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Finding a Focus for my Blog After a Five Year Break

Finding a Focus for my Blog After a Five Year Break

I came back to the blogosphere a few months ago after taking a break from writing for about five years. When I started blogging Chase was  in elementary school, I stayed home while Grant worked all day and I loved being a mommy blogger because […]

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How to lose weight without working out

How to lose weight without working out

To start to lose weight without working out there were five main things  that I did. Before I give you the list, you should know that I’ve struggled with my weight since I was a teenager. It has always been up and down and I’ve  worn […]

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NutriSystem Reviews Update Weeks Four and Five NSNation Blogger

NutriSystem Reviews Update Weeks Four and Five NSNation Blogger

I’m a little behind in posting my Nutrisystem reviews weekly update because I’ve been on vacation with my family. During week four I lost one pound which put me at my goal of tens pound for the first month. I think that ten pounds in the first month with out sticking to a regular exercise schedule was awesome. After finishing my first month on the program I am very happy with the results and I love the food. Having the bars for breakfast and lunch choices are great if I’m in a hurry and I like having dessert and snack choices if I want a little something extra during the day.

NutriSystem Daily Tracker and Grocery Guide
NutriSystem Daily Tracker and Grocery Guide

Every shipment comes with a daily tracker booklet so that I can keep up with what I’m eating, how often I work out and make sure that I am drinking enough water. It includes a grocery guide that lists foods to buy from the grocery store that work best with my plan, including fruits, veggies, nuts, cheese and teas. I eat salads every day and add a little bit of fat free cheddar and fat free French dressing. I always keep vegetable or chicken stock and fresh herbs and garlic in the fridge to add to my lunch and dinner entrees. Caramelized onions with mushrooms and garlic are my favorite to add to the pasta dishes.

Week five was our summer vacation. We went to Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and Virginia for the week. I spent most days walking and sight seeing. We went out for lunch and dinner every day so I didn’t lose any weight this week but I didn’t gain any either. Each month my NutriSystem shipment includes a handy Eating Out Guide that lists the healthiest choices at many different restaurants and coffee shops so I still ate pretty healthy and watched my calories for most of the trip. I was really happy and super surprised when

NutriSytem Eating Out Guide
NutriSytem Eating Out Guide

I weighed myself after returning home and I was exactly the same. Next week I’ll be taking my measurements and I can’t wait to see the difference in the numbers. I can feel a huge difference in the way that my clothes fit and my legs and stomach look a lot smaller.

You can find information if you’re interested in joining here: nutrisystem.com/nsblog and follow me @MandaBlogsAbout on Twitter and look for #NSNation to find pictures and tips on how to make the meals taste homemade. I was given everything included in the program in exchange for sharing my experience using NutriSystem on Manda Blogs About…

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NutriSystem Update Week Three NSNation Blogger

NutriSystem Update Week Three NSNation Blogger

This week I lost two more pounds! That’s nine pounds in three weeks with out having an exercise routine that I was really sticking to. This week I’ve been exercising more. I’ve been jogging with Chase for five days and we did The Biggest Loser […]

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NutriSystem Update Week Two NSNation Blogger

NutriSystem Update Week Two NSNation Blogger

I’m weighing in every Monday as I start each new week on NutriSystem as a NSNation blogger. I’m really happy to say that I lost two more pounds! That’s seven pounds in two weeks! I’m really enjoying the food. I haven’t tried anything that I […]

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First Week of NutriSystem Update #NSNation

First Week of NutriSystem Update #NSNation

It’s the end of my first week of NutriSytem. Last Monday I officially started my NutriSystem plan and when I weighed in this Monday I had lost five pounds! I have to admit that I did stray from the plan on July 4th (I ate a turkey burger with bacon and some french fries which is my 4th of July tradition) and still managed to lose five pounds! My first week I followed the Fast Five plan which is a lot lower in calories than the plan I’ll be following from now on so the only exercise I did was walking for 30 minutes. It was a nice little weight loss jump start from the very beginning. Next week I’ll be eating more calories and doing high intensity work outs.

I feel like I was eating a lot more than usual but I usually skipped breakfast and had an energy drink for lunch then a giant dinner because I was starving from not eating all day! I see now that I was sabotaging my own efforts at losing weight. I also usually avoided carbs and sweet stuff but with my NutriSystem plan I’m eating muffins, ice cream, fettuccine alfredo, and steak and cheese sandwich pockets! The plan teaches you how to eat properly sized portions to control your calorie intake and  balance out meals with fruits and vegetables so that you don’t avoid any food groups and you don’t end up hungry.

The food tastes great and I’m learning how to add spices and veggies to make it taste even better. You can follow me @MandaBlogsAbout on twitter and look for #NSNation to find pictures and tips on how to make the meals taste homemade. As I try more of the food I’ll post more about specific entrees.

NutriSystem Lasagna with Meat Sauce
NutriSystem Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Here’s what dinner looks like. This is the lasagna with meat sauce and a chopped salad with a glass of iced tea.

I just added a little garlic and onion powder, salt, pepper and parsley to freshen up the sauce.

I will continue to update my progress every week and share my menu tweaks and recipes.

You can find information if you’re interested in joining here: nutrisystem.com/nsblog.  I was given everything included in the program in exchange for sharing my experience on Manda Blogs About…

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NutriSystem Blogger Week 1 #NSNation

NutriSystem Blogger Week 1 #NSNation

Today is my official start as a Nutrisystem blogger for #NSNation. For the next three months I’ll be blogging about my weight loss experience using NutriSystem and posting updates every week. You can find information if you’re interested in joining here: nutrisystem.com/nsblog.  I was given everything […]

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Bulu Box Coupon Code and Review

Bulu Box Coupon Code and Review

[wp_ad_camp_1] I’m super excited to be a Bulu Box brand ambassador because I love their monthly subscription box service. It’s full of samples of healthy new vitamins, snacks and supplements. I waited a few months to write a review so that I could try out […]

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