Thursday, February 7, 2013

Nutrisystem Week 1: YUM and YAY

The thing I hate about sponsored posts is that they may come across as insincere.  I'm not sure if people know how these things work and since I'm doing Nutrisystem for four months and plan to do sixteen update posts, I feel the need to explain.

No sponsored post is forced on a blogger.  You choose to do one or not.  You get money sometimes, or free stuff, in exchange for your opinion.  I don't know how other people do it, but I only say yes to things I think I will like.  I've gotten comments on my review posts in the past that suggested that I've been falsely positive in my review of something.  Not true!  And I've never, ever been pressured to say anything I didn't want to say - the opinions are truly mine.

Now what I'm leading to is a crazy positive review of my first week of Nutrisystem.  Which I am getting for free in exchange for blogging my experience as part of their Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program.

So anyway, my first week of Nutrisystem has been completely and totally fantastic!  I was, admittedly, very overwhelmed when my first order of food arrived.  It was a lot of food and I had no idea where to put it or what to start with!

Giant box of pantry food!!!!

You get the whole month at once so it definitely requires some shelf shuffling.  My method of organization was to divide by meal, and then choose the first week from each category to keep in the pantry.  The rest is all sorted out and in a box in our spare bedroom.  You also get frozen food, which I sorted by meal in the freezer so I could quickly grab whatever I wanted.  It is easy because each type of meal is labeled and color coded and so you can keep track of what you have left.

The food is really, really good.  Day one, I saw what I was going to eat and thought, "this is tiny.  I am going to be starving."  NO.  I am full all the time and have to remind myself to eat snacks between meals.   You eat all the time - breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, dessert.  Unlimited non starchy veggies.

Week 1 on the books and I am IN LOVE with Nutrisystem!!!  I am full and the food is good so I don't feel deprived at all.  I haven't felt jealous of Mark's dinner at all which was a big worry of mine.  One night, I tried to coordinate so that we would all have the same thing to eat - pizza.  Mark and Olivia made their own pizzas with store-bought crusts, and I ate my Nutrisystem pizza.  It was perfect!  My pizza was smaller than theirs by almost half.  When I was finished I was perfectly full and satisfied.  I know that I would have eaten the bigger portion if I had it in front of me.  A big part of this program will be opening my eyes to realistic portions and the feeling of being satisfied and not stuffed full.

My first official day was February 1 and so my one week date would actually be tomorrow.  But I have a minor surgery today and need to fast for most of the day before that, so I am going to share my weigh-in and week one post today:

Week one on Nutrisystem: - 2.4 POUNDS!!!!

(I'm not going to post my weight here.  Every person has a weight that is good for them, and I don't want to say how horrible I feel at my current weight because maybe someone weighs that same weight and looks and feels great.  I've been in that position before, and I wouldn't want to do that to someone else.)


1. Lost 2.4 pounds, obviously.

2. Discovered some favorite foods that I will reorder and some not favorites that I won't.

3. No cheating at all.  Not even tempted to cheat - this is big for me.   I am an emotional eater and this week was stressful.  I am so encouraged by this!!

4. By day three I understood completely what I was supposed to eat and had a really easy time planning out my day without constantly checking my reference material. 

5. Realized that I was eating way way way too large portions of...everything.  At every meal.  I am full on a normal portion of food. 


1. This week has been absolutely nuts for us.  There were so many things going on (non sleeping baby, broken furnace, social calendar, etc.) that I did not get to do my 30 minutes of exercise every day.  I did two, one hour workouts so I figure that equals four, half hour workouts.  I need to be better about this for sure!  I've been working out since before Christmas and have started to notice a difference - I cannot get out of the groove!

2. I missed snacks a few of the days because I was busy and forgot to eat them.  I know that is a bad idea. I'm thinking of setting a phone alarm reminder.  I'm scanning and tracking all of my foods and I was still above 1200 calories so I don't think I hurt myself at all, but I don't want to get in the habit of skipping healthy snacks.

3.  I also did not drink all of my water requirement every day for similar reasons.  I'm supposed to drink 64 ounces a day and 3 days I just couldn't do it.

One week down, fifteen more to go!  Hoping to lose a total of 20-25 pounds.  If you have any questions about Nutrisystem, feel free to email me!

Want to join me in being more healthy by taking control of your weight loss? Join Nutrisystem today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by clicking here.

Disclosure: I am being provided the Nutrisystem Women's SUCCESS Select as a part of the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program, in exchange for writing about my experience with the program. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced in any way.


Jo-Anne said...

I have been on WW since October which is working great and I've also heard a lot of great things about NurtiSystem. Like you mentioned, I think these programs (especially in NurtiSystem's case because the meals come ready for you) are real eye openers to proper portions and how little it actually takes to feel full when eating the right foods.

I'm glad it's working so well for you and you're really enjoying it. I look forward to your next posts about how it's all going. It sounds like you're going great! Thanks for sharing this! =)

Aimee said...

Wow! This was motivating for me to read. I'm so proud of you. I'm sure it's such a good feeling. Keep it up!

Shannon said...

so glad you are liking it. I have to say- I commend you about the weight thing and not posting the number. That's such a huge consideration I dont think most people think of.

~Shari said...

I am so glad you have blogged about Nutrisystem. I have often entertained the idea of trying them. This post certainly does help me.

Currently I am practicing Weight Watchers ONLINE. I love the flexibility of not having to go to a meeting and I can log everything on my phone. But, after loosing 26 pounds since October I am failing miserably here lately. :( I am not logging my intake and just thinking.. yeah.. that look like the right size/amount and go on. Not good.

I do love the idea of PREmeasured,PREpackaged and PREprepared meals!!!

How can a person get involved in getting sponsored so that I could do review such as this or baby products?

Kara said...

It's not the insincerity of sponsored posts that suck... it's the frequency of them. It would be nice if you posted non-sponsored posts that weren't more than one picture and a couple of words but I understand that life gets busy. I've been following your blog since Redbook, but at this point, sadly, I have to take you off my feed. I've enjoyed your amazing viewpoints and wish you and your family well!

Jen said...

~Shari My review opportunities are all through BlogHer Publishing Network. Except for Nutrisystem. I read about it and reached out myself.

The only other review opportunities that I know of are House Party and bzzagent.

Jen said...

Kara - sorry to hear that! It's cool that you were nice about it, though. Best to you, too!

alison said...

Way to go! :) So my biggest mental hangup with Nutrisystem is that it seems like a brilliant plan for the time that you're eating their foods, but I'd love to know more about how they transition you back to eating normal foods. Know what I mean? Like I fear that I would basically go back to my old habits - how do they curb that

pyjammy pam said...

that is awesome! i did a sponsored review of another weight loss program in 2011 (it was another program that provides food, it's a woman's name, ifyouknowwhatimean) and i was surprised how well it worked for me. this sounds maybe even more awesome!

LORI said...

How much is the program you're doing if you pay for it outright? Ive heard great things also but struggle with being able to fit it into my budget.

Can you post your favs and not so favs?

Grace said...

A suggestion for the water thing: I got a refillable water bottle that holds 25 oz and has a STRAW - the straw is key. I didn't think I would like it, but it makes you drink the water much faster. Now, most days I drink 4 full bottles without even trying :-)

boringyear said...

Dude. I only have one kid and I don't think I've managed to fit in one hour workout since he was born (18 months ago).

Please share your mad awesome organisational skills that fit this into your day!

Joelle said...

I did nutrisystem once to lose the baby weight and it worked really well. the only thing i had a problem with was some of the fruits, and the amount.I had stomach pains from all the fiber in the raspberries, and blueberries! but i found the food pretty good too.
did you take a "before" photo? You the bump photos but in reverse :)

Losh said...

Well done on the loss!

When you first posted this I had a look on their website and thought the food looked great. I have been looking into something similar here in the UK, but it doesn't look as tasty - jealous!

L said...

I have loved following your journey and felt for you every step of the way-- you've handled everything with grace and courage. But I agree with Kara, you tend to only post random sponsored posts, or so infrequently that it comes across completely insincere. I rarely read your blog anymore, and when I do I'm nostalgic for your entries from yesteryear. I have kids too, I get it, you're busy. And while I commend you for losing weight, I don't see how NutraSystem will sustain you through the years, you just eat fake food forever? What happens when the day comes where you don't want to? Or when it's not free? It just seems like the results won't last. I highly, highly recommend weight watchers. You can eat real food, and it's real life.

Jen said...

I can write later about how Nutrisystem supports you after you stop the program. I will for sure! As for the learning experience, you learn portion control and healthy snacking throughout the day. Weight Watchers only works for you if you work it, and Nutrisystem is the same.

My blog is a hobby, L. I agree with you that it was much better/more entertaining in the past. I make a MINIMAL amount of money from the ads and reviews. It's not like I'm sustaining my life on pageviews, ya know? I can only write when I feel like it and when I have time. It is a shame that I am less entertaining but at this point in my life I just am not. I'm sad that people will read my blog less but I can't really change the reality of it. I'm not some paid entertainer, you know? I'm just blogging about my life and some people like it - or used to like it! haha!

Ashley said...

I'm glad it's going well so far! I would love to do something like that but I can't afford it. I can't wait to see your updates!

Lisa said...

Unreal! Jen, I just wanna let you know that I don't read your blog for entertainment, I read it to see how you and your family are doing. You're an amazing woman who has been through so much! If I want entertainment, I read People lol! Love you and your blog...

Me said...

I read your blog because I love reading it. I don't care if it's a sponsored post or not because it always makes me laugh at least once. I am not trying to be a rabid fangirl but I am anyway, so all or nothing: Don't you ever change! Not for anybody!

LORI said...

My favorite part about your blog is that even when they're sponsored posts, I still want to read because your perspective on things is just hysterical. And to me, the infrequency of posts just tells me your priorities are in line. You've had quite the roller coaster ride since you started the blog and well, kids can be life sucking (in a good way of course). I've tried on more than one occasion to blog and I make it through my first "I'm gonna do this" post and life happens. Keep on keeping on! Some of us love what you do, even if it's just once a month. <3

Unknown said...

Yes it works I've lost almost 50 pounds in 7 months. The food is not as flavorful as regular food since it is low in fat, salt and sugar. There is little meat and bread in the diet. And after the first three months, the price dropped to $240 for 28 days worth of food, about $8.50 a day.

You can substitute regular food items of equal colorie amounts for the Nutrisystems food at times if you get tired of the Nutrisystems food. I buy Lean Cusine and Weight Watchers frozen dinners at the supermarket once in a while. I dine out once in a while but limit the size and calories of what I eat to stay within the calorie limit for the day.

I should reach my target weight after 15 months.

It won't work if you look for excuses to give up and blame the taste of the food, the calorie limits, the cost etc.

It only works if you are determined and stay on it for the long haul. You didn't put the weight on overnight, it won't come off overnight. There is no quick fix. You have to make a full commitment to staying on the diet and limiting your calorie intake.

You have learn to change what you eat and how much you eat. No more cheeseburgers, fries, cheesestakes, hoagies, wraps, fries, ice cream, sugar drinks, etc, until you've reached your target weight. And no more large portions. Only small portions multiple times a day. It takes self discipline. If you have none you will fail.

The average weight loss is 6 pounds per month on the Nutrisystems diet.

The only thing stopping you from losing weight is YOURSELF!