This month's Member Spotlight belongs to Hollidaymusic, a sassy music lover whose ceaseless commitment helped her lose 113 pounds*.
She surpassed her weight loss goal and is a program pro when it comes to balancing her busy schedule while staying on track and maintaining healthy habits. We got personal with this fun fashionista and found out how this self-proclaimed "Yo-Yo dieter" went from tired to inspired.
What made you want to join Nutrisystem?
"I believed this was the system that would help me to lose the weight I had carried for almost 20 years. I have always been blessed with good health and often went for years without seeing a doctor. Then in October of 2011, I tore the meniscus in my right knee while climbing a flight of stairs. I read that this is a common injury for people who are obese. However, my primary care physician told me point blank that if I did not lose weight I would have diabetes within 5 years. That spurred me to make some changes in my lifestyle. I didn't want to live the rest of my life with obesity related illnesses and/or injuries.
In January of 2012, I saw the advertisements for Nutrisystem. Those ads stayed in my mind until I finally called on January 31 and placed my first order. I took the time to choose foods I would like and have been customizing my order every time. It's actually a lot of fun, and I enjoy trying new foods."
How did it feel to not only hit your goal weight, but to be able to set your sights on an even lower goal?
"Well, my first goal was to reach 200 pounds. When I began with Nutisystem, I felt that I would be satisfied at that weight. Well, I wasn't! So when I reached 200 pounds, I reset my goal for 160 pounds. It felt really good to be in `one-der-land' for the first time since the mid 90's.
I also found that my daily habits were changing. I was making healthier choices and was going to the gym on a regular basis. Before I knew it, 160 came and went, so I reset my goal for 140 pounds.
Now that I am at about 135 pounds*, I feel that I am at my `just right' weight/size. It feels like a `normal' weight for me."
How did the online community and/or other members' blogs help you in your journey?
"The online community was helpful once I took the time to actually to use it! I would tell any new member to immediately connect with the community through `friend requests,' reading blogs and the discussion boards on a regular basis. There are so many wonderful people sharing their weight loss struggles and triumphs, and it is reassuring when I get discouraged."
On your profile, you mention that you that you have a passion for shoes and clothes. How is shopping different now that you've lost the weight? What do you like to wear now that you couldn't wear before?
"Shoes!!! Now that I have a slim figure, I absolutely love wearing A-line dresses and pencil skirts and they look MAH-VELOUS with a matching pair of high heels. Before I lost the weight, I didn't care what I wore, how it looked or whether it fit properly. It was hard to find clothes in my size, so I just settled for whatever I could find that would fit. Now shopping is sooooooo much fun. I can go into any store and find something to wear."
You mentioned that you intend to remain an active member after reaching maintenance. Why do you plan to continue with Nutrisystem?
"Because of the convenience of having ready-made meals that are tasty, filling and nutritious. Having the Nutrisystem meals also helps me to get back on track when I've had a rough few days (birthday parties, retreats and conferences), plus it helps keep me from over-spending on fast-food or take-out food. The meal bars are particularly satisfying and convenient when I've missed lunch."
What did you learn about yourself as you progressed through your journey?
"I learned that I have lived much of my life in a fog. Often I would just sit in front of the television or the computer, staring, with no motivation to get up and do anything. If it wasn't for my faith in God, I wouldn't have had the strength to make it through the day. I was ashamed of myself, but too lazy to do anything about it.
Food was my comfort and my refuge. I was wearing a size 20/22W when I began with Nutrisystem. Now I am a size 4/6!* I have so much more energy now that I have lost weight. I also enjoy going to the gym (once I have talked myself into going). I am a believer that we all have the time to do whatever we choose/want to do. I made eating right and exercising a priority...it still is."
*Expect to lose 1-2 lbs. per week on Nutrisystem.
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