MomRN’s Nutrisystem Nation Update: Week 4/12 and 5

The past few weeks since I first started on the Nutrisystem Nation Blogging Program, I’ve been so excited about losing weight and getting healthier and fitter. It’s been great to see the number on the scale go down, feel my clothes fitting better and even having to wear a belt now with some of my pants, and just feeling better overall. But getting healthy isn’t just about losing weight or a number on a scale. It’s about looking at the overall picture and see it improving gradually, one babystep at a time.

Today marks the last day of my 5th week on the program. If you watched my video update from last week, then you know I was down 6.2 pounds a little over a week ago. I weigh in on most mornings as part of my morning routine and today I was hoping to see the scale budge, since it really hasn’t changed much since my last update. To my dismay, it reads exactly what it did last week when I did my update – still down by 6.2 lbs. Ugh. My first instinct was to get frustrated, but I had to calm down and remember that this whole journey is just that, a journey. And a journey can have ups and it can have downs, and it can have plateaus. So I’ve hit a plateau this week, despite not traveling and really trying to stick to the program to the very best of my ability. You know those contestants on The Biggest Loser, when they get on the scale and instead of losing weight, they’ve lost nothing or even gained a little. I can relate. Though fortunately I haven’t gained, it is still annoying to do what you are supposed to do and your body doesn’t show it. But it has before and I am confident that it will again.

One of the awesome things about Nutrisystem is the support you can get online and from calling to speak with a Nutrisystem counselor. So if you need some encouragement, support, or have any questions, you can turn to the Nutrisystem experts and to your fellow Nutrisystem community members day or night, 24/7, through the newly redesigned community experience. Sometimes it helps to talk with someone who has been there, done that, or is still working through it themselves.

I did finally measure myself this morning to see how many inches I’ve lost so far. Overall, I’ve lost 2.8 inches. A full inch off my hips and 1/2 inch off my waist plus 1/2 inch off my calf and 0.7 inch off the chest. Apparently that inch off the hips and 1/2 off the waist, even it doesn’t sound like much, is why my pants are getting bigger.

There is something more important than the scale and tape measure changes though and that is feeling better overall and knowing that my body is getting the nutrition it really needs. The Nutrisystem food is designed to be high in protein (so you keep and can even gain some muscle instead of losing it), low in fat (but includes the necessary amount of healthy fats), and allows you to incorporate some of your favorite foods while teaching you what kinds of foods to eat and when and the proper portion sizes. I know without a doubt that Nutrisystem has given me better nutrition than I’ve probably ever had before, not only because of the food they provide, but because it has also made me much more conscious about my food choices and helped me make healthier choices. I’m eating more vegetables and fruits than I have in a long time and drinking more water, while cutting down on soda. And on most days, I’ve been sleeping better and feeling more energetic during the day, which is a big bonus!

Tomorrow I start week 6 and I’ll update you next week on my progress. Thanks again for all your support!

Want to lose weight and get healthy on Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog. Right now there is a special offer on the Nutrisystem Family Plan so if you have others in your family that want to lose weight together with you, this is a great time to check it out!

So now it is your turn: Have you ever hit a plateau when trying to lose weight? Did it discourage you and make you want to give up, or did you push through it and keep at it? Any advice or words of wisdom?

 

FTC Disclosure: I was selected to participate in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program which includes receiving meals, support, and program materials related to the Women’s Nutrisystem Success program in exchange for my honest reviews and opinions about the program through blog posts, videos, and social media posts. I have received no compensation and am under no obligation to provide favorable reviews. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Marlo Thomas is going digital and searching for the Hero Next Door

I have always admired Marlo Thomas for her tireless efforts to sustain and promote St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which was founded by her father, the late Danny Thomas. She is one of my heroes for her support of children who are struggling with life-threatening diseases.

Now Marlo Thomas is going digital.

Join Marlo at the just-launched MarloThomas.com in partnership with AOL — a new site where Marlo will connect with and inspire women, sharing a laugh, and, most importantly, building a community of support so we can all keep dreaming and achieving!

And she wants to hear from you and tell your story – with video series such as  Hero Next Door. Marlo will find and profile amazing women – just like you.  Watch the first feature – about Lu Picard of Torrington, Conn. – and then tell Marlo about a fabulous woman you know.  Nominate a Hero now by emailing heroes@marlothomas.com!

In addition to launching MarloThomas.com, Marlo’s now on social media, too. Follow her Twitter account at @Marlo_Thomas and become a Facebook fan at facebook.com/MarloThomas.

Her active, personal participation on social platforms and her new site provides a great opportunity for two-way communication between Marlo and the community of people she has inspired over the years.

What can you expect from Marlo on MarloThomas.com, Twitter and Facebook?

·         original content – stories, posts, videos, and photos
·         great conversations, laughs and inspiration
·         observations on popular culture and news
·         entertaining clips of “Free to Be You and Me” and “That Girl”
·         galleries of celebrity images
·         family photos
·         …and a lot more

You can also subscribe to Marlo on YouTube at youtube.com/marlothomas to see new videos each week from Marlo where she will give advice, inspiration, laughs, and more.

When asked why she’s going digital, Marlo says the answer is easy. “I want to step out from behind the one-way mirror of television and have a real conversation with women,” says Marlo. “I haven’t stopped dreaming; you shouldn’t either! It’s your turn: What should we talk about together?”

This digital effort coincides with the upcoming release of Marlo’s newest book,  “http://marlothomas.aol.com/2010/08/27/growing-up-laughing/” Growing Up Laughing (available Sept. 28).