goal Weight: 110 lbs

Beeb’s Measurements:

Beeb's Measurements - Month 11

Jai’s Weigh-In:

Jai's Weigh-In - Week 44

Starting Weight: 217.5 lbs
Week 44 Weight: 169.8 lbs
Total Weight Lost: 47.7 lbs
Goal Weight: 158 lbs

Jai’s Measurements:

Jai's Measurements - Month 11

*Note: Jai weighed in on Saturday this week, while I ended up weighing in on Sunday.

This week, I lost .4 pounds and Jai had a slight fluctuation up of .2 pounds. Last week was a blur of taxes, paperwork, appointments, work, work, work, painting, and trying to navigate my torn-apart house with the couch in the kitchen and no chairs while we renovate. It’s been an adventure, to be sure. ;) It has been hard for us both to try and keep at a normal schedule during such chaos – it’s hard to eat normally when you’re trying to prepare food in a construction food, and the exhaustion from all the work and stress has made me more prone to over-eating. I was reviewing some gummy-bear type chews last week, and let’s just say, I reviewed several bags of them, along with some other off-plan moments for Jai and I both. Honestly, it’s hard to stick to eating at regular times all through the day when your schedule is erratic, but this is just temporary while we deal with a lot of big headaches all at once. And that being said, even when I’m not eating ideally on Nutrisystem, I’m still losing weight and making progress – if this we had tackled this insane laundry list of projects this time last year, we would have been ordering pizza every day instead. Really, if we can keep progress up during bad times, that’s the true indicator of sustainable success – this isn’t the first time we’ve been overwhelmed, and it won’t be the last!

The workload this week pretty much tanked our workout schedule, but we did get to the gym 2 days last week, which is better than nothing. My knees are doing FANTASTIC and I actually made some huge progress last week – I was able to ease into a lot of things I haven’t been able to do since the injury, including hanging onto a balance bar as I practiced a low squat and kneeling down. Friday was the best workout I have gotten since my injury – I was able to do hang upside-down off one of the benches to do sit-ups, something I wouldn’t have attempted even a few months ago. In April 2012, I had to stop and take breaks just while walking due to the pain and swelling in my knees. Just being mobile again is the greatest joy to me – being able to perform athletically on top of that makes me so incredibly happy. As I continue to regain flexibility, I’ll be able to start doing things like jogging again – my goal is to be able to run on the beach this summer. I’m really excited to start getting muscle tone back and see how my body will tone up and change and the months go on!

As of right now, we have one full week left to go on Nutrisystem, after which point we’ll be transitioning into preparing our own food again. With the amount of Nutrisystem food that we have left, it will scale: For the first week or so, it’ll be homemade breakfasts with Nutrisystem lunches and dinners; then it will transition into homemade breakfasts and lunches with Nutrisystem dinners for a few weeks, after which point we’ll be managing it 100% on our own. Managing portion size and coming up with a good meal plan on my own are really the final step in our journey. We’ve already radically changed our relationship to food, so taking the “Training wheels” off and doing our own healthy freezer cooking will help us piggyback on our Nutrisystem success and keep the momentum going.

There will be inevitable ups and downs. There are weeks on Nutrisystem when everything goes crazy and I eat an extra dessert or some snack that became available. There will be times like this off of Nutrisystem, too. The difference now is that we have worked really hard to address the core issues that cause overeating for us, which all boils down to our schedules. Having the burden of meal prep and shopping pretty much taken care of by the Nutrisystem allowed us incredible freedom and provided us with the extra time and structure needed to make these crucial changes, from getting more sleep to keeping to regular meal times to carving out time in the workday to go to the gym or otherwise be active. In today’s world, finding the time for all of these things is becoming really, really difficult, and I can honestly say that Nutrisystem made all the difference in the world. I mean, imagine all the time you’d save not having to cook for 11 months!

Doing Nutrisystem hasn’t just changed our weight, health, and self-esteem; it’s also led to huge changes in our approach to work and life, and improved our emotional state of being and stress levels. Are things perfect? Of course not. But the huge changes we’ve made have been consistent. Now, when I have a crazy week at work where everything that can go wrong does, it throws me off for 1-2 weeks as I slowly fight to course correct and get back to a more regular schedule. In the past, one off week seemed to spiral and spiral into months of chaotic scheduling. What makes the difference here? FEELING the difference. Doing the healthy things doesn’t turn your whole life around in one month, or even three. You see obvious benefits, but the core problems that we face – lack of time from work and other commitments – tend to override our personal health. But after 11 months of consistency, of sticking to a program, having a meal plan that was ready for us 24/7, the change has spilled to all areas of my life. I can think better, work more productively, have more energy, sleep better – EVERYTHING is better. For me, this was crucial in breaking this cycle, and is going to be the most important part when transitioning off Nutrisystem. In the past, I would go through phases of working hard to make healthy freezer meals, which would inevitably get dropped in favor of fast food after a while because I didn’t have time. But now that I see how much more work I get done when I take better care of myself, I literally don’t have time NOT to take care of myself. Eating well is just a business decision at this point. And yes, I realize how incredibly sad it is that it comes down to “I earn more money when I take care of myself”, because that’s not how it should be. We should take care of ourselves because hello, HEALTH! But I’m just being realistic here. With so many of us caught with tough decisions to make financially and on the personal front, we often feel no choice but to sacrifice our own needs temporarily..and sadly, that temporary state quickly becomes permanent.

Sometimes I say to Jai, “I wish we could have done Nutrisystem when things weren’t so crazy.” This past year has been so chaotic, and my goodness, the last 3 months have been nuts. I’ve had a hard time keeping on top of things diet-wise the last few months with my house torn apart by renovations, and we’ve had triple-whammies in every category, from work to huge projects to doing taxes to preparing to renew my green card to AUUUGH! I think anyone would be having a hard time keeping afloat at this point. In a way I feel like this is the worst timing for ending Nutrisystem because I’m not even going to have a kitchen in a few weeks when we start painting that room. But then I remind myself, this was actually the PERFECT time to do Nutrisystem, because this is the time in which we needed it most. Sure, it would have been quicker to lose weight on the plan if everything had been calm, but if my life were ever calm, I wouldn’t need a diet plan would I?!

I’m sure it will be a big adjustment and I expect to see some fluctuations in weight the first month off Nutrisystem (Especially with no kitchen). But the nice thing is, Nutrisystem will always be there when we need it. I think it’s important for us to prepare our own meals for a while and deal with those challenges to really cement the good habits we’ve built, but if it becomes too much what with the renovations and other insanity, we don’t have to worry – we can always resume Nutrisystem as needed while we work out the kinks in our plans. Jai and I have a hard limit of no more than 10 pounds gained before taking action – it’s not like we’re obsessed with the number or anything like that, but we both know how QUICKLY weight will start to pile on, especially hot on the heels of a big weight loss, and I don’t want to gain 30 pounds back in one month because I let it slide. If we gain 10 pounds, that’s a sign that we need to pull the Nutrisystem emergency brake and address a problem in our habits. And even if everything goes absolutely perfectly? I still know that we’ll go back on the program again on the future, just out of CONVENIENCE! It’s so nice to know that there’s an option available for busy work periods or times of crisis when cooking becomes really difficult. I’m really going to miss not having to cook every night! ;)

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Nutrisystem Week 43 Weigh-In

As members of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel, Jai and I will be receiving the Nutrisystem program free of charge in order to share our honest opinions with you. Always consult with your physician before embarking on any weight loss or exercise program.

It’s our 43rd week on Nutrisystem!

Beeb’s Weigh-In:

Beeb's Weigh-in - Week 43

Starting Weight: 164.5 lbs
Week 43 weight: 129.4 lbs
Total Weight Lost: 35.1 lbs
Goal Weight: 110 lbs

Beeb’s Measurements:

Beeb's Measurements - Week 43

Jai’s Weigh-In:

Jai's Weigh-in - Week 43

Starting Weight: 217.5 lbs
Week 43 Weight: 169.6 lbs
Total Weight Lost: 47.9 lbs
Goal Weight: 158 lbs

Jai’s Measurements:

Jai's Measurements - Week 43

Last week, I lost .4 pounds and Jai had a gain of 2.2 pounds. Although he had this fluctuation up, two pounds is well within the range of water weight so it’s not a big concern on one-week basis, and he and I are both just thrilled to be in new weight ranges – the 160s for him and 120s for me. These are big milestones for us both!

This was a “Holiday week” with Easter, so our eating was “Off” for a few days as we enjoyed Easter candy. One of the most powerful things about being on a program like Nutrisystem is that it makes it possible to keep up good habits for so long that you actually feel the difference. For example, after eating too much Easter candy all day, both Jai and I noticed that we felt kind a bit gross/sick to our stomachs, sluggish, tired, and a little mentally hazy. This actually makes you look forward to eating a regular, healthier meal later and makes you enjoy doing something active – that’s what makes the long-term difference, because when you can feel what a difference it makes, you make time for it. Intellectually, I knew that I felt awful from the way I ate and that it wasn’t healthy, so none of this is news; however, you don’t feel a difference right away when you start taking care of yourself, which is what makes it hard to keep up. I’ve spent plenty of time in the past making healthy freezer dinners, working out, and so on, but with the time investment required to do all of those things, it’s hard to keep it up if you feel like you can’t justify it. You can eat healthy for a few months and still feel lousy; it takes several months of consistent effort and weight loss until you really start to feel the benefits like having more energy, sleeping better, feeling less sickly, and so on. That’s what is so wonderful about Nutrisystem – since it’s done all of the hard work for me, it’s made it possible for Jai and I to stick it out and get to a point where we feel a million times better. Now that I can see how much more productive I am at work and life because of caring for myself better, I will make the time to take care of myself because the results are clear. Yes, working out or cooking healthy foods may mean less time for extra work projects, but the increase in focus and productivity pays for itself, period. I couldn’t have known that until I had the opportunity to live this healthier lifestyle for so long, and Nutrisystem’s time-saving made that possible. Obviously, taking care of myself is what I SHOULD do regardless of how much better I can perform at work, but I’m sure most people reading this can relate to the sacrifices we feel forced into making in order to build a career and take care of our responsibilities. If that’s you, then I would like to offer the encouragement that you will be more productive from taking time out to care for your body – it just won’t be an overnight shift. That’s where Nutrisystem made it possible for Jai and I to continue healthy habits even while under duress with work and life.

And speaking of “Under duress”, oh boy, does that ever sum up this week. We are on the home stretch of our decade-long home renovations, which means we are tackling three of the main living areas. At the moment, my living room is completely empty for painting (Which was delayed by running out of paint unexpectedly), so my couch is in the middle of the kitchen next to my oven, and my kitchen table is hidden behind the entertainment center in my office. After all, when you renovate one room, the stuff has to go somewhere! Not having normal areas to sit, eat or put things away has put us under some understandable stress, but it is all more than worth it to take care of much-needed projects and cover up this ugly, 20-year-old paint.

In addition to the house discombobulation, I wrapped up some massive work projects last week, so it was just full-on in terms of my overall workload. It’s hard to really maintain a normal routine when things are this chaotic, because my schedule has been so off. I only got to the gym twice last week, and since we also had some “Non-program” food come in relating to other projects, we found ourselves eating off-plan more than intended. If a bag of spicy cheddar popcorn shows up on my doorstop when I’m exhausted, I can’t guarantee that I won’t eat it! ;) Jai also went to the store for me to get PowerFuels & SmartCarbs since I couldn’t get there, and he may or may not have brought home some butter for popcorn while he was there. ;) I think (Hope?) that this week will be a little easier on me schedule-wise, since it’s hard for me to get all my PowerFuels and SmartCarbs in when my schedule is all over the map, and that makes it hard for me to resist snacks like popcorn in the evening. But on the plus side, we’ve developed such good habits from Nutrisystem that even when we are indulging, we’re still doing it with a mind towards sane portions and overall intake. For example, if I’m eating a chocolate bunny from my Easter basket, I will choose to skip something like my Nutrisystem dessert. It’s still got way more calories/fat/sugars/etc than the Nutrisystem portions, so it’s not a “replacement”, but the point I’m making is that I try not to “Double-up” and eat large quantities even when I treat myself to something. I’m so grateful to have experienced Nutrisystem for such a long period of time and through a variety of holidays, since I feel like I have all the tools I need to know how to deal with regular life – holiday gatherings, chaotic schedules, parties, and the like. Success is not about eliminating all temptation – since I believe that is virtually impossible – but rather, about managing it in a sustainable way.

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Nutrisystem Week 42 Weigh-In

As members of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Panel, Jai and I will be receiving the Nutrisystem program free of charge in order to share our honest opinions with you. Always consult with your physician before embarking on any weight loss or exercise program.

Jai and I both hit big milestones this week – and NO, this is not an April Fool’s prank! ;)

Beeb’s Weigh-In:

Beeb's Weigh-In - Week 42

Starting Weight: 164.5 lbs
Week 42 weight: 129.8 lbs
Total Weight Lost: 34.7 lbs
Goal Weight: 110 lbs

Beeb’s Measurements:

Beeb's Measurements - Week 42

Jai’s Weigh-In:

Jai's Weigh-In - Week 42

Starting Weight: 217.5 lbs
Week 42 Weight: 167.4 lbs
Total Weight Lost: 50.1 lbs
Goal Weight: 158 lbs

Jai’s Measurements:

Jai's Measurements - Week 42

Jai and I both have a lot to celebrate this week! Jai weighed in at 167.4 pounds, which brings him to the 50 pounds lost milestone, while I lost .2 lbs and officially moved into the 120s, clocking in at 129.8 pounds. This is a huge milestone for me, since it’s been several years since I’ve been in this weight range, which for me represents the beginning of an “Athletic” weight, if you will. I feel my most physically fit between the 110-120s range, so I’m celebrating the fact that I have come so far and gotten so healthy in such a relatively short amount of time – in June of 2012, I weighed 164 pounds, was overweight and was still struggling to get around with my knee injury. Now I am at a normal, healthy weight and just working on being more fit and athletic. This was the impossible dream less than one year ago!

And for Jai, hitting the 50-pound milestone is obviously a huge deal! He hasn’t been this weight since he was a teenager. I am so grateful that we have gotten the opportunity to do Nutrisystem together, because it’s profoundly changed the way he thinks about food. For me, I grew up eating small portions at regular times, so Nutrisystem was intuitive to me – as I’ve said before, it’s what I’d do for myself if I had the time! But Jai isn’t used to eating this way, and was always more the type to skip breakfast and eat larger meals. When he had lost weight in the past, it was from eating nothing but salad (!), and it was kind of hard for him to relate to this way of eating because it wasn’t something he’d really done before. By having a set plan to follow and a planner and online journal to help him remember what he was supposed to be doing, it’s completely changed how he thinks about food. It’s hard to make changes like eating breakfast when you’re not hungry, and the temptation to crash diet is always there, but once you do something like Nutrisystem for a few months, you realize how it’s paid off and, for Jai, it was a whole attitude change towards eating. All I care about as his fiancé is his health, and I was getting worried about him for a while. When my knees were shot and we were both ordering takeout a lot, Jai was so exhausted he could barely keep his eyes open. He’s have to take naps throughout the day and his ankles were starting to swell. With his family history of diabetes, I was really worried that he was going to develop the condition himself. The change in his health, energy levels and activity is amazing since he started Nutrisystem! And in the last year that we’ve been on the program, two members of his family have suffered heart attacks, so I am more grateful than ever that we’ve had the chance to lower some of those risk factors for Jai.

This last week was extraordinarily hectic, so our schedules were all over the place. It’s hard to stay on plan and get all your PowerFuels/SmartCarbs in when you’re up until 1 AM doing taxes, so Jai and I just did our best to hang in there and do what we could realistically. Besides skipping those extras, my off-plan moments included a few fish fillets and and extra dessert here and there (OOPS! This is why you have to eat your SmartCarbs!). But thank goodness that week is over, and I’ve stocked up on groceries and salad supplies so that I’ll be prepared for the stable pace of this coming week. I did OK with my water intake and Jai did great – his weight gain last week really did end up being all water weight. It’s finally starting to warm up here, which makes it way easier to drink all our water.

We made a herculean effort to get to the gym whenever possible last week, but did have to skip some nights due to pressing deadlines with taxes and the like. Jai and I were both painting the living room, and man, I’m always surprised by what a good workout painting really is. You don’t really notice it at the time, but my back sure reminded me later. ;)

It’s been a great week for us on Nutrisystem, and I can’t tell you how grateful and happy I feel going into spring and summer. I can walk properly, I can workout, Jai and I are both a million times healthier, and we’ve lost a lot of weight in only 10 months – but in a sustainable way. We’ve learned so much about ourselves and where our trouble spots are, and how to restructure our approach to various situations. Starting with one small, easy change – eating Nutrisystem food – has gradually paved the way for us being able to make changes in other areas of our life. I think the most important thing to remember about losing weight and getting active is that you don’t have to lose anything. I’m not eating “Diet food” and feeling deprived, I’m eating tasty food and still living my normal life, complete with parties and family time and enjoying my aunt’s Easter bunny rolls. I’m not working out because I “Have to” and hate it, I’m being more active because it makes me feel better and improves how much sleep I can get. All of these changes have made Jai and I feel profoundly better, both physically and mentally – more energy to handle work and life, more clarity of thought, better sleep, less snoring, more mobility, more strength – there is no going hungry while I weep over a carrot stick. This is real life, and it’s ENJOYABLE! You don’t have to be some fitness nut to get results – you can still be you and have fun!

Week 42 has been awesome – on to week 43 on Nutrisystem! :D

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