“Nutrisystem made my New Year’s resolution come true!”Article posted in: Success Stories - Women
Every January, millions of people celebrate the New Year with a resolution. Whether it’s to lose weight, buy a house or start a new career, there’s something motivating about beginning the year with a goal. In January 2020, Chrissie L. set a New Year’s resolution that would change everything.
Now a seven year cancer survivor, Chrissie was ready to become the healthier version of herself. “In 2013, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I had surgery to remove it and the biopsy came back as malignant. I had cancer,” she explains. Part of the tumor was unable to be removed, so Chrissie began radiation treatment. “Post treatment, I was dealing with the reality of what I had just been through, so I was not good about eating healthy or working out.”
Chrissie was getting really frustrated with having to buy baggy clothing to hide the way she looked. “I have always struggled with my weight and body image, especially after cancer treatment. I hated what I saw when I looked in the mirror. I would only wear baggy clothes to hide my body. I had almost no self-confidence, no self-esteem and very little self-love,” she says.
At the diagnosis of her brain tumor, Chrissie was given a 50/50 chance of survival. “I survived! But I knew I owed it to myself to be the healthiest version of me,” explains Chrissie. “God gave me this second chance of life and I just knew it was time to take care of my physical and mental health and lose the weight.”
When a Nutrisystem® commercial with Marie Osmond came on her TV, she knew it was a sign that it was time to make a positive change. “I have been a huge fan of Marie Osmond for some time. I knew that she endorsed the program because it worked for her and she truly believed in it,” says Chrissie.
Chrissie set a New Year’s resolution and signed up for Nutrisystem right then and there! “Everyone makes resolutions at the start of the new year. I always had in the past but was not always great at sticking to them,” she says. On that day in January, Chrissie decided to start her weight loss journey. “Life was almost taken away from me so I decided to start this Nutrisystem journey so that I could begin to love myself again.”
Her New Year’s resolution was to become the healthiest version of herself, both mentally and physically. She no longer wanted food to be her enemy. “Saying that resolution out loud and writing it down made me feel as though I was holding myself accountable,” says Chrissie. “We’ve all made resolutions we don’t keep, but I was determined to keep this one. I knew I needed a structured but simple program and that’s exactly what Nutrisystem is.”
Like with any new lifestyle change, Chrissie was a bit intimidated to get started with her Nutrisystem plan. However, once she received her first order with instructions, she was put at ease. “Nutrisystem lays out everything so clearly for you,” she says. “I started seeing results right away and that just gave me even more motivation to stick with it and lose the weight.”
Chrissie took advantage of all the support Nutrisystem has to offer. She followed the meal plan on the NuMi® app and also used the app to access guides, tips and recipes. When she had a question, she reached out to Nutrisystem Weight Loss Coaches. “With Nutrisystem, you are given all the tools you need to succeed,” says Chrissie. “It also took the stress of picking a healthy meal away.”
Nutrisystem taught Chrissie how to eat correctly and that food is not the enemy. Her favorite Nutrisystem meal is the Three Cheese Chicken lunch entrée. When preparing her own meals and snacks, she has learned to make much healthier choices. “I reach for more veggies instead of chips and more protein instead of sugar. I am less stressed about choosing a meal and am confident in my choices thanks to the tools I’ve learned from the program.”
One of her favorite Flex meals to make is turkey taco salad. She has also mastered the art of putting together healthy snacks combos! Some of her favorites include apples with peanut butter, whole wheat crackers with cheese, Greek yogurt with granola, and red bell peppers with spreadable cheese and a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning.
Chrissie has lost 34 pounds* on the Nutrisystem program. “Nutrisystem made my New Year’s resolution come true! Because of the program, I feel 100% better now than I did before I started,” she explains. “I truly feel like a new me! I love this healthy version of me and I now have the motivation to never go back to how I felt before the program.”
Throughout her weight loss journey, Chrissie has learned that she is her best self when she is healthy, both mentally and physically. “Because of Nutrisystem, I love myself again and I have confidence and self-esteem! I got rid of all my baggy clothes and now wear outfits that fit correctly,” she says. “It is so nice to hear the compliments from others, but it means so much more to look in the mirror and be happy with my body image and to just love myself again. Nutrisystem has given me my confidence, self-esteem and self-love back. I am so much happier now than I was before I lost the weight. I am forever grateful to the program for that.”
Going into 2021, Chrissie has a new resolution: “My updated resolution is to maintain my weight and healthy lifestyle and to look for the good and positive aspects in every day,” says Chrissie. “The world can seem crazy and chaotic right now but there is still good to be found in every day, every moment. I want to go into 2021 with a positive mindset and hold onto that throughout the year.”
*Real Success Story. Expect to lose an avg 1-2 lbs per week.