Fatty becomes Former Fat Girl!

In my very first blog on this site nearly a year and a half ago I passingly & jokingly called myself Fatty (with some minor criticism).  I’m writing this blog entry to introduce the new me…  Former Fat Girl!

I’ve taken on a new identity and started a new blog with my thoughts and tips on being thin in today’s world.  I invite everyone to come check it out!

Confessions of a Former Fat Girl

<3 Shannon

If you’re still there…

So I know it’s been like a year since I’ve posted anything to this blog.  (Reference my previous post about not keeping house plants :D)  Today is my 40th birthday, and this was my big day that originally started me on this weight loss mission in the first place.

I’m happy to say that in the last year I have lost 75 pounds!  When I started this blog I weighed approximately 240 pounds, and over the holidays (not exactly the best time of year for weight management) I’ve been hovering right around 165.  I started in a size 22/24.  Today I’m wearing a size 12, and have a couple pairs of 10’s that I can wear also.

I know it sounds cliche, but I really do feel so much better than I did before.  I know hubby is happier because my mood is better, not just from eating healthier but also because I feel better about myself & I don’t want to cry every time I look in the mirror.  Nutrisystem has really changed my life for the better.  I’ve never regretted ordering.  I’ve never regretted the money I’ve spent.  It’s worth every penny and I’ve learned enough that if they went out of business today, I still wouldn’t have to worry about my weight ever again.

Now, I don’t have the body I’ve dreamed of.  Years of my weight yo-yoing and just the fact that I’m 40 and don’t really use lotions or creams, I’ve got extra skin.  I look great in my clothes, but out of clothes I look like a smaller version of what I started with.  I am seriously considering a tummy tuck and possibly a couple of other procedures to finalize the process.  I figure I’ve put this much time/money/work into myself, why not have the total package?  It’s going to take a couple of years to save up for it.  I’ve found a surgeon in town I like, but I’m also considering a medical vaction for the procedure.  It’s at least two years off, so I have some time to mull it over.

Anyway, I just wanted to put out there that this is possible.  The stories you see on magazines & TV are real.  The people are real, the stories are real, the weight loss is real…  I’m real.  I’ve done it.

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There’s a reason I don’t keep house plants…  I’m all happy and attentive with them at first, then I get caught back into my regular routine and they usually die.  :(  Poor plants.  Unfortunately that seems to be what’s happening with this blog too.  But the good thing is that I’m creating new routines and I’m not blogging as much because I’m cooking healthy food!!!

Speaking of cooking healthy food, I want to share a recipe I came up with over the long weekend, but first I have to tell you why I needed to create this recipe in the first place…  Friday was an inclement weather day for us.  In other words, roads were iced over and nobody knew how to get across town to go to work.  So hubby and I went to my in-laws to have a family breakfast with them and the kids.  Not knowing what food they had on hand I grabbed both a breakfast and a lunch entree.  Fortunately hubby was making eggs, so I got a protein serving in too.  We went to the mall for a while after that and didn’t end up getting back home until about 3:30, at which point I was tired and took a nap.  I didn’t wake up until almost 6.  Now, on Nutrisystem you’re not supposed to go more than 4 hours without eating, except overnight.  That, plus the fact that I still had add ins from breakfast & lunch plus my full dinner, a snack and my dessert…  I had a LOT of eating to do.

Even if you didn’t know this about me before it probably won’t be a shock to find out that I’m just not a veggie person.  So when I found myself confronted with the fact that I had to have 4-5 servings of veggies on top of all of my other food I almost gave up and skipped them all for the day.  But then I had a brilliant idea…

A few days ago I picked up a few cans of low sodium V8, since 4 oz can count as 1 veggie serving.  I drank a can on its own and it was terrible, but I thought…  maybe I can use it as a soup base!  Which is exactly what I did!  Last night I used a NS grilled chicken breast entree, a couple of baby portabellas, about half of a zucchini, some garlic powder & garlic salt and a bit of Tobasco…  suddenly I had 4 veggie servings PLUS my entree sitting in front of me in a bowl.  It turned out so good I made it again today with a frozen chicken breast (counted as 2 protein servings).  I looked at it before I took a bite and wasn’t thrilled about eating the same thing again, but after I did take a bite I didn’t care because it was so tasty!!!

And before I go, for anyone who’s keeping track, to date I’ve lost 17.8 pounds.  Part is due to medication my doctor put me on this week, but I don’t care…  my jeans are getting big!!!  Glad I saved a few pairs that I “outgrew!!!”

4 week weigh in – No I haven’t died of starvation!

I realize I’ve been terrebly neglectful of this blog lately.  I really apologize for that.  Part of that is due to the fact that I just haven’t had time to do much of anything on a computer outside of work.  The other part of that is that I’m finding myself addicted to the Nutrisystem website…  sooooo much information to absorb!  Although you may be happy to know that I’m starting to get to a point that I’m reading articles and posts and thinking, “Oh, I knew that already.”

I’m guessing (or at least hoping) that you are curious about how my weight loss has been going.  Today marks my 4th weigh in since beginning Nutrisystem 4 weeks and 1 day ago.  My result…  I’m down 9 pounds from my sign-up weight, which makes me down 11.6 pounds from my actual starting weight! 

(For my sanity, from this point forward in my blogging I’m only going to use my sign-up weight to calculate differences since it’s plastered on my NS home page.  If you really want to know the grand total, add 2.6  :-))

What am I learning on Nutrisystem?  What types of foods I should be eating and when and in what quantities.  My tastebuds are totally re-programmed.  I’m actually tasting the sweetness in my fruits and vegetables because my tastebuds aren’t skewed with overly sugared, over salted and overly fatty foods.  I imagine that if I ate a fast food burger right about now, I’d end up in the bathroom for the rest of the night with an upset stomach. 

Am I hungry?  Almost never!  The other night hubby asked me, “Are you eating again?”  My response, “YES!  I’m never hungry because I’m always f’ing eating!!!”

Am I motivated?  Hell yeah!  Looking around the discussion boards I see so many members who have reached their goal weight, gone beyond their original goal (!) and are maintaining their weight lower than what they originally hoped to reach.  If that isn’t inspiring, I don’t know what is.  Some of them still order NS food for ease, conveniece, flavor (yes, flavor…  some of it is really tasty) but most that do this don’t eat 100% NS all the time.  There is a program called Flex where you have 5 days of NS food and 2 days of your own.  Other people order 1 months worh and spread it over two months.  Others end up completely on their own.  I like the fact that when I’m ready, I can tailor my maintenance to what will work for me…  in a way that’s what I do now with my add ins.

Oh, the add ins.  A lot of people ask about that.  On the plan you have a NS breakfast entree, lunch entree, dinner entree and a snack.  Throughout the day you supplement this with 2-3 fruit servings, 4-5 veggie servings, 3 dairy/protein servings and one fat serving.  It does sound like a lot, but consider that I buy one bag of dried pineapple (which is usually more expensive than fresh or canned) for $2.29, and from that I get 12 fruit servings.  A 1 pound bag of carrots gives me about 8-12 servings.  The items you supplement with aren’t nearly as expensive as some people might think.  And you don’t have to have 2 salads a day, every day either (in fact I skipped my dinner salad because I was too full).

I have to say, of all the diets and weight loss systems I’ve ever tried in my life, this one has worked the best and was the only one that I was ever able to maintain (even for a little while), and that’s why I came back to it.  If you’ve ever thought about it, check out the website.  They are offering really good prices right now.  And if you should decide to give it a try, drop me a line.  I’d love to keep up with you there too.  Also, as a member I can send you a coupon for $30 off your first order.  Not trying to be pushy, I’ve just found something that’s making me happy about my weight for the first time in a very long time, and I’d love to be able to share the feeling.

Happy eating!!!

The evil “E” word

On the Nutrisystem website they have weekly goals published, much like I was trying to do on my own.  Well, week three is to incorporate exercise.

Yes, I said it!

Exercise!

I’ll say it again too…  exercise, exercise, exercise, exercise,exercise, exercise, exercise!!!!!

Gah, I’m killing my own motivation with this…  I hate freaking exercising!  I was chubby when I started school thanks to one of my best playmates, Little Debbie.  Add to it that I’m not what anyone would consider a natural athlete (dancer maybe, athlete never).  So of course I was teased and picked on in gym class.  Once got punched in the stomach by the biggest boy in class when we were lining up to go in…  I always figured it was either because he had a crush on me or because I never once made it to first base in kick ball.  We’ll assume the former.  ;-)

So what the hell do you do for exercise when you hate to exercise?  I’m talking loathe…  all the emotional programming from elementary school every time I even think about doing anything remotely athletic.  You make it into a game!  A video game to be more precise.

While I was checking out the discussion boards at Nutrisystem I discovered a 305 page thread all about this game for Wii called “Walk It Out.”  It sounded like a physical version of Farmville or something similar…  earn points for stepping in time to the music and use those points to buy trees, cars, flower beds, etc.  I looked into it and found that although it is discontinued it is readily available and only $20…  definitely not bad for a video game.

So I bought it!  I just finished my second session…  I walked 1.2 miles in 30 minutes and burned 160 calories!  It’s pretty nifty (yes, I said nifty)!  You get a walking buddy who tells you how you’re doing along the way, there are floating spheres everywhere that have the items you can buy, some have new walking paths to unlock, and every session there are 7 color spheres that create a rainbow when you collect them all (damn, now I sound like a friggin’ pokemon commercial).

Yeah, I’m excited about my little discovery here.  Just wanted to share with anyone who might read this.  As addicted as I am to Rock Band these days, this might just work out for me…  walk then rock?

Have a good one!

Happy New Me!!!

It’s the last day of 2010.  It’s been a good year…  hubby and I got a house, a new (to us) car, and in the last week and a half of the year I started Nutrisystem.

I started on the 21st and despite taking a couple days off for Christmas I’ve already lost 7.5 pounds!  In 10 days!!!  With 3 days off!!!

I’m still having issue with the dinners not tasting very good, but I did discover a section on the NS website that has recipes using the dinners and you can add veggies and other ingredients to make a completely different dish.  I’m definitely going to be exploring that over the next few days.

So, my original purpose for this blog was for tracking so I would be able to lose a pound a week up until October, when my friends and I will be having a combined 40th birthday party.  Then, when I started Nurtisystem I reset that goal to 75 pounds…  of course I gained 2.5 while I was waiting for my food to be delivered.  So if you do that math, that means I’ve got 70 pounds to lose over the next 9-10 months.  Considering I’ve lost 7 pounds in a week and a half, I think I can manage an average of 7 pounds a month.

I wish everyone reading this a very happy, prosperous and very healthy new year!

Happy 2011!!!!

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