Two days ago, a very large box was left on my front porch. It was an order I placed last week and I was very anxious to receive it. So my news: after a very long debate with myself, I took the plunge and ordered a month of Nutrisystem.
I think most moms out there can definitely appreciate the want to look & feel better about ourselves. As much as we may not like it, having babies changes our bodies in so many ways. After my 1st child, my stomach was covered with stretch marks, my thighs grew into tree trunks and my boobs never quite looked in the same direction. After my 2nd child, I ended up with large calf muscles and a lovely pouch of belly skin that never did bounce back like it did the first time around. To top it off, losing that baby weight is definitely a lot tougher than it looks for some.
To add to this, I am getting married in September. I had set a goal last year that I would be at my pre-kid weight by the wedding but I am still almost 30 lbs away from that goal. So now it’s crunch time. I need to get serious and I need to do make a commitment to myself. I want to be that good looking mom, who even in a t-shirt and jeans looks like a million bucks.
I am definitely a “program” type person. I need that guidance and the support. I have been on two programs over the past 2 years: South Beach & Weight Watchers. I really enjoyed aspects of both of them but they both require a lot of meal planning. When I started South Beach I was on mat leave so I had a lot more time to properly plan, grocery shop, and prep my food. When I started Weight Watchers, part of the appeal was that it was still real food but I eventually became annoyed with the points counting and again, the time needed to plan and prep your food. Losing weight isn’t rocket science. It is for the most part just eating less and moving more but that can prove to be more difficult than it sounds as so many of us know. I have come to the conclusion that I really need someone else putting together my meals.
So this is where Nutrisystem has come in. I have always been intrigued by the idea that the food is right there for you to grab & go. Yes, you do still have some prep. The food they send you is the main dish. You still need to add sides like fresh veggies, fruit & dairy. That, I can handle.
Now I admit that Nutrisystem is very expensive and if I had to pay full price, I would probably not be doing it. At full price it works out to about $13 a day. If you go on auto-delivery, you do save some money and end up around $10 a day. If you are like me and find that a little too expensive, I have 2 suggestions for you. First, I highly recommend checking out The Shopping Channel. They occasionally offer Nutrisystem as a Show Stopper at a reduced price compared to the product website. Plus, you can split the payments over the month so that it’s not a big blow to your pocketbook upfront. My second suggestion is to check local classified ad’s such as Kijiji & Craigslist. People are often selling full & partial orders of Nutrisystem food.
Today is day 2 – so far so good! I was shocked that the food so far has turned out to be decent. It’s not 5 star dining but it’s edible and satisfying. For lunch I had the cheese tortellini which I would compare to Chef Boyardee in taste. As my side I had a veggie salad with a hard-boiled egg. It’s surprisingly a lot of food. Of course, we’ll talk again in a couple weeks and see if I still feel that way. Ha!
Another perk is that there is an app for your phone so you can log what you ate. It’s not necessary to log your food but they suggest for at least the first week or so you do it. It’s a good way to make certain you are eating enough food, plus if you are interested it tells you how many calories you’ve taken in.
So wish me luck (and lots of energy to get my butt back to the gym). I will definitely do a full review once my first month is completed if anyone is interested. I am typically very open about my weight loss efforts so please feel free to ask any questions you might have about this or the other 2 programs I’ve done. 🙂