Starting Weight: 255
Current Weight: 182
Member Location: Wisconsin
Member Since: August 2012
Ms. Philips This month, our Member Spotlight celebrates Ms.Phillips, known throughout the community for her inspirational blog and can-do spirit.
A long-time athlete, Ms. Phillips’s took a hit when some health issues sidelined her—and her weight began adding up as a result. But with perseverance, a positive attitude and a little help from Nutrisystem, she’s already lost 73 lbs.*—and is well on her way to being the athlete she once was.
You were a pretty serious athlete before you had to take a time out due to health issues. How did Nutrisystem work for you when you couldn’t really exercise?
“Nutrisystem was a godsend. At 255 lbs., and with a completely atrophied leg from knee surgery, there wasn't a ton I could safely do. The biggest challenge to exercise was letting go of the person I used to be. Competitive swimming was a huge part of my life from the time I was 6. I needed to accept that I wasn't that person anymore—and that it was okay. So I started out slow, beginning with physical therapy for my leg and walking a half mile with my dog and husband. Through the support of the blogs and the boards on the Nutrisystem website, I have built up to doing Insanity. As the weather warms up, I will get back into hiking, kayaking and hopefully backpacking.”
You’ve been a pretty active blogger since you started the program back in September of 2012. What is it about blogging that inspires you?
“At first I sought out the blogging community for the support. Being able to reach out to others helped me realize that I was not alone, and allowed me to see myself for the strong, resilient woman that I am. I don't post my own blogs as much now; I prefer to hop on and offer words of encouragement and support for others who are new to Nutrisystem and may be struggling. I am where I am because of the support I received in the community, so I like to try to give back in any small way I can.”
As a math teacher, your students see you almost every day throughout the school year. How have they reacted to your weight loss?
“My students have been some of my greatest cheerleaders and critics. Students who have had me in previous years stop by my room to remark on how tiny I am. My first hour class often comments on how certain outfits are too big and baggy or make me look good. I work on a reservation in the unhealthiest county in the state of Wisconsin, so I feel blessed to share my experience with my students. I keep my Nutribears on my computer, and the students congratulate me when I get a new one, then start bugging me when it's been a while (I can't wait until that stupid 70 pound bear shows up in the mail so I don't have to hear about it anymore!).”
Is there anything that you’re looking forward to doing now that you couldn’t before the weight loss?
“We’re taking a school trip to a ranch where they have zip lining. I am TERRIFIED of heights, but I am going to do it. Also, my husband and I are going to the Scottish Highlands this summer. I am very excited to run up and down the countryside. I just hope my husband can keep up!”
People around here obviously count on you as a great source of inspiration. Will you continue to be a part of the community even after you reach your goal?
“I definitely plan to stick around after I reach goal. I wouldn't be where I am today if other members hadn't stuck around to pay it forward. My favorite NSV (aka non-scale victory) is when I can help or inspire others to improve their life. Anyone can do this. You are beautiful. You are powerful. And we are all here to help and support you along the way. All you have to do is ask.”
*Results not typical. On Nutrisystem you can expect to lose at least 1-2 lbs. per week.
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