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10-26-2005, 12:50 PM
Just joined nutrisystem and looking for buddies to join me on my 30 lb weight loss journey... anyone up for it or doing nutrisystem with me? let me know. :carrot:

10-26-2005, 05:17 PM
I might be interested. I am going to wait until people post about the taste of the food. Have you gotten your food yet? how is it?

10-26-2005, 11:29 PM
I have been doing NS for 13 weeks and love it....I do not follow it COMPLETELY!!! But I am about 75% on the plan, the food is good. I have had no prob with the food...there are a few things that I dont like so I just edit my order and dont get them again. It is easy to follow and I have been doing well with a 2-3 pound loss per week.
Either of you can feel free to add me to your messengers.

10-27-2005, 12:38 AM
I really want to try Nutrisystem. Can you tell me if it is real expensive? I have been looking for someone who's on it. I am so interested.


Suzanne 3FC
10-27-2005, 08:17 AM
Carafre, the packages they sell do seem kind of pricey, but they pretty much cover all of your food, other than milk and maybe some fresh fruits and vegetables that you buy. If you don't have to feed anyone else, then something like this can be a good option. QVC sells nutrisystem and they have smaller packages so you can try it out before investing in the monthly collection sold on the nutrisystem website. Actually, Nutrisystem sells items individually as well, if you want to buy just a couple of meals to try out. Look for the tiny A la Carte link to order :)

10-27-2005, 11:14 AM
You can also goto EBAY and buy some..You still need to buy milk, egg beaters (if you want them), Fruits and Vegi's and you will need to buy buns for the burgers/chicken sandwiches ect. But I know if you opt for the *autoship* and pay with a CC, then it is like $270 for the first 2 mo, and the 3rd mo you drop to $260, then if you *click* in a link in their site 50 days in a row, you get another $10 off. So I have been on Since the Beginning of Aug, I have had 2 shipments (I postponed my 3rd since I dont follow their food plan 100%) and My 3rd shipment will be $250. But I use their food in conjunction to eating food with my family, like I will eat their breakfast everyday, and lunch most everyday, but the dinners I usually eat only like 5 times a week. But switching back and forth help me control my portions when I eat *our* food with my family. So that is how I kinda do it. I have had GREAT success with it like that..with a 2-3 pound loss each week. Feel free to IM me on Yahoo if you have any questions.

10-28-2005, 09:47 AM
gonna lose it---how much are you exercising?

10-28-2005, 09:52 AM
I really dont exercise AT ALL..I am bad that way. I wish I would be more of an exerciser, since then I would loose soo much more...

10-28-2005, 09:32 PM
Thanks so much!! I am looking around to get the best deal!!


10-30-2005, 08:56 PM
hi again
I find the food very good and actually good value considering all- I am never hungry and enjoy this diet very much... any takers on buddying up? I have 30-40lbs to lose.

10-30-2005, 09:16 PM
ROCK BOX, I have 30 more to go, I am half way to my goal, I would love a buddy...please feel free to add me to your messengers..I have yahoo and MSN....

sine nomine
11-01-2005, 08:52 PM
i *really* hated the food. i suggest you buy some on ebay or somewhere and try it before you sign up for the package. i only made it one day on the program because the food tasted so horrible (to me; ymmv).

11-05-2005, 04:26 PM
I couldn't stand Nutrisystem, either but was able to get a partial refund. I had to call them and get a return number and follow the instructions they emailed. They were really quite nice about everything, considering I told them I didn't like their food's taste and consistency. (Well, they asked.)

11-14-2005, 01:57 PM
Some people do find the food bland and have to "spice it up". Others think its too expensive. I think its easy and convenient, if you want a no brainer of a 1200 calorie diet. Actually, we dont really need anyone to do the work for us,just go on 1200 balanced diet on your own.......should work the same way. Add exercise and Voila !

11-19-2005, 02:01 AM
I received my food on Tuesday and started Wed Nov 16th. So far so good. I have enjoyed everything I have tried so far. The price is really not that if you consider the boxes weigh 40 -50 lbs. I'm sure that 1/4 of the price goes to shipping costs.

I'm hoping to lose 60 pounds. I'm already down 2.5 pounds after 3 full days on the plan. I one of those people that has to weigh everyday. I'm not exercising right now. I will when I start slowing down on weightloss. I should be lighter by then, making it easier to move.


11-19-2005, 10:49 AM
ruby, if you would like a buddy feel free to add me. I have lost 33 so far since Aug 1. Although I am not following thier plan I am using some of the food.

12-03-2005, 07:43 PM
I just joined a Slim-n-Tone in my area. It works like Curves. They are affiliated with Nutri-System and I am thinking about starting it too. I will probably start in January, with Christmas presents to buy, I just don't have the cash to invest yet.

12-03-2005, 08:28 PM
Another option, if you want meals provided for you, but want fresh ready to eat (or heat and eat) foods is "Seatle Sutton's Healthy Eating" You can google it on the web to see if there is a franchise near you. She is a nurse that developed healthy fresh meals for delivery or pick up. Everything (including bread, fruits and veggies) is included except milk. I believe it is about the same price as nutrisystem, if you figure in the extras you have to buy on nutrisystem, although you don't get to choose the meals, everybody gets the same meals.

When I lived in Ottawa, IL (where the company was founded), I was on it for a while, and it was about $75 a week, although it probably has gone up some since I was on it. If I were single, I might consider it, but it would be too expensive for two for a month, and having to make meals for my husband would defeat the purpose (and letting him cook would be worse, as he was a chef, and tends to cook without regard to fat and calories).


12-06-2005, 11:36 AM
I tried nutrisystem once and found the portions tiny. Now on qvc,the portions seem larger because the pump them up with additional veggies. They also look gourmet which mine never did. Anyone have some garnishing suggestions to help these and regular low cal frozen sinners seem like more.The system is a time saver but a bit pricey.
I find if I really plan my food I can do the same thing with regular and cheaper food.If you don't mind the cost though, the food is OK and you can't vbeat the simplicity.

12-06-2005, 11:44 AM
I tried the nutrisystem once and found the portions tiny. Now on QVC the portions look ample and gourmet which mine never did. They pump them up with veggies and garnishes.Anyone have any ideas on making these and low cal frozen dinners look better and seem like more?

The system is easy and the food OK. I need some creative ideas though to make the meals bigger and more appealing. Thanks all you creative people out there.

12-06-2005, 05:05 PM
I make a low cal veggie salad that will last a couple days in the fridge (like a low or no oil bean salad, or carrot/broccoli/cauliflower blend in low-cal ranch or italian dressing).

Then I have something to add to the dinners to make them more substantial. Often the meals are so low in calorie (and food) that a starch serving can be added too, lilke a piece of bread or a small baked potato.


01-06-2006, 01:16 PM
I just started Nutrisystem, and am looking for buddies- I tried searching the threads to find an active Nutrisystem one, but found nothing.

So, lets get together and chat. I don't like the message boards on

Anyway, I started in 1/2/06 and so far am loving it- I find is very simple and have not been tempted to cheat because my food is right there when I am hungry, of course, I am only on day five ;)

Anyone else out there just start NS, or have been doing it awhile and can offer tips???

01-06-2006, 02:17 PM
Just in case anyone is interested-Tonight on QVC at midnight, I believe there is going to be a special price on a nutrisystem product. It is called the Today's special value. I do not have any more details so I do not know if it will be a bargain or not.You caN ALSO CHECK IT OUT ON THE WEB.

01-08-2006, 11:49 PM
Can anyone tell me - how does this come packaged? Is it frozen food? Does the entire month's worth come all at one time? I'd like to try this, but I just have no clue where I'm going to store this much food!

01-09-2006, 12:16 AM
The food does come one month at a time, but it's not as bad as you think. Nothing needs to be refrigerated- some things you add water too, but most you just heat up. That's my favorite part- NO COOKING!!!!

01-10-2006, 04:37 PM
I started NS on 1/3/06 and found out that I am allergic to the food! It was awful - I still have puffy eyes and a rash all over my face because my last meal was on Sunday with NS food.

I found that the stuff I did eat was really good though. The chicken salad was great, I loved the chicken rice santa fe & the broccoli soup. The banana spice muffins were GREAT in plain yogurt and strawberries. I bought alot of veggies and fruits to go along with my meals and I wasn't hungry at all.

I went on Seattle Sutton last year and after a month I dropped about 12lbs and 5 inches off my frame. I was also exercising more than I am now, but they were too expensive! It costed about $425.00 a month and that was without all the veggies and fruits I like to pair up with the meals.

01-13-2006, 07:24 PM
I have always thought IF I JUST HAD SOMEONE PUT WHAT I AM SUPPOSE TO EAT IN FRONT OF ME, I could do it no problem... I'm not good and figuring out portion size or combinations and all, that is where I trip up... Soo I think this plan will work for me... Its either that or win the lottery and hire someone to cook for me... hehe


That is exactly the reason why I chose this diet! I do love to cook, but not for myself. I am SOOOOOO loving this diet because everything is all ready to go, and where I always fall apart on a diet is after a long day, when I am tired, and I don't feel like cooking. All I do is make a salad every other day (I do 2 days at a time) Plus, there are hardly any dishes to wash! Woo-hoo!!!

01-14-2006, 08:44 PM
I started NS the day before yesterday and I'm glad I did. My biggest problem with losing weight is that I do not like cooking, nor does my husband, so we'd get home from work and just eat junk cause we didn't want to prepare anything. Now, I have everything right in front of me and I like that. Only on day 3, but I've had no problems at all.

Other than the bacon & cheddar flavored mashers I had for lunch the other day... GROSS!

01-29-2006, 08:40 PM
I started my N/S program on January 9. I committed to 12 weeks because of the cost of the food. So far I'm really enjoying it and have lost 6.6 pounds out of the 35 I'd like to lose (of course, I won't lose 35 in twelve weeks, but I'm hoping to get off to a running start with this program.)

I fell on the ice last week and will be walking with a cane for awhile. I'm trying to remain as active as possible but I also want my knee to heel. This accident makes me gladder still that I was already dieting when it happened...otherwise I might have welcomed the occassion to sit back with a bowl of ice cream!

I'll be weighing in tomorrow morning.

01-30-2006, 11:06 AM
Good morning! I was just reading through this thread and thought I'd say hi. I was on Nutri/System a LONG time ago. (Holy crap, 20+ years ago!) Anyhow, I really liked NS. That was back when they had centers all over. You'd go to the center, weigh in, then go to a class with other people. I think that's what I liked the most, the interaction with other people doing the same thing as me. There used to be a great workbook with articles and exercises that were discussed every week. I did lose 115 pounds in about a year. I was 17 when I hit my goal. :) I'd say that losing weight was the EASY part. Like you all have said, the no cooking part was great. If my family was going out to eat, I'd eat my entree before we left and then I'd just have a salad with my NS salad dressing. We'd even go to pizza joints and I'd have part of someone's crust. (I know, that sounds kind of gross, but it worked for me.) The biggest advice I'd have for anyone is to make sure that you work on your maintenance once you do hit your goal. As I mentioned, I was 17 and still in high school. I didn't do the maintenance stuff at all. I did keep most of the weight off during college, but that's where it had started to creep up. (Beer and pizza.) Of course, stretchy stirrup pants were also the rage back then. It's very easy to think that they shrank in the dryer. :o

I'd say the very BEST thing about Nutri/System is that it takes your mind off of food. I had all of my food in a closet. I had a shelf designated for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Basically reach in to the appropriate shelf and grab something to eat. I didn't obsess about what I should make for supper. Just grab something and nuke it. Since I was in high school, I made my lunch in the morning (NS ham slice and NS bun) and bring it with me. Some times I'd switch around lunch and supper. I'd make the entree in the morning and put it in a little Thermos. That way no one at school knew I was doing this, and I didn't deviate by eating school's lunch. I think my absolute favorite was the hamburgers that you reconstituted with water. (Sounds very gross, but I really liked them.) I bet the food now is WAY better than it was then. :) Although I'm a "Minnesota bland" kind of person. I grew up with bland food and I prefer it. LOL

I'd gladly do it again, but now that I'm married it just isn't a good option. (I'm counting calories now.) I did gain back the weight that I lost, plus 50 pounds. Not good, but I know it is all my own fault. (Again, beer and pizza.)

So.. Just thought I'd stop by and write a little. I'd say that if anyone was interested in trying this, DO IT! Even if you just order one week's worth of food, this might be exactly what you were looking for. (Just make sure you work on maintaining your weight loss.)


01-31-2006, 12:33 PM
KimberlyInMN I actually lost about 30 pounds on N/S in 1988, the same summer I met my husband. You are right - the food is MUCH better now. I remember they had this little can of "meat spread" that looked and smelled exactly like cat food. At that time, I lost weight at least partly by NOT eating the food.

Right at this moment I'm living alone, working long hours, helping to care for my elderly mom, and redecorating my condo. So the program works really well for me. I sorted all my food into plastic bins when the shipment came, and I just grab whatever from each bin to plan out several days in advance. I ordered some new spices and herbs from Penzeys to give the food a little extra "zing" and I stocked up on frozen veggies (winter in NE isn't the best time for fresh produce!) Now in Week 3 I feel pretty much in control.

Best of all, I've lost 8.2 pounds in three weeks. For the last ten days I've been walking with a cane, so that is quite an impressive loss.

01-31-2006, 03:03 PM
Just awaiting my delivery! Can't wait to start!


03-17-2006, 11:41 AM
I was scared when my order came in 'cause I didn't think I'd like it or if I'd stick with it. But it turned out to be so easy & I'm going on my 7th week. It's so easy & not complicated at all.

03-17-2006, 03:46 PM
I've been on Nutrisystem since 1/28 and have lost about 15 lbs. For me Nutrisystem was a good solution - I needed to learn portion control and about eating healthy. I have to say that I feel better than I have in years - part of that is the weight; but part is eating the right foods and drinking all the water.

I find it's very convenient and I don't have to worry about food which is good. True there are a few things that I don't like but I just change my order so that I don't get them again.

As far as the expense of it - I have found that the money I'm saving by not eating lunch out every day and not eating out at dinner probably twice a week more than makes up for the cost.

I would recommend that anyone who wants to try it order some of the foods ala carte. When I have the burgers or pizza I feel like I'm cheating and I love the Chocolate Granola Bars for breakfast. :hun:


04-28-2006, 07:05 PM
I'd say the very BEST thing about Nutri/System is that it takes your mind off of food. I had all of my food in a closet. I had a shelf designated for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Basically reach in to the appropriate shelf and grab something to eat. I didn't obsess about what I should make for supper. Just grab something and nuke it.

I went on N/S back in the early 90s (like 12 years ago or whatever) and boy howdy, is it EVER BETTER than it was back then! Way easier!

I myself DID NOT like the classes and workbooks. I have a busy schedule and can not fit them in right now at this place in my life (work-family-friends-church-volunteer work). I would much rather be with friends socialising then sitting in front of another advise nurse rehashing the same old tired speeches and attending another boring class (my take on the matter). I also do not need the accountability of the scale weigh in since I have a doctor I go to and I want to lose weight by my next appt (I get 3 month check ups for PCOS...the meds I am on).

The ease of use is awesome and the set up. If I were married though, I would have a hard time sticking to it since I enjoy eating with somebody whatever I made. Just the way I am.

I have my stuff in my kitchen chubbards...breakfast area, snack area...etc. I just grab one and go from each area.

I tend to eat my din din during the day and lunch at night since I need more calories then. I also make sure I get my dinnners in that way.

I pour hot sauce on everything. I do find the food bland but oh well.

MUCH BETTER THAN LEAN CUISINE STUFF! I could and will never try that again! (just buying lean cuisines). This is DIFFERENT for me.

I say that since if there is anybody else out there in my situation, I want to cheer them on to try that. I wish I would have years ago again...but I guess now I am in the frame of mind I need to be to do this.:smug:

04-28-2006, 08:11 PM
My 3 cents....adding an extra penny cause I am nice that way :D
I have been on NS since 3/13/06 and am down a considerable amount. I do exercise and have found that NS is a no brainer. Yes some of the food can get boring, but there are sooooo many recipes and things you can do to change them and still keep in the calories.

My SIL is starting it soon and I am so excited for her!!

I hope you at least give it a try. No diet is for everyone, but you"ll never know if you don't try!

I hope the best for you in whatever your decide!

07-01-2006, 05:37 PM
I have been talking about losing weight for years. Getting NS finally got me to do it. The food is surprisingly good and so convenient. Two minutes in the microwave, and dinner is done. People are always asking me how I did it (lost weight) and I tell them NS. I was only on the plan for a couple of months and then decided to do it on my own. But my weight loss has stopped. I think I may need to go back to NS for a little while longer.