I’ve been overweight pretty much since puberty. I maintained a healthy weight through high school, but it wasn’t without effort. After graduation, the weight started to pile on rapidly. I remember a doctor appointment in my early 20′s where my doctor compared my weight from the previous year and told me it simply wasn’t possible that I gained as much as I did as fast as I did and made me re-weigh (the weight was correct the first time).
I put on weight FAST. I take off weight SLOW. I’ve also always had a pretty low self esteem, so the combination of slow weight loss and quick weight gain left me feeling uninspired and inevitably any weight loss effort was quickly squashed by the negative, “I just can’t do it” thoughts in my head.
I’ve tried just about everything with minimal results:
- Low Carb
- Low Cal
- Low Fat
- South Beach
- Weight Watchers
all with varying degrees of success, but none of them stuck long term. With my weight reaching an all time high, I began to feel like I was being very hypocritical preaching a frugal lifestyle, when I myself was neglecting the most important part of maintaining a frugal lifestyle: good health.
Good Health is Essential to a Frugal Lifestyle
You see, you can clip coupons until the cows come home and buy all your clothes at a thrift store…but if you are overweight, you will never be saving as much money as you could.
When you are overweight, so many things are naturally more expensive:
- food (even if you do eat healthy, you eat more)
- obesity related medications
There have also been studies that show that overweight people overall earn less then their thinner peers. Being overweight is holding my family back from important goals, whether I want to admit that to myself or not.
My motto has always been that you save where you can so you can spend where you want, so I decided that it’s time to invest in my health. I started looking at different diets to see what kind of lifestyle would help support my busy lifestyle as a working mom, yet provide the nutrition and structure that I so desperately need to start to lose this weight and become healthier.
Will Nutrisystem Work For Me?
During this time, I started following a certain hashtag on Twitter (a hashtag is just the # sign and a word that helps you keep up with specific conversation since Twitter moves so fast!).
At first, I was just a bit jealous (as us blogger’s often are! Some blogger’s get some seriously cool stuff) because how cool was that?! These bloggers were having their weight loss sponsored like they were celebrities or something! However, after awhile I started to notice that not only were these bloggers really losing weight…they seemed excited about it! I’d see a blogger lose 5, 10, 15, 20 lbs and my jaw would drop.
You see, when I was younger, I remember family members going on Nutrisystem and I remember going to the centers. I remember them not really being too successful, but I also remember them cheating…a lot.
I decided that Nutrisystem would work if I worked it. Obviously it was effective because it was helpful in aiding so many others in the battle of the bulge.
I Need Your Support
I need your support though. I’ve tried to do weight loss on my own. I’ve even tried to do it on the side, blogging on a different domain. I need more accountability then that. My Family Friendly Frugality readers have been amazing through these past 8 1/2 months, and I know that my readers want to see me succeed. Just like I want all of you to succeed with your goals for frugal living, I know you’ll encourage and support me on my path to provide a better example. Not just a better example for my readers (referring to me feeling like a hypocrite), but a better example to my family (specifically my children).
Healthful living is frugal living, so I’m going to invest in my health. I’ll be doing the Nutrisystem program for at least the next 4 months and I hope you’ll support me on this journey. My goal is big and it’s daunting:
I want to lose 100 lbs.
But I know, with the support of my family, my readers and my God…that I will do it this time.
If I’m putting it out there for all to see, don’t I have to succeed?
Luckily, my husband will be on this journey with me! Colin doesn’t have near as much to lose. He would like to lose about 30 lbs or so. I’m not sure I could radically change my lifestyle in this way without his support though. So be sure to wish him luck as well!
What Does This Mean for the Blog?
Things will still proceed as normal around here. Only every Friday (including tomorrow), I’ll be posting a weight loss update. If I don’t post a weight loss update? I expect emails on top of emails on top of emails in my inbox asking me what’s going on!
Be sure to check out the other NSNation bloggers, and lend them some support too!: Shibley Smiles, This Mama Loves Her Bargains, Living on Love and Cents, Our Kids Mom, Dealicious Mom, Thanks, Mail Carrier, Sippy Cup Mom, Shining 2 Save, Closer to Lucy, and The Life of Rylie…and Bryce too.
Disclaimer: Nutrisystem has provided me this program free of charge to participate in Nutrisystem Nation. Opinions are my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. Read my disclosure policy for more details.