Take 2! My @Nutrisytem Journey begins July 5th! #nsnation #ad #take2 #weightloss

If you have been following me for a while, you know that I have tried a few diets and failed. Juicing and the Wheat Belly diet, Atkins to name a few. Juicing was really hard with the kids. I couldn’t find the time to juice all that fruit and clean it up. Wheat Belly was hard because I was having to make two meals, and the temptation was all over the house. I was accepted into the Nutrisystem blogging program last October and failed. No fault to them. When I followed the plan I lost. In October I did really well until all that Halloween candy was in the house. Then November was Thanksgiving, my birthday and my wedding anniversary. After that was Christmas and New Years. It felt like I was surrounded by temptation non-stop. I have come to the realization that I can’t take a day off and have a cheat day. The people I have seen lose the weight weren’t eating a birthday cake on their birthday they were eating a Nutrisystem dessert. They were staying on plan.  I feel like this is my last chance. Me losing weight seems to be coming a running joke. I don’t think anyone even believes I will succeed at this point. I am doing this for me however and to be healthy for my kids so critics don’t really matter to me anymore.

Why Nutrisystem?


I remember my mom doing Nutrisystem many many years ago, and she said she liked it. I, however, wasn’t thrilled with the ingredients at the time. Since then Nutrisystem has improved a lot. I have been eating all natural and organic for several years now, but we do occasionally eat out. Even if something is all natural and organic if you have an overeating problem like I do…it is not going to matter. Even if I ate five bags of organic potato chips or three organic hot dogs I am still going to gain weight just the same. Organic or not being over weight is not healthy. That is why I decided to give Nutrisystem a shot. On the plus side they do have over 100 preservative-free options. Since I have an over-eating problem and Nutrisystem is in pre-packaged portions, I believe it will help. With two toddlers I tend to grab whatever, order in delivery and not really think about what I am putting in my body. With Nutrisystem, I will have a plan; the food is pretty much ready to go, and hopefully I will be more alert to how much I am putting in my body.


My ex-step mother said I was fat in all the pictures below which is why she told the court she didn’t let me eat much. If that is fat, then I am an elephant now. Social Services removed me and put me in the care of my grandparents.


I am in the blue dress front row, graduating elementary school.


My dog Sandy and I. RIP little girl.


My dog DK and I in 2002. He passed a way a few years ago. Cool dog.


I started gaining weight when I was about 13. From ages 9-13, I was deprived of food, by my step mother as stated above, and it caused some major food issues. Issues that I still deal with today. As soon as I moved in with my grandparents, and I could eat…I did…a lot. I was scared my food would be taken away, so I would hide it. I would eat cold ravioli out of a can with a handheld can opener in the corner of my room at 1am. It was pretty bad and although my grandmother said she would never starve me; she gave me space. I soon learned I could eat what I wanted when I wanted it, but it took sometime. It wasn’t until I was 19 that I lost all the weight. Then at 22 I went through a bad depression and gained it all back, and I haven’t lost it since. I am 35…36 in November.picture3

Most I ever weighed at my grandparents was about 175 or so. I ended up losing it all around 1999. I was about 115 pounds after I lost the weight the first time. First time I roller-bladed and exercised a lot and ate mostly low carb.picture7 picture5 picture4

 I gained it all back around 2003 when I went through a bad depression and ate a ton of fast food in a short period of time. Since then I haven’t been able to lose a pound. I am not depressed right now I am very happy. Sometimes I get stressed out taking care of my toddlers like any normal mom, but that is about it. I have a wonderful husband and two boys as most of you know. Adam who is 3 and Henry, who is 1. I haven’t been able to lose much since Henry was born. The most I weighed with Henry was about 246, and after I had him I went down to about 232. I am now 224. I will be doing Nutrisystem for approximately three months. I hope you will follow me, and if you would like to join Nutrisystem, I will have more info about details on signing up in my next post.
These are my before pictures below was taken within the last 30 days.



It was not required by Nutrisystem for me write this post, but I wanted to introduce you all to the start of my journey before I received all of my food and program details. I will share those details in a future post. Nutrisytem will be providing my program free of charge for my participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogger Program. I begin my journey on July 5th!

Argh Matey! Captain Adam Hook is in the house!! #Captainhook #Greatpretenders @grtpretenders


Adam really loves anything pirates. He loves to watch Jake and the Neverland pirates and I really thought for a while that he was into the Jake character. One day, I was listening to him play, and I noticed he kept taking on the role of Captain Hook when playing with his Jake and the never-land pirates boat. I said, “Are you pretending to be Captain Hook?” and he said, “YES! I love Captain Hook.” He doesn’t know it yet, but he will be getting Captain Hooks ship for his birthday!

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When I saw a Captain Hook outfit on the Great Pretenders website, I thought that it would be perfect for my little guy. He loves to act out scenes and pretend to be Captain Hook. Now he has the costume to go with it to further his imagination! I was really impressed by the material. I can’t see it falling apart. The hat went on his head and stayed on tightly, but he said it felt soft and comfortable. He really liked the hook. Adam took the eye patch off after the photos because he said it was hard to see. It was an eye patch after all…. Halloween will be here before you know it, and he said he would also love to wear it then as well as around the house for play and imagination. Great Pretenders has a lot of different costumes for the Great Pretender in your house, so be sure to check them out on their website and follow them on social media to see all their cute costumes in action! If you like Adam’s costume be sure to grab it now while it is 50% off!

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Two boys and a hubby did not receive any compensation for this post. Disclosure: I did receive the product for free to try and am sharing my opinion with you. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info.