Midlife Fitness & Weight Loss

I’m Trying Nutrisystem for Midlife Weight Loss

July 1, 2016

Note: This isn’t a sponsored post – just an honest review of my experiences trying out Nutrisystem.

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the famous quote about insanity from Albert Einstein, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” For the last three years, my weight has been trending up, seemingly no matter what I do until I finally found myself twenty pounds over the weight I’m comfortable at. I’ve tried all my usual ways of losing weight: exercising more and cutting back on calories and I’ve even tried a few new things such as Weight Watchers and 21-Day Fix.

Simply cutting back calories and exercising more didn’t work. It’s clear my metabolism has seriously changed. I’d eat salads for two weeks and not lose any weight, only to gain a pound from a single meal at a Mexican restaurant. And, unlike my carefree youth when the extra weight from a big meal would be gone in a couple of days, that pound was now my special friend that wouldn’t leave. And those pounds added

I found programs like Weight Watchers and 21-Day Fix too frustrating because they involved too much planning and thinking. I don’t always have a Sunday afternoon to plan out my food for the week and if I didn’t take the time to get my foods together for the week, then it was hard for me to eat according to the plan. I also felt like I was thinking about food all the time because I was having to plan everything out and think about what I should and shouldn’t be eating

I finally realized that what I really wanted was – for a bit at least – someone to put some meals together for me, hand them to me and then let me go about my life not thinking about what I need to do. And so, when Marie Osmond came on TV recently, I actually looked up and listened to what she had to say. And then, I went on the Nutrisystem website, and gave them my credit card.

It’s a substantial amount of money. I ordered the Uniquely Yours plan which is a mix of ready-to-go and frozen foods, along with the Turbo TakeOff, which is the first week quick start program designed to help you get started with some quick weight loss and my total cost for a month of food was 329.98. I paid 14.98 for expedited shipping because I was so eager to get started.

So what did I get for this? A good bit of food, some pamphlets explaining the program and access to the website with free coaching. I’ve read through the pamphlets, which are easy to understand and clear about the program. So easy in fact, that I haven’t really visited the website just because I feel like I haven’t needed it.

As for the quantity of food I received, well, it definitely seems like I’m getting my money’s worth!

Here's the food you get with Week One of Nutrisystem, the Turbo Takeoff

Here’s a picture of the Turbo Takeoff  Week One food. There’s a lot less food during week one because you’re focused on starting off with some quick weight loss, but you do get a shake in the morning and one in the afternoon and you’re encouraged to have four servings of vegetables per day.

Here's all the Nutrisystem prepared foods you get with the Uniquely Yours package.

Here's all the Nutrisystem frozen foods your get with the Uniquely Yours package. Delicious looking.

Here are all the other ready to eat foods and the frozen foods. So much food!

I’m already nearing the end of Week One and I can definitely say that I wouldn’t want to do more than a week of the Turbo TakeOff. I’m not starving, but every time a mealtime rolls around, I’m very hungry. However, I do feel like I’m learning to live with less food, which is a skill I needed to acquire. I’m hungry enough that I make sure I make sure that I eat all four vegetable servings and then some, which is fine because vegetables are unlimited and I need to focus on adding more vegetables to my life.

The food is tasty but portions are small this first week. I can see that that more food is coming my way in future weeks and that is making it easier to get through this week. The food for future weeks looks great: omelets for breakfast, black beans and rice for lunch, pretzels for snacktime, and chicken parmesan for dinner. I’m starting to drool. Did I mention this week has been challenging?

I’m hopeful this will work out for me. In fact, I’m so hopeful, I’m sharing a before shot to help keep me accountable.

Me before starting the Nutrisystem Uniquely Yours program

My Before Picture – Don’t I look Hopeful?

My goals is to lose the twenty pounds I’ve gained over the last few years which is a good weight for middle-aged me. I’ll post regular, honest updates as I go. Wish me luck!



  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski July 1, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Good Luck, Katy! Good for you for trying a different approach. I’m back on WW with coaching, but it is time consuming. I’m like you – if I don’t do something, I’ll just keep gaining.

    • Reply Katy July 2, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Thanks Cathy. I liked Weight Watchers but wanted a bit more structure. Hopefully this will work out. Good luck to us both!

  • Reply Amy Boggess July 2, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Good luck! I battle the same “demons” the weight around the middle. I have cleaned out all the junk out of my house and that is making it a little easier for me. Down 9 and 11 to go!

    • Reply Katy July 2, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Congratulations Any that’s so awesome. It’s not easy to make changes.

  • Reply Tom Reider July 3, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Katy. I’m on day 6 of the Turbo Takeoff and I can’t wait until day 7 is over. Like you I wanted someone to plan out my meals because I don’t have time to put all that thought into meal planning. So far the meals have been tasty but so tiny that I do find myself feeling hungry, stomach growling and a bit light headed now and then. One more day to go.

    • Reply Katy July 3, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      I haven’t been light headed Tom but definitely a bit of hunger. I feel like I’m already getting to the point where I’m adjusting. Tomorrow is my week 1 weigh in so fingers crossed for a good result!

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  • Reply Gilly Maddison July 15, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Good luck Katy! And if that doesn’t work, try alternate day fasting – it helped me shift weight that just appeared without me changing my already very healthy eating habits once I hit my 50s – that and regular aerobic exercise to keep my metabolism running faster. Hope it works for you – but from your picture you aren’t ‘fat’- you still have a shape! That’s not easy in mid-life.

    • Reply Katy July 15, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Thanks Gilly! I’ll be posting an update on Monday. Alternate day fasting sounds interesting and would help with a challenge I recently found – when you have to go out of town and can’t really follow the program.

  • Reply blogqueendiane July 15, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    I did Nutrisystem years ago and lost 10 pounds, so it does work! Good luck!

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