“It’s Helped Me Be the Mom That My Kids Can Be Proud Of.”Article posted in: Success Stories - Women
“Making healthy choices in my nutrition makes it easier for me to make healthy choices elsewhere.”
Christina grew up “one of those non-athletic girls” for whom weight was a lifelong struggle.
“As an adult, I tried every diet you can imagine—low fat, low carb, low calorie, low anything you can think of” says this mom of two. “I got involved with a running group to try run more often and get more fit. Nothing worked.”
Then, things got worse. “In 2012, I was diagnosed with a medical condition that required medication,” she says. “The first one made me horribly ill. The second one caused me to gain almost 15 pounds in two months. So, a year after having my second child, because of the pregnancy weight and the medication, I was the heaviest I had ever been.”
This is where her story takes a turn for the better. Her doctor had just lost weight on Nutrisystem and became Christina’s own personal inspirational success story. She signed up and was sold from the start. “For the first time ever, I did not feel deprived on a diet,” she says. “ I was eating enough and the food was delicious. It was so easy to follow the plan and to stay on Nutrisystem because it worked. Before, I would lose weight inconsistently on diets, become discouraged and give up. That was not an issue with Nutrisystem.”
She also discovered that exercise could be fun. “I started walking three to four miles regularly and doing Zumba. When I noticed that was getting easy and I had more energy, I started running and doing bodypump (cardio strength training) instead,” she says.
Within a few months, she had lost 30 pounds*—“the smallest I had ever been.”
“It was fun to get new clothes because for the first time ever, I liked the way the clothes looked on me,” she says. One of the high points of her weight loss was when she walked out of an elevator at her husband’s business conference and saw the looks of “shock, happiness and admiration” on the faces of his colleagues, whom she hadn’t seen in six months.
After Nutrisystem, Christina maintained her weight loss on her own for almost two years. But then, after a stressful patch, “a lifetime of bad habits reared its ugly head,” she says.
“I was stress eating sweets and eating portions that were way too big. My jeans were feeling tight all over. After gaining about 10 pounds over a period of three months, I knew what I needed to do to get back on track.”
That makes Christina’s a double success story. Two months after re-upping with Nutrisystem, Christina’s stress weight was mostly gone. “Making healthy choices in my nutrition makes it easier for me to make healthy choices elsewhere so I am more active again as well,” she says.
Extra motivation: Her kids. She’s now their soccer coach, something this former non-athlete says she would have never attempted if it hadn’t been for Nutrisystem. “It’s helped me be the mom that they can be proud of,” she says.
*Real Success Story. Expect to lose an avg 1-2 lbs per week.