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Starting Week 42 with Nutrisystem



Did you know Nutrisystem offers maintenance plans? Weekends My Way® sounds like a great transitional plan. Gotta love it...I haven't yet reached the goal weight that I initially submitted to the NS Nation team, and I'm already looking into how I will maintain it when I do. ☺ Now that's positive thinking! For more information on any of Nutrisystem's 4 maintenance plans below, contact them at 1-888-849-4686. 
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Over the past few weeks, several friends have said they think I've lost enough weight. I've gone back and forth about whether I have already reached my ideal weight or if I should continue striving for a 50-lb. loss which was the number I gave to the NS Nation team back in March. Almost immediately after submitting that number, I started thinking it was unrealistic for me at 5'7" and, at the time, 55 years young. I think the number I submitted to my Nutrisystem Counselor a week or two later was 140. The reality is I still have a LOT of toning to do and really, another 8.2 lbs. isn't going to kill me, so I am marching on toward my initial goal. Besides, I like hearing the little voice in my head that keeps repeating "I lost 50 lbs. on Nutrisystem!"☺ Keep listening, one of these weeks, I'll be shouting it from the rooftops!



Here's a great read about facts on weight loss including exercising and the importance of eating often that I found on The Leaf. My biggest mistake in the past was not eating often enough, starving myself all day, and then eating a calorie-packed meal for dinner. 


Lost .2 lbs. for the 3rd straight week....hmmm, maybe I'm nearing the plateau I've heard so much about. That's okay, I'm up for the challenge! I will try switching up dinner and lunch this week and a few other suggestions from my Counselor, Jaclyn. Total loss so far = 41.8 lbs!

To checkout Nutrisystem's current offers, menu and various plans, visit nutrisystem.com. For delicious, low-cal recipes and weight loss tips, check out https://leaf.nutrisystem.com and connect with Nutrisystem on Facebook and Twitter

My Journey Begins ~ Starting Weight ~ 180 
Week 1 ~ Lost 6.2 lbs. ~ Weight 173.8
Week 2 ~ Lost. 1.4 lbs. ~ Weight 172.4 ~ Total Loss 7.6 lbs. 
Week 3 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 172 ~ Total loss 8 lbs.
Week 4 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 169.8 ~ Total Loss 10.2 lbs.
Week 5 ~ Lost 1.8 lbs. ~ Weight 168 ~ Total Loss 12 lbs. 
Week 6 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 167.8 ~ Total Loss 12.2 lbs. 
Week 7 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 165.6 ~ Total Loss 14.4 lbs. 
Week 8 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 165 ~ Total Loss 15 lbs. 
Week 9 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 163.8 ~ Total Loss 16.2 lbs. 
Week 10 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 163.4 ~ Total Loss 16.6 lbs. 
Week 11 ~ Lost 2 lbs. ~ Weight 161.4 ~ Total Loss 18.6 lbs. 
Week 12 ~ Lost .6 lb. ~ Weight 160.8 ~ Total Loss 19.2 lbs. 
Week 13 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 159.8 ~ Total Loss 20.2 lbs. 
Week 14 ~ Lost 1.6 lbs. ~ Weight 158.2 ~ Total Loss 21.8 lbs. 
Week 15 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 157.8 ~ Total Loss 22.2 lbs. 
Week 16 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 156.8 ~ Total Loss 23.2 lbs.
Week 17 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 156.2 ~ Total Loss 23.8 lbs.
Week 18 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 155.2 ~ Total Loss 24.8 lbs. 
Week 19 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 154.4 ~ Total Loss 25.6 lbs. 
Week 20 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 153.4 ~ Total Loss 26.6 lbs. 
Week 21 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 153.2 ~ Total Loss 26.8 lbs. 
Week 22 ~ Lost 2 lbs. ~ Weight 151.2 ~ Total Loss 28.8 lbs. 
Week 23 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 151 ~ Total Loss 29 lbs. 
Week 24 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 150 ~ Total Loss 30 lbs. 
Week 25 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 149.6 ~ Total Loss 30.4 lbs.
Week 26 ~ Lost 1.6 lbs. ~ Weight 148 ~ Total Loss 32 lbs.
Week 27 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 147 ~ Total Loss 33 lbs.
Week 28 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 145.8 ~ Total Loss 34.2 lbs.
Week 29 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 145.2 ~ Total Loss 34.8 lbs.
Week 30 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 144.2 ~ Total Loss 35.8 lbs.
Week 31 ~ Lost. .4 lbs. ~ Weight 143.8 ~ Total Loss 36.2 lbs.
Week 32 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 143 ~ Total Loss 37 lbs.
Week 33 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 142 ~ Total Loss 38 lbs.
Week 34 ~ Lost 1.4 lbs. ~ Weight 140.6 ~ Total Loss 39.4 lbs.
Week 35 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 139.8 ~ Total Loss 40.2 lbs.
Week 36 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 139.6 ~ Total Loss 40.4 lbs. 
Week 37 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 139.4 ~ Total Loss 40.6 lbs. 
Week 38 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 138.8 ~ Total Loss 41.2 lbs. 
Week 39 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 138.6 ~ Total Loss 41.4 lbs. 
Week 40 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 138.4 ~ Total Loss 41.6 lbs. 
Week 41 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 138.2 ~ Total Loss 41.8 lbs. 

Until next week...
Disclosure: In accordance with FTC regulations, I am disclosing as a Nutrisystem Nation Blogger, I am receiving Nutrisystem food in exchange for writing about my weight loss journey. Affiliate links were not used in this post nor was any monetary compensation received. All reviews are my own.

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Broadside Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is a perfect selection for an evening by the fire with friends. Tantalizing notes of rich blackcurrant, ripened black cherry, and juicy plum swirl together for a classically fine Cabernet Sauvignon. $18 broadsidewine.com

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    Starting Week 41 with Nutrisystem


    I realized on Saturday I had a major break-thru this week. I've always been a stress eater. Before Nutrisystem, whenever something went awry in my life, I headed straight out the door to the nearest drive-thru or if it was too late, stayed home and ate everything in sight. My sister and brother-in-law were in Fort Lauderdale Airport's baggage claim on Friday when the shootings occurred. It was excruciating being so far away and helpless knowing the terror they were enduring. It didn't dawn on me until the following day that I didn't start cramming food into my mouth to comfort myself when my sister called to tell me of the horror. I am so thankful they are okay and pray for the families who weren't so fortunate. I'm also grateful to Nutrisystem for giving me coping skills I wasn't even aware I had.

    Lunch with the Ladies
    This week our Bible Study group celebrated a 60th birthday for one of the ladies with a luncheon {peek-a-boo, there I am in the 2nd row on the right}. When I weighed myself the next morning, I had gained 2 lbs.!! How is it that it can take me 2 months to lose 2 lbs., but I can gain it in one day...or one meal with no problem? In one of Nutrisystem's live Facebook videos, I think it was Ryan who said if we go off our diet for one meal, it doesn't mean the entire day has to be a loss; just move on and get right back on track for the next meal which is what I did. Hate to think how much I would have gained if I wrote the entire day off.


    Credit John Yeatman
    On Saturday, I worked off the birthday cake, fries and pretzel bread that I indulged in at the party by shoveling...and shoveling...and shoveling some more. One of our neighbors took this picture at our Nature Center earlier in the day. The snow continued into the night with a thick layer of ice underneath which made for quite the workouts. 


    Wound up with another .2 loss for the week. What can I say? I'm slow, but consistent...or consistently slow, not sure which. ☺ All things considered this week, I'm amazed to see any loss at all. I'm just happy to see the scale is continuing to move downward. I'm still loving Nutrisystem and even after 40 weeks, I'm not bored with it...that speaks volumes about the food, the company and the program. This brings my 40-week weight loss total to 41.6 lbs.

    To save 40% off the cost of meals and receive 14 free shakes plus an additional $30 off visit nutrisystem.com. For delicious, low-cal recipes and weight loss tips, check out https://leaf.nutrisystem.com and connect with Nutrisystem on Facebook and Twitter

    My Journey Begins ~ Starting Weight ~ 180 
    Week 1 ~ Lost 6.2 lbs. ~ Weight 173.8
    Week 2 ~ Lost. 1.4 lbs. ~ Weight 172.4 ~ Total Loss 7.6 lbs. 
    Week 3 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 172 ~ Total loss 8 lbs.
    Week 4 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 169.8 ~ Total Loss 10.2 lbs.
    Week 5 ~ Lost 1.8 lbs. ~ Weight 168 ~ Total Loss 12 lbs. 
    Week 6 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 167.8 ~ Total Loss 12.2 lbs. 
    Week 7 ~ Lost 2.2 lbs. ~ Weight 165.6 ~ Total Loss 14.4 lbs. 
    Week 8 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 165 ~ Total Loss 15 lbs. 
    Week 9 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 163.8 ~ Total Loss 16.2 lbs. 
    Week 10 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 163.4 ~ Total Loss 16.6 lbs. 
    Week 11 ~ Lost 2 lbs. ~ Weight 161.4 ~ Total Loss 18.6 lbs. 
    Week 12 ~ Lost .6 lb. ~ Weight 160.8 ~ Total Loss 19.2 lbs. 
    Week 13 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 159.8 ~ Total Loss 20.2 lbs. 
    Week 14 ~ Lost 1.6 lbs. ~ Weight 158.2 ~ Total Loss 21.8 lbs. 
    Week 15 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 157.8 ~ Total Loss 22.2 lbs. 
    Week 16 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 156.8 ~ Total Loss 23.2 lbs.
    Week 17 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 156.2 ~ Total Loss 23.8 lbs.
    Week 18 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 155.2 ~ Total Loss 24.8 lbs. 
    Week 19 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 154.4 ~ Total Loss 25.6 lbs. 
    Week 20 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 153.4 ~ Total Loss 26.6 lbs. 
    Week 21 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 153.2 ~ Total Loss 26.8 lbs. 
    Week 22 ~ Lost 2 lbs. ~ Weight 151.2 ~ Total Loss 28.8 lbs. 
    Week 23 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 151 ~ Total Loss 29 lbs. 
    Week 24 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 150 ~ Total Loss 30 lbs. 
    Week 25 ~ Lost .4 lbs. ~ Weight 149.6 ~ Total Loss 30.4 lbs.
    Week 26 ~ Lost 1.6 lbs. ~ Weight 148 ~ Total Loss 32 lbs.
    Week 27 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 147 ~ Total Loss 33 lbs.
    Week 28 ~ Lost 1.2 lbs. ~ Weight 145.8 ~ Total Loss 34.2 lbs.
    Week 29 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 145.2 ~ Total Loss 34.8 lbs.
    Week 30 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 144.2 ~ Total Loss 35.8 lbs.
    Week 31 ~ Lost. .4 lbs. ~ Weight 143.8 ~ Total Loss 36.2 lbs.
    Week 32 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 143 ~ Total Loss 37 lbs.
    Week 33 ~ Lost 1 lb. ~ Weight 142 ~ Total Loss 38 lbs.
    Week 34 ~ Lost 1.4 lbs. ~ Weight 140.6 ~ Total Loss 39.4 lbs.
    Week 35 ~ Lost .8 lbs. ~ Weight 139.8 ~ Total Loss 40.2 lbs.
    Week 36 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 139.6 ~ Total Loss 40.4 lbs. 
    Week 37 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 139.4 ~ Total Loss 40.6 lbs. 
    Week 38 ~ Lost .6 lbs. ~ Weight 138.8 ~ Total Loss 41.2 lbs. 
    Week 39 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 138.6 ~ Total Loss 41.4 lbs. 
    Week 40 ~ Lost .2 lbs. ~ Weight 138.4 ~ Total Loss 41.6 lbs. 

    Until next week...
    Disclosure: In accordance with FTC regulations, I am disclosing as a Nutrisystem Nation Blogger, I am receiving Nutrisystem food in exchange for writing about my weight loss journey. Affiliate links were not used in this post nor was any monetary compensation received. All reviews are my own.

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