Nutrisystem Giveaway! Win a 7-day supply to kick start your weight loss! #NSNation

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You guys have seen my successful weight loss with the help of Nutrisystem, and I am so grateful for your support and encouragement along the way. I still have trouble putting into words how happy I am to have had a second chance at a healthy life thanks to Nutrisystem. I spent 25 weeks on the program, and I lost 38.2 pounds! Read all of my weekly Nutrisystem posts here. I catch myself looking at that picture a few times a day. It's like I'm reading someone else's story, or seeing someone else's before and after shots. Sometimes I still can't believe that I did it! I'm blown away by how much Nutrisystem helped me, and I want to share the love! Curious to see for yourself how Nutrisystem works? I want to see you be successful, too! So I'm hosting a giveaway where you can win a 7 DAY SUPPLY of Nutrisystem! Here's a look at exactly what you'll receive: There are so many of my favorites in that list! Three Cheese Pasta with Chicken, Rotini with Meatballs, Blueberry Muffin, Granola … [Read more...]

Nutrisystem Week 25: What a difference 25 weeks makes! Progress Photo Update! #NSNation #spon

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I usually talk about a specific Nutrisystem food that I'm currently digging, but I wanted to highlight an oft overlooked part of the Nutrisystem plan -- the foods that you add in yourself. Each day, you've got to make the right choices when it comes to your meals. Nutrisystem makes it easy in that they've got great food that's easy to prepare, but to make your nutrition complete, you add in Power Fuels (egg, cheese, meat, yogurt --- proteins) and Smart Carbs (fruits, whole wheat bread, crackers -- carbs that are, well, smart!). Additionally, you eat 4 cups of veggies a day! It really helped that I could adjust my power fuels and smart carbs to fit my cravings. Need a sweet fix? Have an apple. Craving crunchy, salty things? Crackers! Eaten everything for the day,but need to nosh? Carrots. It's a flexible plan that you can make fit your life, and it works. My Nutrisystem Transformation I still can't believe that just under 6 months ago, I was in a place of desperation and … [Read more...]

Nutrisystem Week 24: Sometimes, I really amaze myself! #NSNation #spon

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I want to highlight the new foods that you can get on Nutrisystem! With the new year, Nutrisystem rolled out a ton of new food choices, and they look absolutely amazing. I'm sad that I wont be able to try these new goodies since next Wednesday will be my last Nutrisystem weigh in! With foods like Cinnamon Streusel Muffin, Turkey Sausage and Egg Muffin, and Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast, you wont feel like you're dieting! That looks so amazing! While my mother in law was in town for the holidays, she saw and tried some of my Nutrisystem foods. She ended up signing up for the Women's Core plan! She really loved the convenience of the bars for breakfast and lunch. She's a cosmetologist, so she's at her salon often. It'll be great for her to toss into her bag and head out the door! I can't wait to see how she does. Right now, Nutrisystem is 50% off, so she got a great deal! Recovering from Christmas Remember last week in my video update, I told you guys that I gained … [Read more...]

Nutrisystem Week 23: Holiday Junk Food Hangover #NSNation #spon

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I know that I have it really easy living in Arizona, and our "winter" is nothing in comparison to those in the midwest and northern states, but it's flippin' 37 degrees out right now. That, my friends, is too dang cold. Thankfully, Nutrisystem has a delish Hearty Beef Stew to keep me toasty warm! It's the perfect cold weather food, and you can do it without blowing your diet thanks to the perfect portion sizing of Nutrisystem! Oh. My. Christmas. Like I said on Facebook this morning, there's just something cruel about having to weigh in the day after the fat man comes (and hey, I *had* to eat those cookies to keep up the Santa facade!). Yesterday I ate a ton of crap, and boy did I regret it this morning. We had a great time, and it was fun, but it's time to buckle down and get a move on. I ate at least one of all of these yesterday. Uh, helloooo calories. It was yummy, but boy do I wish I would've knocked it off after about the second (...or third) cookie! Video Update! I woke … [Read more...]

Nutrisystem Week 22: Finally. A Run! #NSNation #spon

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I've revived one of my long-time favorite breakfast foods -- the Double Chocolate Muffin! It's so. good. Especially when you microwave it for about 10 seconds. The chocolate chips inside of it get nice and melty, and it is kind of reminiscent of a chocolate lava cake! Have you guys noticed a recurring theme? I love breakfast, and I love chocolate. So this is basically my holy grail right here. Delicious, and easily tossed into my bag if I'm out and about! Twas the week before Christmas, and cookies were made... ...and dieters were wary -- would they behave?  My mom came to our house this weekend! She surprised us with a visit, and the kids didn't know that she was coming until we picked her up at the airport. The looks on their faces were priceless! As a kid (and still to this day!), my mom would make what she calls "edible Christmas cards" -- a plate FULL of cookies, sweets and treats for her friends, neighbors, and family. Peanut Butter Blossoms, chocolate covered … [Read more...]

Nutrisystem Week 21: Keep On Rollin’ #NSNation #spon

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We are pizzaholics, there's no doubt about it. If I could eat pizza for lunch or dinner every day, I would. I'm personally a pepperoni fan, but I'm always game for fancier pizza toppings. Andrew is loving the Margherita Pizza! It's a fresh frozen lunch selection, and it's delish! It's great to be able to eat pizza with our kids, and know that it's on plan! Yum! Well that was tougher than I thought it would be! Remember when I told you last week that I bought myself a bike and bike trailer for Christmas? I went on my first major ride this week! I loaded up Micah and Maisy into the trailer (about 55 pounds worth of kid!), and set out on a 6 mile route. It was cool enough to warrant a long sleeve workout top, too! So there's me before the ride (I look like a cranky pants! I'm not, promise!) and me after the ride. If I look like I'm about to pass out, it's 'cause I was. OMG. I severely underestimated how hard it would be to pull that trailer! I live at the foothills of a mountain … [Read more...]

Nutrisystem Week 20: Careful with the slippery slope…#NSNation #spon

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Get jealous. When was the last time you had chocolate cheesecake, and it was on your diet plan? Never? Well take a peek at what I have defrosting in my fridge right now... That's my own little slice of heaven, waiting for me to finish dinner and enjoy it in little bites to make it last as looong as possible! I can't wait to try it! I'm loving these new frozen treats. Recognizing a slippery slope I feel like it started around Thanksgiving. I enjoyed my Thanksgiving dinner, but then the leftovers lingered. It's been like a slow snowball effect...a pop tart here...a meal out there. It seemed mostly harmless, but I could see my weight loss slowing, and my appetite increasing. I've worked so long and so hard at getting my cravings under control, so it's really hard to see myself giving in to them more often than I should. And of course, the cycle is vicious --- I'm upset because I'm overeating, so I grab more food. It's seriously such an addiction, and it's difficult because it's not … [Read more...]

Nutrisystem Week 19: I survived Thanksgiving and LOST weight! #NSNation #spon

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I've been enjoying some new breakfast items lately! You know those chewy granola bars that your kids eat? Ooh, I could probably go through a box in a sitting if I wasn't careful. Nutrisystem has their own (super yummy!) version! Meet the Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bar! I save them for those days when I know that I'm just going to need chocolate. I can't think of a better way to kick off my day than with some sweet chocolate! I survived Thanksgiving. Someone make me a t-shirt! Oh man. When you're on a mission to lose weight, you know that the most caloric day of the year is going to be tough. I thought I had it totally under control, and that I'd be prim, proper and practice restraint. I wasn't totally perfect, but I did okay! On Thanksgiving, I pretty much didn't have time to eat breakfast. I knew that if we didn't have the meal on the table by 11:30, our kids would eat us alive. I know better than to mess with three kids' schedules! So we woke up, watched a little bit of … [Read more...]

Nutrisystem Week 18: Well that binge wasn’t pretty :(. #NSNation #spon

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We got a new shipment of food in this week, and due to Hurricane Sandy causing outages and whatnot, I received a few different Nutrisystem items this month! I am eagerly awaiting the perfect moment to eat a Red Velvet Whoopie Pie. O.M.G. I. can't. WAIT! Going up in flames. This week. Man. Let me just be real. It sucked the big one. I've been hormonal, but my food issues started out innocently enough. We've been really busy this week, and we were often out and about around meal times. First, we had Whataburger for lunch. I got a burger and fries --- my first fast food in MONTHS. It was delicious. I decided that it was okay to have eaten it. After all, it was one meal, and I hadn't had it in forever. Two days later. We're out and about around lunch time again. I get fast food, and eat a burger and fries. AGAIN. Oy. It was good, but now I'm starting to feel guilty and I KNOW I shouldn't be eating this junk. Then yesterday. I don't know what the deal was. I ate a frozen … [Read more...]

Nutrisystem Week 17: 7 Mile Last-Chance Workout + Video Update! #NSNation

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I've been favoring my pantry meals lately, but the other day I ventured back into my freezer to see what Nutrisystem meal I should have for dinner. I was so excited to see a package of Ravioli Formaggio hiding in the back! It's one of my favorites, so I have no idea how I missed it before. It always feels like so much food! I put all of my food on to real plates, too, so that makes it feel a little bit fancier :). Accidently Awesome Last Chance Workout Yesterday morning, I took Emma to school as usual, and when we got home, I could hear a hissing sound. After dismissing not-that-irrational thoughts of a snake being in my garage, I deduced that it was the front passenger tire going flat. UGH! Emma is only in school half a day, and so that left me with very little time to figure out how I would pick her up. Enterprise Rent-A-Car wasn't able to pick me up until later afternoon, and Andrew has to commute in to work this week -- he normally works from home, but he was an hour away … [Read more...]