(buff mama monday) goodbye nutrisystem and thank you

This is officially my last day on Nutrisystem. I’ve been putting off writing this post because goodbyes are always hard, especially if you’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve been putting off writing this post because I’m scared of the unknown hope that I take what I’ve learned from the program and run with it. I’ve also been putting off writing this post because, if you couldn’t already tell, I’m sorta in a weight loss/running funk right now and I don’t want to leave on a bad note.

Ya’ll already know that I signed up for my very first half marathon and I’m completely insane for it, well I haven’t had a good run in 2 weeks. Usually when I run, I feel the endorphins kicking in and it totally clears my mind. That hasn’t been the case for 2 weeks. I dread running now, like really dread it. When I’m running, I’m thinking about how much longer I have to go and all I want to do is stop. Something that was once therapy and “me time” for me is now work. On top of that, I haven’t been getting enough sleep (my own fault) and I’ve been dealing with shin splits. I’m nervous about not being able to finish the half. I’m nervous that I might have jumped the gun a bit and I should have started with a more realistic goal. Basically, I have the runners low (google it, it totally exists).

After taking a much needed break off last week from buff mama monday and running, perspective hit me. A year ago, I couldn’t run for a minute straight to save my life. I was 20lbs heavier. Look at how much I’ve accomplished in a year! I once thought that running a 5k was a far fetched, unattainable goal…but I did it. Not only did I do it, but I’m now doing it basically every other day! That is a huge accomplishment people! I say that not to toot my own horn, but because I’m genuinely proud and amazed of the hard work I’ve put in. I honestly didn’t think I could do it.

THIS is what I’ve learned from Nutrisystem. To get back up on the horse treadmill and keep going. That you are going to have good weeks and bad weeks, and that your bad weeks will make you stronger. That this is a journey, a painfully slow journey, and not a race. That you don’t have to starve yourself to lose weight, but that you can and should be healthy about it.

Even though I’m in this strange running funk right now, I’m going to keep going. Keep pushing myself in this journey. We’ll see what happens, I might just surprise myself. Thank you Nutrisystem, from the bottom of my heart, for jump starting my weight loss journey and teaching me so much more in the process.

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I'm Vanessa and it's my mission in life to spread my love of hot glue guns and glitter to others. I suffer from craft ADHD, regularly working on at least 10 projects at the same time and my craft room looks like a tornado hit it. My first craft book, Party in a Jar, was published in 2014. I look forward to crafting with you!


  1. Annie says

    I hear ya. I wonder if it’s just a seasonal thing? We’ve been sick here, so I didn’t run for almost two weeks (gasp!). Before I got sick, I was busting out 9 milers like no one’s business, but now I can barely run 3-4 miles without just about passing out at the end. Because I’m running shorter distances I have gone back to my old “beginner” haunts, and at least I can still easily go up hills that I struggled with just starting out, so that makes me feel better and really pushes me through to the end of my work out. So maybe that could work for you? Go back to your roots, run those old runs and see just how much faster you are to get to that one goal post that used to kill you, or just how much more energy you have to really heft the stroller to such and such distance. It’s working well for me (even if I’m still in that funk).

    • Annie says

      You look fantastic by the way. Maybe print this picture out and put it in your workout bag for a little pick me up?

      • Vanessa says

        Thank you Annie!! Sometimes I feel like the same old fat me…I definitely need a positive reminder of how far I’ve come! I think I will go back to my old runs, great idea!

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