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First question I got is What are some vital healthy Nutrisystem diet tips? Many thanks for any response. 2nd question I got is.. First of all, it's good to be back. I have missed interacting with you over the past 6 months or so. I would pop back in every once in a while, but in reality avoiding this discussion board was a symptom of a larger beast I was fighting..

To the vets - it is great to see you again. I'm glad to see the successes and humbled by some who like me are struggling with the overall process. New members - Nutrisystem works great! It's the other part that I'm still a rookie with - maintaining when you take breaks from the plan for whatever reason..

I have restarted Nutrisystem this week after basically a six month vacation, during which I gained back a lot of weight. Just now making the decision to restart (which I did several times over the 6 months but couldn't stick with it), I have started the process of analyzing what went wrong. I still don't know all of the answers, but I think I'm ready to start sharing my experience. I am doing this for three reasons - 1)to try and get my life back in order, 2)to admit my failures so I can start fixing them, and 3)to provide to you the story of one who was once an Nutrisystem legend and who now sits humbled before you after falling WAY off the wagon. I am the Leif Garrett of NS! I hope my experience sheds light for others so you don't have to go through the same thing I did..

The problem is - as I write this, I think this restart is going to stick, but I can't be 100% sure. I have family support again, as I always have. I think I finally have the desire to get back to the new physical body I had when I hit my low of 236 on May 31, 2008. My hope is that by soul-searching and publicly admitting my failures, I can avoid them when I begin to look around at other foods that create the problems for me..

When I started gaining the weight back, I wasn't in denial of that fact, but I had convinced myself that losing weight was easy, and at any time I could start again and get back the losing momentum. Up until last week, I was still in the belief that whenever I was ready, I would get started again. NOT THE CASE! I think the low point was when the realization hit that I could not do this by myself, coupled with the low self-esteem that I was already experiencing because my new skinny clothes didn't fit anymore. The mental hit was devastating. I have always been up front about the depression I fight. It just about got too big for me, but it took a jolt like that to I guess wake me up and understand I needed help..

Now that I'm back, I'm looking for signs that may have presented themselves over the past 6 months that perhaps I could have observed to stop the upward spiral of my weight, combined with the downward spiral of my self-esteem. I have spent a lot of time thinking about this since I restarted Nutrisystem on Monday of this week. I hope to come up with some semi-concrete answers that I and others can use to try and prevent this from happening again..

For now, just admitting my failures and posting here today has been a good start. My first day to step on the scales since July was on Wednesday, and I weighed 303 (after a satisfying NS-induced mega-dump!) I have officially gained back 67 pounds, a little over half of my original weight loss. It's time to stop and get back in the right direction..

I'm sorry this is so long. Respond if you would like. I want this to be as helpful to others as I hope it will be to me. I'm going to post this on the blogs as well as here in the Men's Room because I have friends in both places..

Gentlemen - losing weight is easy. Keeping the weight off is now the hardest fight of my life. Good luck to us all!.

Grace and Peace - Bandmaster..

asked Apr 21 at 16:25

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That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably know..

answered Apr 21 at 17:37

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Thanks BM I needed that.


Show us you're the mentor we remember...

answered Apr 21 at 18:43

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As I said the other day Welcome Back BM. You know what it takes and you have what it takes. You have done it before. Once again you.


Be a Nutrisystem success story...

answered Apr 21 at 20:21

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Welcome back BM and thanks for sharing your struggles with us. I have no doubt your success story will be an incredible one this time around as well. It's good to have you back on the wagon!..

answered Apr 21 at 21:18

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Hang in there, BM!.

While I haven't ordered a Triple B since Nov 07, I still hang around here, it helps keep me focused on watching what I eat. I still weigh in every week, but what really burns me is that I never hit my goal of 180. Close, but no cigar. I'm seriously considering going back to 100% Nutrisystem for a month or two, maybe that will get me over the hump..

Anyway, enough about me. You know it works, that's why you're back, and you know you can do it!..

answered Apr 21 at 21:33

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We can make that journey together. What I have come to call "on-plan my way" as it turns out is also called maintenance. I've been practicing for maintenance for the last several months. Other than the 3 days I went with no product, I have been on-plan the right way for the last few weeks. Now that my BBB was delivered I have been back 100% for the last 2 days. And just had a hell of a BM.

I kinda missed all this sphincter activity..

I understand depression from a unique perspective. As you know, I'm one of the few people alive that knows what it feels like to take that final step and live to tell the tale. Thanks to my V.A. Pshrynk and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (300mg Effexor XR a day) I've finally got control of the my dark demons inside. I wish you all the best on that front. Never be ashamed to ask for help. I'll keep you in mind the next time I have occasion to talk with my higher power...

answered Apr 21 at 22:46

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You may have tripped but you haven't fallen..

Some of us out here still look up to you...

answered Apr 21 at 23:43

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BM, you know that some fights are harder than others. The biggest mistake for those of us with depression or anger issues is thinking anything will be "easy." Accepting that you have a fight on your hands means that you are willing to put up a fight to reach your goals. Glad to see you aren't waving the white flag. Stay after it...

answered Apr 22 at 00:28

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As a relative newbie (2months), your story is inspirational to me. Hope to see a lot more of you around here..


answered Apr 22 at 02:08

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