Nutrisystem Challenge: Month 3


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.

Can you believe that we’re already wrapping up the third month of the Nutrisystem? Click here to head on over to MomStart and see our latest weigh-in, measurements, and hear how our summer is going so far!

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Nutrisystem Couples Challenge: Month 2


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.

June marks month two of our Nutrisystem “Couples Challenge”! Jai and I are toning up, getting more energy, and feeling really physically good in general! Click here to visit MomStart to read more about what we’ve been doing!

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Nutrisystem Couples Challenge: Month 1


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 month one of our Nutrisystem “Couples Challenge”! In our video recap above, we discuss our chaotic April, where we’re at right now and what our goals for May are. Check it out and read more details over on MomStart!

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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.