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Thanks so much for the review — definitely gives me hope! I really liked your story. Shakes made me sick. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog because it lead me to yours! Thank you so much Amy! For the first time, in a very long time, I feel inspired and hopeful.
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East Dane Designer Men's Fashion. As a matter of fact, I would start some kind of diet every Monday. I tried several different diets on my own. I cut out carbs, sweets, and calorie intakes. Other diets were boring and felt like a waste of time since I never felt any changes. I would often kid around with my husband by telling him that he was actually only married to half of me. I finally decided to take control and do something about my weight. It was January 5, I mentioned to my husband that I was going to try Nutrisystem.
I was spectacle since no other diets seem to work. I headed to my local Walmart and purchased a Nutrisystem five day weight loss kit which included fifteen entrees and five desserts.
I was a bit embarrassed as I walked through the store carrying a box of Nutrisystem. I felt like people were staring as I left the store. He believed me this time and even made a choice to diet with me. He wanted to be supportive. One way was by not having tempting foods in the house. This was a big plus. No temptations, no regrets while gritting my teeth as we passed by the doughnut shop. When I got home and opened my Nutrisystem box, there were a few guidelines to follow to achieve my goal.
Wait, do I have a goal? I never really thought about setting a goal, I just wanted to lose weight. The first morning I grabbed my cup of coffee and sat down to a tiny little Nutrisystem muffin and a glass of fusion energy juice. I was hungry all day. Nutrisystem labels snacks as either Power Fuels or Smart Carbs. The kit included a list of this type of foods and servings allowed for each.
The truth is, I was eating the wrong things to achieve any positive results. I added healthy snacks between my meals such as fresh avocado, yogurt and mixed nuts. The days got easier. By the third day of sticking to the plan which was a big accomplishment for me , I was already feeling more energy and less bloating. This motivated me to do another week. Weeks went on and I continued following the Nutrisystem diet.
So, how long does Nutrisystem take to work? It works within the first few days. Each day I made sure to drink at least 64 oz of water and light exercise, which usually included twenty minutes of hula hooping. With the help of my Fitbit, I made a goal to get in at least steps in per day. I used the MyfitnessPal app to keep a log of my daily food and calorie intake. Here I was able to make other friends from a Nutrisystem support group who were reaching for the same goals.
The weekends were challenging as we chose to go out to our favorite restaurants. I ordered off the Lite menu or A La Carte. The hardest part was avoiding the chips and dip at the Mexican restaurant. This usually resulted in me actually sitting on my hands. Yes the struggle was real here. The second week was easier. I finally set a goal to lose 30 lbs. I really wanted to get into a new Easter outfit. I was still buying Nutrisystem by the week from Walmart. Does Nutrisystem from Walmart or Costco work?
It sure did for me. I looked forward to my next meal. I got hungry between meals sometimes. This is when I would snack on foods such as almonds, kale chips or nonfat yogurts. I purchased some Nutrisystem shakes to use between meals also.
They are delicious and will knock out the hungry feelings or cravings. I only lost 2 lbs the second week but it was still a loss. By the third week, I noticed my health was improving.
I no longer suffered from heartburn and acid reflux. I felt good and best of all I was losing weight. By now, I knew this was the diet for me and was ready to keep going. I decided to give in and purchase through Nutrisystem. While I was online ordering I chatted with a representative about my plan options and payment concerns. She was very informative as she helped me make my first purchase. Once I became a member, there were tools on the website that helped me achieve my goal.
I entered my height and weight, how many pounds I wanted to lose and it set a calorie goal for me. I needed calories a day to achieve my desired weight loss goal of 30 lbs. I was able to choose days worth of food from the menu. A couple days later a large box showed up at my door. I stocked my pantry and the journey continued. After one month the whole diet thing was easier as I was no longer craving foods like before. The cravings were not completely gone but walking away from a piece of cake or pizza was no longer a challenge.
I had my own Nutrisystem goodies such as chocolate, pizza, potatoes, muffins and more. I stepped on the scales and smiled as I had lost a total of 11 lbs in one month. This earned me a Nutribear.
Nutrisystem will award a new bear for every 10 lbs. New eating habits were not my only struggle. To accomplish success, this required me to give up food and wine outings with friends. I turned down invites as this would lead to binge eating and they would not understand. One day while exercising and listening to music, I began to get emotional and felt alone. I felt like everyone had abandoned me. I was even snubbed by some of my overweight friends and family. Some of the people I work with picked on me.
I would just toss it in the trash and carry on with my day. They can be judgmental as well. Calling someone too skinny can be just as painful as calling someone fat.
However, my husband and daughter were my biggest fans on this journey. My husband continued complementing me on how good I look and how proud he is of me. He never complained that we did not go out to eat as much as we used to or that I no longer cooked meals. He pushed me to exercise and eat healthy.
It was definitely an emotional rollercoaster at times. At the same time, reading other people's testimonies and reviews of the Nutrisystem diet was encouraging and inspiring, too. My size twelves were getting too big. Though I was actually enjoying wearing them loose, I knew at this rate I would need some new clothes. Grabbing a few pairs of jeans in a size 10, and one in a size 8 just for fun, I dashed into the dressing room.
They were a little snug but I was still a comfortable ten. However, I did buy a pair of yoga pants to walk in. When I got home, I put on those jeans I had in my closet and took my first ever mirror selfie. I was half way to my goal and I now had the confidence that I would reach it. By week ten, I was still enjoying all the food and health benefits of Nutrisystem.
I still had 10lbs to lose to reach my goal but I started getting discouraged. I love your heartfelt writing, your candor and your honesty.
I resolve to plan ahead with lunch this year. I do pretty well on dinners but love the prepare salad veges ahead of time idea. I am also loving the fluffy oatmeal recipe, off to try it now although here in Australia is it 30 degrees celcius here, our summer and may be a little hot! I love the plan ahead nature of breakfast too. If I was to make a massive pot for five days would I just times all the ingredients by 5? I am so excited to find this site. Thank you for sharing your story with everyone, I am happy to know that there is someone out there that did look like me and successfully changed there life, I have been up and down on my weight since I can remember, I have started eating right and exercising more, but I do enjoy the good things but in moderation.
Thank you and good luck on your ventures. I love your site. I am so glad I found it. I was at my heaviest recently lbs and I am now down to and my first goal is to reach lbs. Thank you for sharing your very inspirational and motivating story. I am so excited to hear that you are writing 2 books. Thank you so much Amy! Yes, the first book to be released Spring will be a weight loss memoir. The second is a cookbook: I just happened upon your blog and love, love, love it!
I came across your blog through Pinterest. I am so inspired by your story and your journey! I also struggled and continue to sturggle with my weight. Hearing your story is def great motivation and inspirational. I cant wait to try some of your recipes and i also cant belive you lost weight in Italy!! So excited to start my journey. First of I am from Walpole so this is exciting and am currently in the whole weightloss stage, I have more to loose than you and you are inspiring.
It makes me feel so good to read this blog and encourages me. I just need to make changes and move more. Thank you for this. So I have finally decided to leave a comment. I come and check on your blog about twice a week for the past year or so. Can You Say for Dinner? I literally had to come to this post to find that your name is Andie. So hello Andie Mitchell, my name is Kyle. I just wanted to thank you for the many amazing recipes and stories.
I have been a pescetarian for the past 4 years and your blog gave me that love for food again. Seeing your pictures of the beauty of food has made me appreciate it again. It has really grown into a passion for me, thanks to you. So I just wanted to thank you. His all time favorite is the Roasted Broccoli.
He can never have enough!! I have tried 2 of the recipes already and am doing another tonight. I am diabetic and trying to lose 35lbs and you have recipes in here that I can eat and not feel guilty. I love Your blog. The recipes are a blast and fun! And thanks for sharing your journey. So appreciate What You Do! You are a great writer and your story of weight loss is one that I share.
I will be back for more. I found your blog from a recipe posted on Pinterest by one my favorite authors Laurie Notaro. I have been eating better and living a generally better lifestyle for a few months now, and all the good ideas I can find, the better!
Thanks for the help!!! I have struggled with my weight for most of my 39 years. Thank you for sharing…. What a wonderful, inspiring blog!! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us— and continuing to do so: I am so excited to have found you! You are honest with yourself and here on your blog.
You have given me inspiration to be a better person for me. The candy store by my house makes a jalapeno stuffed with peanut butter, dipped in chocolate. They ship too, but I think that you should make them and then make a blog post about how to make them, so I can make them too! I love your website. I have been overweight all my life, like you I reached a point not long ago where it was scary… so far I am 20lbs lighter and still moving.
The sad thing is I actually work in fitness, I help other people get healthy but for a long time I had a false perception of myself. Your blog has added a whole new outlook to some of the ideals I have been looking into. I just wanted to say thank you! I will recommend this to many of my clients. I am embarking on this journey myself. Your blog is my new favorite website! You are a gem and an absolute inspiration! I look forward to your books.
I am officially your new fan: So hello, my name is Michelle and I am now an official Andie follower: I just spent the last several minutes reading through your weight loss journey. I am now hoping to keep coming back and checking in on you and your blog. I have to tell you, that your story was so impressional not only because of the success, but also because in the one photo of you with a friend uncovering a grill, you look so much like my own 20 year old daughter! We have both been eating healthier for the past few months and we have both taken off over 15 pounds, but we have a long ways to go.
You are a real cutie! Great choices of food and recipes. Absolutely great food photography. Hello beautiful lady and lover of food, A friend of mine who follows my blog shared a link with me, your fab blog and I am so glad to meet you. Please come to my blog and we will have a cup of musings together. We have much in common. I am also hoping to publish a book which would be the ultimate achievent for a whimsical dyslexic but quietly determined chocolate lover like me. Just another thing, how do you even go about being published?
I have a great idea and almost manuscript for a book but I dont know what to do now? I found the buffalo chix wraps on Pinterest, then read more of your blog. Interesting story, great writing. Funny I have been a runner from high school. But I do think geez…do I have to work out the rest of my life?
It feels great to be healthy and strong, but sometimes it feels like an endless chore! I cried all the way through your bio posts… Everything you said, from the injury to the semester in Italy, resonated with me. I am rethinking my goals as I begin my get-healthy journey. I am going to stay tuned for whatever else you have in store! I nominated you for the Sunshine Award! You can find the picture at http: Rules for the Sunshine Award: Link the award to the person who gave it to you.
Answer the questions that come with it. Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it. Hi Andy I love your travel adventures, my boyfriend and I are planning on going to Cancun this summer, coud you tell me how did you transport from Cancun to Belize and CostaRica at a low cost?
You are hilarious, gorgeous, real, fantastic, and addictive. Maintaining is my biggest fear looming somewhere in the future — thanks for calming me down. I just love your website! The more I find in it, the more I love it. I found you on Pinterest and am so glad I did!
Thank you for sharing your journey…and you recipes! I found your website looking for a whipped frosting. I look forward to reading about your weight loss and how to keep it off. I stumbled across this page thanks to pinterest! I have been trying to get into a more healthy habits like eating and exercising, but the food I always see looks horrible and I am not a big fan of exercising either!
After reading a few of your blogs so far, I am truly inspired to lose some weight and even become Paula Deen along the way. Your recipes look amazing and you are truly an inspiration for many! I will definitely be purchasing both of your books once they are on the market! A beautiful story from a beautiful person.
You are where I dream to be one day. P and now I am on the path at 7 or so lbs. Interestingly I have found through journaling that my eating habits though not the best were not the main problem.
I need to constantly remind myself to just get up and move every day and things will happen. Your bit about the green field being the same whether you are lying and crying or spinning and laughing… well something to that effect have touched me! Andie, I just came across your site today, and just spent the past two hours reading as much as I could! You are an extremely good writer, and I feel as if I know you by just reading your words. Your journey amazes me and inspires me, and I guess I just want to say thank you.
I look forward to trying some of your recipes, and because of you I now have a strong sudden urge to go on a nice relaxing walk. I love your site and thanks for the granola bar recipe yesterday! Looking forward to knowing more about you and your recipes.
I am really looking forward to trying out your recipes they all look so delicious and healthy! I think your recipes will be a great help over the next year!! Accidentally found your blog while searching for can tuna recipes and loved your blog! Your story is so inspirational and so true!
Thanks for sharing your story and keep me motivated: Thanks for sharing your story and keep me motivated! I have no words except WOW!
You are an amazing person, and an inspiration for so many! I was searching for dinner ideas on Google and your site came up. I clicked on it and began reading, and was teary-eyed when I finished! Thank you, thank you for sharing your life story. I am going to read every single post on your site! Reading about your exercise history and what you miss from pounds ago help to put a lot of things into perspective.
Thank you for your experience and your honesty. Thanks for taking the time to share! Happened to find your blog by chance on pinterest! And never too late to write about it either-thanks for the inspiration! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I just finished reading your entire blog. All the stories and scanned a few recipes. I laughed and cried. But mostly just gave myself time to chew on the truths presented and how they mirrored many of my own struggles. Thank you for sharing you life, heart, struggles and triumphs!
I have been blessed by you and your blog this morning. And, have taken away many nurturing offerings that I will continue to chew on and apply to my life.
I am currently in the midst of my weight lost journey and when I started, I tried to find other success stories from women of my same height and weight… which is incredibly close to yours… and also I love food… good food… and travel.
After reading all of your post I found a kindred spirit. Someone who loved the feel of good fashion and cheap junk food: Your blog has been an inspiration and above that I adore really good writing, which you master in a wonderful, simple, enthralling way. I stubbled upon your blog and I have been reading for 2 hours now!
You are my new inspiration! I have slowly been losing for the past 2. I focus on food instead of the people or activity at family gatherings and social events. I research healthy eating, plan meals, make grocery lists. Food consumes my life and I feel trapped in a prison. When I try to control my portions and diet, I miss the quantity of food- not the type of foods necessarily.
What I really want is love from my parents. Addiction to food does seem the hardest to break free from compared to all other addictions. We need food to survive. There are times I wish I could. I envy people who eat without having any thoughts or emotions while they eat. But I can see, like you said, that I have to make peace with it. I need to view food for what it really is- not as my enemy or as my source of love. In November , during the fall semester of my senior year at college, I reached my goal weight.
I had more energy and confidence. I could wear clothes I wanted to and truly felt pretty. I felt strong and fearless, like I could do anything I tried rock-climbing, white-water rafting, scuba diving after I was able to lose the weight. Just as you described, I had no idea how to maintain this weight loss and live a balanced life in relation to eating and exercise. I felt exhausted after kicking my butt punishing my body through running and not allowing myself to indulge in foods I enjoyed for 9 months.
I felt overwhelmed by the thought that I would have to keep up this level of activity and strictness of diet in order to stay at my ideal weight.
So I started to relax and reward myself. I slowly stopped running, cutting 1 day out of the week at a time. I gradually started to stretch my stomach back out as I overate several times a week.
I remembered how fat and uncomfortable I felt and I never wanted to feel that way again. Yet, here I am. I have so many good reasons- numerous motivations- to lose the weight again. But your story of success is so encouraging to me. I hope I will be one of those people one day.
Your candid accounts of your childhood, relationship with food in the past and present is liberating. Looking forward to your books. I just want you to know that I came on this website by chance while looking for a cupcake recipe and ended up finding inspiration. I mean, you—your past self—you look like me. Past the lb mark, looking for a way out. All the best to you, and keep on with your wonderful recipes and awesome blog!
I love your blog — some fantastic looking recipes and a beautiful photo of you too. Congratulations on your weight loss — what a feat! I just discovered your site via Pinterest. I had to let you know how much I like your site, everything about it. Your cooking speaks to my palate and your writing is fantastically entertaining.
You inspire me to be a better blogger! I love your blog, I found it a few weeks ago and have tried some of the recipes. Did you change they way it is laid out? I felt like I was reading something written by me, in the future.
Anyway, well done, and congratulations on your book deal. Loving your new blog style, but where oh where did the recipe index go? My mommy of 3 brain is not strong enough to remember even approximates of when you may have posted to go back through pages and pages of blog entries: