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Avocados from Mexico Prize Pack Winner!

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Thank you to all who entered the Avocados from Mexico prize pack giveaway.  I’m thrilled to announce the winner. Congratulations to:

Soha M.

Don’t forget to enter the current giveaway for a sampler case of Nakd gluten-free bars.  Entries close April 22nd.

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Nakd Bar Sampler Box Giveaway

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My doctor recently encouraged me to cut gluten out of my diet and it’s been a pretty easy transition except when it comes to snacking. That’s why I was happy to learn about Nakd healthy snacks.

The Nakd bars are made with natural ingredients with no hidden extras you don’t want like syrups or chemicals. The Nakd fruit and nut bars are just that and the Nakd Crunch bars have soya crunchies for extra protein.

All of the bars are gluten and dairy free and vegan friendly. The Nakd bars, made by Natural Balance Foods, are offered in 13 flavors including Rhubarb & Custard, Caffe Mocha, Cocoa Orange, Cashew Cookie, Pecan Pie, Berry Delight, Cocoa Mint, Ginger Bread, Cocoa Delight, Apple Crunch, Strawberry Crunch, Banana Crunch and Cocoa Crunch.

Nakd Bars Sampler Case Giveaway

Thanks to the generosity of Natural Balance Foods one Weight Chronicles reader will win the Nakd Sampler box which contains one bar in each of the 13 flavors!

Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and have a US mailing address. Use the rafflecopter form below to enter and good luck!
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Disclosure: I received no compensation and all opinions expressed are 100% mine.

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Last Nutrisystem D Update #NSNation

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It’s been three months since I started the Nutrisystem D plan as a NSNation blogger. During that time I varied off plan for a Caribbean cruise and recently due to illness.  Getting back on the plan’s tasty entrees and snacks from Nutrisystem D made me a loser -in the best way!

Nutrisystem D Results

I weighed in early due to a trip to visit my aunt and still lost a pound.  That brings my total to 10 pounds which is more success in such a short time frame than I’d had in about a year!

Week
Loss/Gain
Nutrisystem Total
Overall Total
1-4.4-4.4-25.8
2-1.2-5.6-27.0
3-1.4-7.0-28.4
4+1.2-5.8-27.2
5-.6-6.4-27.8
6-1.0-7.4-28.8
7-.6-8.0-29.4
8-1.0-9.0-30.4
9-1.0-10.0-31.4

Thoughts on Nutrisystem D

I don’t plan to continue on the Nutrisystem program at this time but wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others.  The pros for me:

1. Portion control.  Seeing what really constitutes a portion let me see that I had to readjust my understanding of what is “normal”.

2. Less cooking.  I still cooked vegetables, eggs and other side dishes but it was a lot easier than cooking dinner for two every night.

3. Taste.  I enjoyed everything in my orders except the meat loaf and mashed potatoes entree. Some of them I loved and couldn’t wait to have including the pizza, egg burrito and many others.

4. Results.  Like I said it took me four months last summer to lose five pounds so twice as much in a shorter time is wonderful news.

There obviously are some reasons I’m choosing not to continue at this time.

1.  Family meals. I actually miss cooking (don’t tell my husband) and want to eat the same meals as my husband on a regular basis.

2. Gluten.  My doctor thought it might be a good idea for me to try a gluten-free diet for arthritis relief and due to the link between gluten and hypothyroidism.

If you missed any of my earlier updates just click the Nutrisystem link on the menu bar at the top of the website. Learn more about Nutrisystem online or by calling (800) 321-THIN.

Disclosure: Nutrisystem is providing me with the meal plan in exchange for blogging about my journey with no other compensation.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

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Falling off the Nutrisystem Wagon #NSNation

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You might have noticed I didn’t provide a Nutrisystem update last week.  There were a couple of things going personally that derailed me. I was battling dental issues that resulted in last Friday’s root canal which was the first punch and not the last.

My aunt, who we thought had successfully battled cancer, was given the news it was terminal. It got worse within a very short time when she had to be admitted to hospice. This hit me hard and I couldn’t battle emotional eating after this second punch.

Taking care of the first issue has given me the internal strength to get back on the healthy living bandwagon. I started yesterday by tracking everything I ate even though it was a day of celebration.

Enjoyed a fit slam at Denny's.  I substituted grits for an english muffin.  I did not use that butter!

Enjoyed a fit slam at Denny’s. I substituted grits for an english muffin. I did not use that butter!

We started the day with a skinny latte like every other Sunday followed by a free slam at Denny’s. For lunch, we joined my husband’s brother and his wife at a steakhouse.

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This spinach salad was delicious and you can see I downed my first diet coke in two months!  The salad was followed by prime rib with baked potato and flourless chocolate cake for dessert.  I enjoyed every bite of this special occasion treat!

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This birthday girl was happy and grateful for such a wonderful day and refreshed for life’s challenges. If you have a prayer list, I’d appreciate you adding my aunt.

As my three months of following the Nutrisystem D plan comes to and end next week, I’ll update you with thoughts and weight loss results.

If you missed any of my earlier updates just click the Nutrisystem link on the menu bar at the top of the website. Check out the photos I post throughout the week on Twitter and Instagram. If you’re interested in joining me you can join Nutrisystem online or by calling (800) 321-THIN.

Disclosure: Nutrisystem is providing me with the meal plan in exchange for blogging about my journey with no other compensation.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

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Weekly Chronicles: Birthday Edition

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Today is my birthday and it’s one of those “special” ones that end with a 5 or a 0.  My husband is giving me the royal treatment all weekend especially after it started with the root canal Friday afternoon.

My dentist did an emergency procedure last Monday but referred me to an endodontist for the actual root canal.  I will go back to the endodontist in two weeks to fill the canals and then one last appointment at my regular dentist for the restoration.  Expensive!

My sister-in-law has the same birthday although different years.  We’ll be having a celebratory lunch today and I really looking forward to it.

Around the Web

Here are a few of my favorite posts from this week around the web.

Carla Birnberg shares her four pronged approach to aging without fear. I’m with her and as I add another year to my age it really doesn’t make a difference.  I feel the same inside.

Alan Ali, triathlete, is profiled at The Business of Losing Weight.  You might remember Alan as one of my four favorite vloggers. What an inspirational guy!

Double Chin Diary is walking 60 miles in three days to fight breast cancer.  I’m all for that!

If you love chocolate chip cookies but not the gluten check out this recipe at Nutri-Savvy’s Blog.

Weight Watcher Girl has a great looking recipe for Tex Mex Cabbage Casserole. It’s very low points and looks yummy.  Thanks to Nacho Mama for the heads up on this great blog.

Thinking about Yoga?  Read Yoga 101 from The Lean Green Bean and start bending!

Giveaways

Have you entered the Avocado Prize Pack giveaway yet?  It ends midnight ET on Tuesday, 4/8.

Two Savvy Sisters has a couple of giveaways I haven’t shared with you yet.  Enter to win a free product coupon for Purex Crystals before it closes Tuesday.  You also won’t want to miss the Caillou taking doll giveaway ending April 10th.

Enter to win skin care products by Third Day Naturals at Intoxicated on Life.  Entries close 4/10.

Grace Got Healthy has been having great success with Nutrisystem.  To celebrate she’s giving away four days of Nutrisystem food but you got to enter by April 15th.

Enter to win two packages of Beyond Meat Chicken Free Strips or Beefy Crumbles at Live from La Quinta before it closes tomorrow.

Fitful Focus is giving away a MacMillan audiobook.  Entries close Monday night.

Enter to win an Under Armour Armour Vent piece of clothing at Hip Healthy Chick before the giveaway ends April 10th.

Surviving and Thriving is giving away a coupon of the book “Couponing for the Rest of Us“.  Enter by Tuesday evening for a chance to win.

That’s it for another edition of Weekly Chronicles.  I’m off to celebrate.  Have a great Sunday!

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