Welcome keeneyes to the Member Spotlight—she rocked her 50 lb.* weight loss goal and is full of smart tips and motivation for other members.
From becoming captain for the Nutrisystem Biggest Loser challenge to training for a 5k race (and then a 10k race!), keeneyes realized that her trim-down transformation meant more to her than just losing the weight—read on to hear her inspirational story and the tips she shared with us!
Congrats on surpassing your goal! Do you have a special reward planned to celebrate your success?
"I can't wait to get some new dresses, a new bathing suit and a new pair of jeans! I'm also signing up for some local 5K races; I love the camaraderie and the feeling of achievement I have when I cross the finish line. That's a huge reward for me."
How did you first get started with Nutrisystem Biggest Loser?
"The Biggest Loser challenges are the result of a lot of hard work from a lot of wonderful people. They have evolved over time and the challenge itself is one of the best! What first attracted me to the challenge was the title: No Bit$hin', No Complainin', Just Doin'. I was at a point in my weight loss journey where I had about 10 more pounds to lose and I wanted to be around people who were serious about their weight loss goals. No drama, no whining, JUST DO IT! I thought a little competition would be good for me; the extra push that I needed."
What are some of your favorite weight loss "wins" along the way?
"When I started my first Biggest Loser challenge, I also started the Couch to 5K app for running. Part of the challenge is to meet a minimum number of exercise minutes every week, so this was great for me. Not only did I run a 5K, but I ran two more after that and a 10K last December. My Nutrisystem friends cheered me along the way! In the second challenge I made it to the Top 10 Loser list, which was pretty cool-and of course, the best was reaching my goal the very last week of my first challenge as a captain of the Red Team (GO RED!). Not only did I lose those 10 pounds, I lost 10 more and at 45 years old, am probably in the best shape of my life."
Did your Biggest Loser experience impact your own journey?
"The competition gave me the motivation I needed to keep at it with my weight loss journey. When you have a team of people depending on you to show up every week, you want to do your best. You want to feel a part of the team and succeed with them. I learned about new foods, new exercises...and now that I hit goal and am in maintenance, I want to give back to others. So many people from past competitions have been so nice. Just a simple 'way to go!' in your inbox does wonders for your confidence."
Did you have any challenges? How did you get through them?
"I think for many people there's a stall after about three months and 20-30 pounds. They get busy, they get bored, they get too relaxed-I was no different. After a few false starts, what really helped me was reaching out to the Community. First, I started blogging. Through that, I met a few people with similar interests and stories that inspired me. That gave me the motivation to continue. I also participated in an exercise challenge on the forums with a few other moms and we formed a friendship and accountability with one another. That was huge. As we continued to exercise and push each other, more weight started to come off and I broke through that barrier."
What have you learned about yourself in working toward your goal?
"I've learned that I'm stronger than I think I am, that I CAN do this, and I WILL continue to improve myself. No more beating myself up and no more yo-yo dieting!"
Can you share your top tips for someone just starting out?
"Stay 100% on plan, track what you eat and get your water in! One of my Nutrisystem friends posted something on her page that I thought was very true: 'A year from now you will have wished you started today.' Learn from your past (how you got here in the first place), but don't dwell on it. Take it one day at a time, and if you screw up, get right back at it the next meal. Get up and move every day. When I first started, I was just walking 30 minutes a day. Make the time to take care of yourself. If there's one thing I've struggled with, and have heard over and over, it's 'I'm so busy, I don't have the time.' Hey, we are ALL busy. I am a wife, a mother of school aged children, a daughter, a friend. I work full time. You just have to make the time. It's work, it won't happen overnight-but it will happen if you invest in yourself. Slow and steady wins the race, right?"
*Expect to lose 1-2 lbs. per week on Nutrisystem. Weight lost on a prior Nutrisystem® program.
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