Weight Loss

Week 10 on Nutrisystem #NSNation

Today (September 15th) is the beginning of my 11th week on Nutrisystem. I have started to get a little more serious about my weight loss, and am doing things a little bit differently…starting this week.

Any weight loss that I’ve currently accomplished has been due strictly to what I am eating and drinking. To catch up anyone who is new to my story, I’ve lost a total of 8 lbs. in the first 10 weeks. I’ve struggled with giving up soda, fast food, and favorite sit-down restaurant meals. I have a cheat meal every now and then to keep myself sane–and from having a full out binge.

I’ve always been a late riser, so my day begins by feeling guilty for not getting up sooner. Perhaps if I had, I could have cajoled myself into going for a light jog or a fast paced walk–sans child. Instead, I wake up, head downstairs, make my daughter oatmeal, go back upstairs, wake up daughter, come downstairs, feed daughter, make my own breakfast.

Now my routine is a bit different: set alarm for 7:30 a.m., hit Snooze when the alarm goes off, scramble out of bed for workout clothes, eat part of my breakfast, go to the gym with Dania, do Cardio for 20 minutes, do machines, stretch, and get home to make my daughter oatmeal, go back upstairs, etc.

Yes, I’ve taken a small leap: I joined a gym. Temporarily. Dania somehow acquired a couple of free one-month passes to a gym that is located between where we each live. From my townhouse, it takes us about 10 minutes to get there. It’s actually slightly further than the Gold’s Gym where I once worked out. Obviously my good intentions 5+ years ago didn’t pay off, or I wouldn’t be sitting here typing this post.

So the idea is to work out in a gym for one month, and avoid the sales pitch for becoming a full-fledged member. It’s a small gym, but it has everything we need for a full workout. Unlike Gold’s Gym, absolutely everyone who works there is certified as a personal trainer. I like this very much. I also like that the trainers don’t walk around and disturb the members who are working out, trying to sell them on signing up with a trainer. That was a huge annoyance of mine when I was trying to work out at Gold’s. (I actually did have a trainer, though. And it was annoying to have to go through the sales pitch while sweating unattractively on an elliptical.)

This particular fitness center is month by month, so I wouldn’t have to sign any kind of contract. That’s a huge plus! The part where they lose me is that if I want certain other perks, the membership fee goes up. If I have the base plan, it’s $14.95 a month. Ok, great; that’s completely affordable. But if I should need to tote my toddler with me to the gym for their “free” childcare, I’d have to be bumped up to the $39.95 per month plan. In this small way, the child care at Gold’s Gym is better. They charge a fee per hour, and then I’m determining how often I make use of this and how much extra it will cost me. I don’t like that childcare costs are tied up in the membership cost. As much as I’m enjoying this fitness center, they completely lose me at their enrollment fee of $199.99. Um, why? Why would I be charged $200.00, if the plan is month by month? It has to be paid upfront, and for anyone with a small monthly spending budget, this is a huge hit to take in one month.

So I’ll be using the month pass, and then I’ll be moving on–either to another gym where we can acquire a trial pass, or to the comfort of my own living room. There’s been this DVD I’ve been trying to work up the nerve to try again…but it’s intimidating.

Another option is signing up for Jillian Michaels workouts again. I received a free month of those, and did pretty good for a while. The workouts are HARD–but they took me two hours to complete. When I get closer to my goal weight and it becomes harder to get rid of the weight, I may sign up for a month or two just to give myself that needed boost.

Sadly, I didn’t lose a full pound this week; my cheat meal was at Olive Garden, and it threw everything off for me. Even though I took more than half home as leftovers and only ate one bread stick, I felt completely bloated and full for about 2 days after eating there.

Last week’s weigh-in was at 142.8 lbs. Today’s weigh-in was 142.6 lbs. I’m very glad I didn’t gain, but wish I had lost at least half a pound. I leave for L.A. a week from Saturday, and would love to shed 2 more lbs. by then, to earn my first Nutribear and to also hit that 10 lb. milestone.

Here are the rest of my measurements:

  • Waist: 31 inches
  • Hips: 38 inches
  • Thighs: 22 inches
  • Chest: 36 inches
  • Upper Arm: 11.5 inches

Take control of your life and learn how to lose weight while eating healthy on Nutrisystem. All it takes is one phone call to 1-888-853-4689 or a quick visit to their website.

*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.*


Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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