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CardiacNurse5465
01-31-2011, 11:26 AM
Anyone starting Nutrisystem soon? I should be recieving my meals in 4-10 days...any advice?


morecowbell
01-31-2011, 12:33 PM
Hi..I just ordered my food and am anxiously waiting for it to arrive! I couln't believe what a great deal they are running right now. I got the premium select program.,(includes frozen foods) , for 259.00 plus free shipping..for 28 days of food . That is so much less than jenny craig, which I had done in the past. By the way I used to be a cardiac nurse too. I have a lot of weight to lose..so I am really hoping this will be the jumpstart I need. Would love to see an active thread develop..I can use all the support I can get. Good Luck! :carrot:

CardiacNurse5465
01-31-2011, 01:32 PM
I ordered the premium select program as well. I've never done Jenny Craig or any plan like this before. I tried weight watchers online without very much success. Keep me updated on how things go!


morecowbell
01-31-2011, 03:32 PM
I received my frozen food today! I was very surprised it arrived this quickly. I already tried my first lunch..margharetta pizza..surprisingly good. I was very impressed with the delivery..frozen solid,even the icecream. It didnt come with the mealplan, I guess that will be in the shelfstable food shipment.

irishchik
02-01-2011, 09:40 PM
I just finished my first week on Monday and was down 4 pounds. It is a plan that does work, tastes good and I dont find myself hungry.

morecowbell
02-02-2011, 09:38 AM
Hi Irishchic..I just finished my first 2 days..really was surprised that I liked the food..especially those buffalo wing pretzels omg they are soo good. I have had the frozen food mostly..loved the ham and cheese melt for lunch and the chicken alfredo..Today I will have some shelf stable.

Today I am cooking a big dinner for the family, so it will be somewhat of a challenge to not eat what I am cooking..as i see it, that will be my biggest challenge on the program,as I do cook alot. But that is what got me into this mess..love to cook..am a real foodie. Wishing you the best of luck and much success..I will enjoy following your blog :)

After reading your blog I saw that you did not have a good experience with the ham and cheese melt. Mine was delicious, but I put it in the regular toaster,came out crisp and perfect. I defrosted it first in the microwave on a very low setting and then just popped it in the toaster; try that next time.

CardiacNurse5465
02-02-2011, 02:06 PM
I recieved my frozen food today! Tried the french toast for breakfast...it was ok. Looking forward to trying some of the lunch and dinner entrees.

CardiacNurse5465
02-03-2011, 06:07 AM
I tried the caramel swirl sundae...it was yummy! I haven't gotten my meal plan yet...is it ok to eat a small salad with the ham and cheese melt at lunch? It doesn't seem like it would be enough to satisfy me by itself.

huntress
02-03-2011, 08:46 AM
Yes, a leafy green salad with 2 TBSP of ff dressing is part of the plan. You can go to the Nutrisystem website and get your meal plan since I'm assuming you are already a member.
Good luck to you, IMO this is a good plan I just did not like some of the food but I only had the shelf stable items.

irishchik
02-17-2011, 01:08 PM
Hi Irishchic..I just finished my first 2 days..really was surprised that I liked the food..especially those buffalo wing pretzels omg they are soo good. I have had the frozen food mostly..loved the ham and cheese melt for lunch and the chicken alfredo..Today I will have some shelf stable.

Today I am cooking a big dinner for the family, so it will be somewhat of a challenge to not eat what I am cooking..as i see it, that will be my biggest challenge on the program,as I do cook alot. But that is what got me into this mess..love to cook..am a real foodie. Wishing you the best of luck and much success..I will enjoy following your blog :)

After reading your blog I saw that you did not have a good experience with the ham and cheese melt. Mine was delicious, but I put it in the regular toaster,came out crisp and perfect. I defrosted it first in the microwave on a very low setting and then just popped it in the toaster; try that next time.

Oh I love those pretzles. And the Buffalo wrap I made into a giant salad with light blue cheese dressing. It was yum. I did have some frozen foods, but I am not a fan of frozen vegis. My new shipment came yesterday and its all shelf stable. There is still so much I have not tried yet. So far everything has been pretty good. But I know there are things I like that others wont, and things they like I wont. Just how we are.

The 2nd time I made the ham and cheese I put it in the toaster like a poptart. It turned out fine.

irishchik
02-17-2011, 01:10 PM
I recieved my frozen food today! Tried the french toast for breakfast...it was ok. Looking forward to trying some of the lunch and dinner entrees.

Spray butter before the micro! My 1st one was a bit weird, the 2nd try I sprayed before and it turned out nice and moist.

morecowbell
02-24-2011, 01:25 PM
Hi buddies..hope you are doing well on the program. I was humming along o.k. until the last few days..am really struggling with this. I am seriously questioning my decision to do this program. I really don't want to discourage anyone..and I hesitate to post this for that reason, but then I thought someone might be able to offer some insight into this..so here goes.

What I really feared most is happening..I am really resenting preparing meals for the family and then having to eat my ns food. I make a big effort to cook healthy and many times I look at the food I made and think that would so easily fit into a waeightloss plan..why the **** am I eating this overpriced artificial chemical laden crap..other times I look at it as an enormous blessing which is teaching me portion control..and what a wonderful value it is. Conflicted? You bet. I am thinking of doing weightwatcher s and then just incorporationg the food I have left into tht program..but if I dont do well on that I know I will kick myself..oh well I guess I'll figure this out. Just feeling really down today.

linga
02-25-2011, 07:23 PM
Morecowbell,

Sorry you're feeling so conflicted! I'm on my 3rd week of Nutrisystem and it's been really easy because my husband is on it with me! I've really liked the food and thanks to the great message boards on Nutrisystem, I know how to make recipes from the NS food and spice them up a bit! those message boards are really good! Lots of successful people that stick around even though they no longer eat the NS food, tons of tips, etc.

I've done weight watchers for about 25 years. I always been up and down with about 15 or 20 pounds, then I'm back to counting my points religiously, etc. My problem was that I know how to do weight watchers, yes I even have all of the new Points Plus stuff, but I just can't make myself stick to it lately. I have the best intentions, but then I say, well, all I have to do is count the points, I can have anything I want. Hence, my 15 pounds gain!

I had done Jenny Craig before, but Nutrisystem was so much cheaper that I thought I would give it a try to just get on track. BTW, I've found the food to be the same on both programs.

The last two weeks have really been great in teaching me what a portion looks like, adding appropriate protein, fruits and veggies, as well as eating every 2-3 hours. I'm beginning to get back to where I know I'll be able to transition to eating healthy once I stop the NS meals. I feel so much more in control. In fact, I think I will probably use the NS meal plan instead of weight watchers when I stop having the NS food after my second month. It really does seem to be a lifestlye change I can live with.

I don't cook for a family like you do, but I did have a dinner party at my house and I made some great roasted veggies, a wonderful salad and then an entree for everyone else, while my husband and I used our NS entree. Too funny, everyone wanted to try my raviolis! And they were pleasantly surprised! Anyway, my plate looked like I was eating a ton of food and I suprisingly didn't feel deprived about it at all.

Make sure that you are adding spices, veggies, FF sour cream, cheese, etc. to your NS meals, you don't want to feel deprived!

Anyway, just sharing my experience so far. I wish you luck with what ever way you go!

morecowbell
03-01-2011, 08:18 PM
Thank-you so much for your thoughtful reply. I was having a horrible day when I posted that. lol. I will make it work. I knew going into this that it would be a challenge cooking for 5 people every day and then having to eat my ns. It would be easier if my hubby was doing it with me..but I will continue to do the program for at least 1 more month anyway. I am glad it is working out so well for you..I wish you the very best of luck. It really is a great program..and very affordable I think.(forget about what I said about it being overpriced lol.)...boy is it reminding me about portion control. It has been a well needed wakeup call. Keep posting your success! Oh and the nutrasystem boards are great..got all the exchanges for meals on my own , so if I want to substitute an occassional meal i can and still be on the program. I just have to remember to measure and weigh everything!

FattyFatFat
03-08-2011, 08:31 PM
Make sure you all are incorporating exercise with these plans to speed along your success. ;-p

morecowbell
03-20-2011, 11:12 AM
Well it seems the thread died out before it even got started lol. Well if anyone is still reading this..just a quick update. I'm down 12 ponds since the second week of february..slower than I would have liked, but def. my own fault. I have joined weightwatchers and am very excited about their new program! I have one more month of nutrisystem food and will easily be able to incorporate it into my plan. I am grateful to nutrisystem for helping me get structure back into my eating plan and giving me the very poignant reminder about portion control. It was a great idea..don't regret it for a minute. I really feel like I am on my way! Hope you are all doing well.

goldferris
04-03-2011, 01:29 PM
Hey all!

I'm going on Nutrisystem! I'm doing 4 months and should be getting all my food this week. Once I do, I'm going to start the following Monday.

I'm pretty darn excited about this. I'm hoping to lose at least 10 pounds each week, and am going to be really staunch about following the plan. Time to lose weight!

alihal
04-06-2011, 03:26 PM
Hey everyone! I just ordered my NS today, my mom also got it so we can do it together. I did Ideal Protein for a little while, it worked but the food was terrible after awhile. Hoping this will be better!!

goldferris
04-06-2011, 05:26 PM
Hey everyone! I just ordered my NS today, my mom also got it so we can do it together. I did Ideal Protein for a little while, it worked but the food was terrible after awhile. Hoping this will be better!!

Hi, Alihal! It's cool you're doing it with your mom. I bet that will give you a lot more motivation.

I received my shelf stable food today (and my frozen food a few days ago). That means I'll be starting Nutrisystem on Monday (because I don't want to start in the middle of the week. Is that weird?).

I'm excited!

MrsMomOrtiz
04-07-2011, 08:00 AM
I wish I could do NutriSystem. It does seem to have quite a bit of success! I called once, out of my budget! haha Congrats on the weightloss! Keep it up!

alihal
04-11-2011, 10:41 AM
Hi, Alihal! It's cool you're doing it with your mom. I bet that will give you a lot more motivation.

I received my shelf stable food today (and my frozen food a few days ago). That means I'll be starting Nutrisystem on Monday (because I don't want to start in the middle of the week. Is that weird?).


Hi goldferris! I totally understand not wanting to start in the middle of the week. I am supposed to get my food this week so I will probably start next Monday. That also gives me one last weekend to eat and drink all the good stuff that is a no-no when you're on a diet lol.

I'm pretty excited too, good luck to both of us!!

goldferris
04-11-2011, 10:06 PM
Hi goldferris! I totally understand not wanting to start in the middle of the week. I am supposed to get my food this week so I will probably start next Monday. That also gives me one last weekend to eat and drink all the good stuff that is a no-no when you're on a diet lol.

I'm pretty excited too, good luck to both of us!!

Yay! I'm glad you're starting.

Believe me, I went on a huge food bender last week before I started. I mean, a crazy crazy bender. Foooood!

But, I'm so glad that's over. Today was my first day on Nutrisystem. I'm glad I'm starting this. And the food is good so far. So, that's always awesome.

Go us!

lilmonstervictoria
04-12-2011, 11:49 AM
I just started my second month last week. I got the Costco 35 day plan and its just the shelf stable and no frozen or anything, which is alright for me, more convienent.

But I love it, there are certain things that I dont like, but I didnt order them again this time around. I have lost almost 14 pounds on NutriSystem and it makes me feel great.

I am also doing it with my mom, and occasionally work out with her, its great for support.

Good luck to you all! Hoping to be down to my Goal Weight by the end of this month (120) but I really want to be down to 115 :D

Good luck to each and every one of you!! :carrot:

alihal
04-12-2011, 03:58 PM
And the food is good so far. So, that's always awesome.

My mom said everything she has had so far is good and you're right that is awesome. That was the bad thing about IP, food was gross and I couldn't keep eating it. Mine came today so I think I may just start tomorrow instead of waiting, maybe just have something really bad (but good) tonight for dinner and a few beers to give me some closure lol.

Lilmonstervictoria - that's great on your weight loss great job!! Was the 14 lbs you lost in one month?

goldferris
04-18-2011, 06:40 PM
Hi! I'm just checking in with my week 1 weigh in results. I lost 6.4 pounds this week with NS. In one week! Pretty awesome.

goldferris
04-25-2011, 11:24 AM
Just checking in again! My week 2 weigh-in revealed 2.4 pounds lost, for a two week total of 8.8. Nice! Especially with Easter thrown in there.

alihal
04-26-2011, 09:30 AM
Awesome job goldferris!! I was down and then gained back with Easter :( but down today from yesterday. I'm back on track this week and will be going to the gym the rest of the week so hopefully I'll see some good results!! Keep up the good work!

goldferris
05-02-2011, 12:53 PM
You can do it Alihal!

I'm checking in again for my week 3 weigh-in. I've lost 3.8 pounds this week for a 3-week total of 12.6 pounds. Wooooooo!

goldferris
05-09-2011, 12:38 PM
Checking in again!

For today's weigh-in, I lost 2.4 pounds for a running total of 15 pounds lost. That's in just 4 weeks, or, in other words, 15 pounds in a month. Nice! I'm proud of myself.

FattyFatFat
05-15-2011, 02:08 AM
Checking in again!

For today's weigh-in, I lost 2.4 pounds for a running total of 15 pounds lost. That's in just 4 weeks, or, in other words, 15 pounds in a month. Nice! I'm proud of myself.

Wow, you're definitely off to a great start! Keep up the good work, and keep us posted!

goldferris
05-16-2011, 11:55 AM
Thanks, FattyFatFat!

Today's another weigh-in. For week 5 results, I've lost another 3 pounds bringing my overall weight loss to 18 pounds. In 5 weeks!

sluggo44
05-19-2011, 06:18 PM
I've been thinking about doing this especially since they are having a 50% off sale. Could all the NS buddies tell me what their average weight loss was. I know the NS website states 1-2 pounds a week but I would rather ask people who actually have done this program. I am needing to lose about 25 so I was real curious about how long it will take me to lose that amount. I do exercise 6-7 times a week for about an hour. I'm 48 years old

goldferris
05-23-2011, 01:02 PM
Sluggo,

That's a really hard question to answer. How fast you lose depends on a lot of factors: how old you are, how adamant you are to follow the plan exactly every day, how much weight you have to lose, your gender, how easy it is for you to lose weight in general.

But I can tell you that I've been doing this for 6 weeks now and have lost 19.6 pounds. That's 3.2 pounds per week on average. But, then again, I'm relatively young, I have a lot to lose, I follow the plan 100% every day, and I typically lose a lot quickly than is normal.

I suggest signing up on the Nutrisystem forums (which is free) on the official website and posting on the boards there. They're really helpful and not nearly as quiet as it is here, in relation to NS.

Speaking of which...

Week 6 weigh in: This week, I lost 1.6 pounds, for a total of 19.6 pounds lost in 6 weeks. I'm almost to 20 pounds!

goldferris
05-30-2011, 11:56 AM
I'm back for another weigh-in.

Week 7 results: I lost another 3.4 pounds for a total loss of 23.0 pounds. In 7 weeks! Awesome. :)

Doodie
07-15-2011, 08:23 AM
Joined NutriSystem last night. I was on the Diet To Go plan for about 25 weeks, had to cancel when I went on vacation. I lost 39 lbs. Looking forward to losing more weight through N/S and getting to know you all!

lilneezy
07-24-2011, 02:03 PM
These just seem too expensive when you can just eat healthier and smaller meals.

PrincessNibbles
07-30-2011, 04:07 PM
I always thought it was too expensive too, but when you figure in the fast food and junk that you buy at the store, it really isn't. I used to buy goodies, beef jerky, lots of soda on top of all the regular stuff, now I spend maybe $15 a week for fruit, veggies, and cottage cheese. All of this lasts me the week as my portions are now smaller. How much do you spend on Starbucks or fast food or lunch at the office?

PrincessNibbles
08-28-2011, 05:16 PM
Checking in, I've lost 8 lbs so far in 6 weeks, that's good enough for me. I am disabled, and can't walk far or fast, so a recumbent stationary bike is my exercise. I also work a phone job, so no exercise there.