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Got a question, hope someone can answer... How was your experience with Nutrisystem? Hoping for any comment. 2nd question I got is.. 9/13/09 marked one year since my wife and I started our new lifestyle (not diet)!.

Here is a brief recap of the progress and a few other comments for good measure.

Before:.

Weight 276.

Dress Pant Size 44.

Shirt Neck Size 18 1/2.

Shirt Size XXL (bordering on XXXL).

Current:.

Weight 182.

Dress Pant Size 34.

Shrt Neck Size 16 1/2.

Shirt Size L (bordering on M).

Comments:.

Not a diet...You have change the way you think about food.

Drink your water and then some more.

Start planning for maintenance right away since you will spend most of your time in that zone.

If you stumble, get back up and start right away.

When you start, take pictures (I didn't and I wish I had).

Buy a good scale.

Track your weight weekly, but measure daily to learn how your body reacts to different type of foods.

Be ready to buy new clothes.

Set goals that are archivable.

It will take time to lose the weight, you didn't gain it all at one time.

On going support using these boards is one of the keys to success.

If you don't like something, wait two months and try it again.

Use your ability to modify Nutrisystem foods to keep things interesting.

Spices are king!..

Comments (12)

That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer. I'll do some research and get back to you if I bump into an useful answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could assist you..

Comment #1

Congratulations!!.

A great acclomplishment indeed..

I'm coming up on my one year in 3 months. Working hard every day to hit my goal by then. And I agree with every single one of your "comments". Especially the taking of pictures. I have been taking them as I go along every month or so and it helps to look back and see where we have been and see the progress. Visual confirmation of all the hard work I have done seems to help me stay on track...

Comment #2

My wife is down about 38 pounds..

We are no longer receiving Nutrisystem food..

So far, so good on maintenance. In fact, I have been struggling a little with making sure to consume enough food..

I weight less now then when I start High School 34 years ago, which is very hard to believe..

Clark..

Comment #3

You both rock! Hubby & I are also on Nutrisystem together. This past weekend we spent some time cleaning all the "too big" clothes out of our drawers. It doesn't even seem possible that we used to wear those sizes..

Stephanie..

Comment #4

Stunning. I wish I had taken pics at my heaviest. Not going back there though.....

Comment #5

FanTasTic! One Year Anniversary. Woo-Hoo! What a GREAT example, and your tips are Right-On!.

I've got ticker envy..

You took it straight down to below goal and flatlined there! That's simply amazing..

I've got 2 months till my wife and I also celebrate our 1 yr. anniversary on Nutrisystem together. I better get my ticker in shape..

Thanks for the example and setting the bar. Gives me more incentive to shoot for..

Gordon..

Comment #6

Thank you for the kind words everyone!.

I have been debating about changing my goal..

I don't want to sound like I am complaining, but I actually have been struggling with how to balance my diet so I don't lose more weight. That is one of the reasons I stress needing to plan for maintenance earlier then later..

I know if I really tried I could lose a few more pounds but I am not sure I can support that weight long term..

I have always been a "stocky" person and carry the weight well. I have been told over and over that at 185 I am "too skinny" (not sure that is really possible)..

I have decided to keep 190 as my "top of scale" weight. If I hit 190, I will go completely back on NS. I really want to stay at about 182, if possible, and have been successfully doing that for about two months..

I really value these boards because I know everyone here faces the same struggles that I face. I continue to use everyone's experiences to help me avoid the pitfalls that are out there..

Clark..

Comment #7

Outstanding work! Both of you are a great example to follow. Thanks for the notes as well...

Comment #8

I had the same problem when I got to my goal. I was discussing it with my doctor (who is very fit and trim) and he said that people just have "fat eyes". They just aren't used to seeing people at a normal weight..

I've always toyed with going down to 174 to get my BMI within the normal range but just can't seem to get motivated to do it. I'm pretty comfortable where I am right now...

Comment #9

I think it makes sense to formally revise your goal weight and just have set "optimum weight" with some sort of control band around it (maybe 5 pounds for little guys, 10 for big ones). My nominal goal is 165, but I will reassess as I get near, maybe look at it at 170. When I was 29 and cut and strong, I was in my upper 150s, so I may end up needing to go lower than my nominal goal...maybe even down to 150, if I am weaker and older. Or maybe I've got a little more muscle and will be fine at 160+, even 170..

I will be able to tell "true goal" from the mirror with no clothes on. And will also play with some formal fat testing, perhaps..

In any case...I think it makes sense to formally define where you want to be and that "is the goal". If you set your formal goal at 220, from far away, then get there and realize you need to be at 200, don't kid yourself that you are "still under goal" when you move up from 200 to 215, just because you are relying on some arbitrary, too conservative number put into NS, when you didn't know better. Same thing applies in reverse of course, although human nature what it is, that is less often an issue...

Comment #10

Our stats seem to be pretty similar, Larry. My goal since returning to the plan has been to get down into the "normal" BMI range. It may not be the perfect goal, but it's what I'm shooting for right now...

Comment #11

Our stats are real similar. If my original graph hadn't been wiped out it would have looked a lot like yours. Started in May of '06 and reached 180 in August of '07. My original goal was 174 but I reassessed and decided to stay at 180 once I got there..

I've been able to stay pretty much at that weight for two years now. I say pretty much because every time we go on vacation I have to take the weight gain off as soon as we get back home...

Comment #12

Being too skinny has been a problem I have dealt with since I hit bottom. I had planned to go to 170 and was certain I could never go below that. I hit 170 and kept dropping. Part of that was due to the amount of cardio I was doing in preparation for my 1/2 marathon. But, I went down past 160 (briefly) and then stabilized at 160 about a month ago and and have been learning to see myself in a new way. I don't think I look like I'm about to die anymore and people are getting used to the new me.

I see this as the work of my next phase of exercise which will be resistance training (during the off season for running). Like other guys have said, I'm lighter than I was in high school now. Amazing.

It's certainly a whole new place to be for me..

Speaking of wives - my wife and I have done this together and we've both lost about the same amount of weight. My wife needs to lose a substantial amount of weight beyond where she is so I'll continue to work the program from a maintenance perspective in support of her efforts. That's a good kind of pressure, I think. If I'm eating right she'll be able to maintain her focus, too...

Comment #13

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