In high school, I was a skinny girl with no curves and a little stomach pooch. I weighed no more than 100 pounds, and I stayed that way until college when I slowly started to gain weight due to a poor diet. I lived on the college campus, and the food we were served was terrible. I often found myself ordering pizza or eating somewhere off campus at a local pizza joint or fast food restaurant. But I walked just about everywhere, so I was getting some exercise and didn’t see a significant weight gain. The only thing I ever really noticed was an increase in my bra size, and I was just fine with that considering I’d always been a small B-cup.
When my husband and I first started dating in our mid-twenties, we went out to eat at restaurants almost every night and frequently to movies. Nothing that we did really involved physical activity, like hiking, sports, or even just walking. We were a pair of couch potatoes. Now fast forward several years through my first pregnancy, and I am the heaviest weight that I have ever been.
At 5’3”, I’m currently 153 lbs. For my height, getting back down to 100 pounds would be considerably unhealthy. I’ve done a small amount of research on the issue, and a healthy weight for me appears to be between 120 and 130 lbs. Numbers that fall between “23” and “33” are relatively low, and I know my weight loss goals are small compared to some. But I was a skinny girl for most of my life, and I don’t know the first thing about trying to lose weight.
I had a personal trainer once, but I didn’t take it too seriously. I still continued to eat the wrong foods and drink soda. It was actually when I stopped utilizing a trainer that I lost a few pounds. This was partly due to obtaining a job that required me to be on my feet throughout my whole shift. Unfortunately, I worked in a mall, the job was horrible, and I turned to mall food for comfort. Who can, after all, resist a parmesan pretzel from Pretzel Time or a warm, gooey slice of cheese pizza from Sbarro? I certainly couldn’t. I relied on the sugar and fizz in the soda I drank during my work days to help me make it through those long, tedious shifts.
Now I’m a stay-at-home mom. Most of my time is spent curled up on the couch reading or writing. For years I’ve maintained a weight of around 153 lbs. Sometimes it goes down a little, and I’m happy. But then the numbers on the bathroom scale go up again, and I ask myself why I even bother when nothing can or will change. I saw some more positive results when I tried Jillian Michaels workouts in my living room, but the workouts took me nearly 2 hours to complete every day and it was really difficult doing this with a toddler under foot. So again I stopped.
Then opportunity knocked, loud and clear, and I found myself signing up as part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. For 4 months I’ll be documenting my progress eating Nutrisystem meals and snacks, drinking the suggested intake of water, and making sure that I get enough exercise.
I’ve seen the commercials with Marie Osmond, and I always wondered if it could work for me. I think this system is designed for people like me; it is easier for me to follow instructions and eat what I am told to eat rather than trying to figure it all out on my own. In addition to receiving meals delivered directly to my doorstep, I have access to a whole support team that will help me if I stumble, and give me the positive encouragement I need to get the weight off–and keep it off. During this process, I’ll also be taught how to choose the right foods and portion out my meals.
It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time, but for the first time in years I have something new–hope. And it’s shining strong and bright.
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*Nutrisystem is providing me with 4 months of free food and support service as part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger program. In exchange, I will be posting each week with my progress. All thoughts expressed are my own, and my experience using the system may vary from that of other participants.*