Meet Debbielala, a fun-loving runner who, despite slim-down setbacks, got back on the weight loss wagon to reclaim her health and happiness!
Read this positively perky weight loss warrior's story below for a healthy helping of inspiration.
What jumpstarted your weight loss journey?
"I had gained back all of the weight I had worked so hard to lose years ago, due to the fact that I was in a bad relationship. I wasn't dealing with any of the relationship problems, so I began to eat badly and stopped working out, and the weight just came back.
I think my 'slap in the face' came when I was shopping and, at 5'2", had to buy size 18 shorts. I was embarrassed about how I looked, and mostly ashamed of myself. I knew I needed help and I knew that Nutrisystem could help me."
How did you feel when you first reached the 50 pound weight loss milestone?
"I felt amazing, and I still do! I will be honest; I put on a few pounds over the holidays, so I'm working hard at getting rid of them. But I am still so proud of myself for starting this journey, working the plan, and sticking to it. I just love it!
I was wary [about joining a weight loss program] because I had ulcerative colitis, and was afraid that any new kind of diet plan would throw me into a full-on attack. But, I am proud to say that since I've been on the program, not only have I lost 50 pounds, I have not had an ulcerative colitis attack. And, I've never felt better in my life!"
To what do you attribute your weight loss success?
"I have a lot of willpower. When I decided to move forward with the plan I said to myself, 'It's all or nothing!' The plan is easy to follow, and that made it easy to succeed. I owe so much to Nutrisystem for helping me stay on track and stay focused. I have a crazy busy life and I am always running around. The plan is so easy because I can just grab-and-go. I'm never hungry and I'm always satisfied at the end of the day with the food I have eaten.
I also read the Daily Dose (DD) every day and "click" my clicks. I read other members' comments on the DD. I look to the blogs for member opinions, comments, or advice on different issues with weight loss. [These features are] so helpful because you don't feel alone in the journey!"
What healthy hobbies have contributed to your success?
"I was never really a runner. As an adult, I would start jogging over the years, but never stuck with it long enough to see results. When I started Nutrisystem, I decided that just as I was going to stick to this plan, I was going to stick to jogging. I started a walking/jogging routine for half an hour a day. Then I started jogging more than walking and soon after, I was up to half an hour of straight jogging. This turned into 45 min of jogging, and now I am up to one hour a day! I run in my neighborhood, and my neighbors and people I don't even know always cheer me on as I run past them. It's pretty cool and inspiring when you hear 'you go girl,' and 'keep it up; you look amazing.' Very, very cool!"
How do you cope with slim-down slip-ups?
"I've come to the realization that eating smart is a way of life. It's not just a road you go down to lose weight, but the road to take for life. So if I gain a pound or don't lose anything for a few days, I say to myself 'It's ok, stay on plan. You know it works and you can do this!' I've learned to not be so hard on myself... but I do have to keep myself in check!"
You have a great attitude! What's your secret?
"I am positive and upbeat because I know that Nutrisystem works for me! I have seen what I can do being on the plan, and I am excited to reach my goal. I have a ways to go, but knowing that it is reachable is what keeps me going. I don't feel like I'm on a diet, I feel like I'm on a road to success that I have not yet accomplished and that pushes me harder to get there."
What have you learned about yourself through this journey?
"I've learned that I can do anything I set my mind to; that you are never too "old" to lose weight; and that if I can follow the plan and make it work, anyone can!"
What would you tell someone just starting out on Nutrisystem?
"I would say what my good friend said to me when I started this journey: Just start the plan and before you know it, you will be down five pounds; then you will be down 12 pounds; then you will be down 25 pounds; and so on. He was right—just stick to the plan; it works. You CAN do this!"
*Expect to lose 1-2 lbs. per week on Nutrisystem.
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