*Nutrisystem product provided for facilitation of review, opinions, stories, and images are all my own. I freaked out after I looked a picture of myself and suddenly saw too much of ‘self’. I believe my version of SELFIE was one I never wanted to see again. About 2 years ago plus I began a vegan-like diet. My health had changed, I was having a lot of issues and I needed to help myself out. After seeking medical attention for ailments beyond my control, such as a thyroid condition, and a mal-functioning gall bladder, I decided it was time to change and my weight responded to this drastic eating deviation. I lost over 50 pounds by eliminating a lot of food choices out of my diet and I love what I did for myself. I cut my cholesterol, weight, inches and really began to feel like me again. However, I was still not dropping enough weight to get to the person that I had come to know and appreciate, MYSELF, from years before, because my waistline was still not back to the “old Dana” and my clothes just never hung right. I had always been 5’2″ and just 105 pounds, which is perfect for me. After a while, Vegan was a bit too restricting for my lifestyle, so I have made sure to just eliminate all forms of meat, meat products and most dairy using alternative forms. What a difference 20 pounds less might make? I have been successful but not winning any weight loss battles. I am not actually able to consume meat with my medical challenges so I get very creative in what I make to eat. Here is how I battled my weight and began living my life lavishly out loud on a weight loss journey that would change everything!
Meet Nutrisystem and Dana Vento, a match waiting to be made, and long overdue. My Early Years As a teen, I actually had Anorexia and my mother toted me to the doctor weekly to get weighed in. Lacking positive self-image, self-esteem and a love of my body, I just decided that not eating was better than eating and I really did not think about how it might affect me later in life. I was never heavy, or out of shape, so I will never be certain why I starved myself, but I have made sure to never follow that path of personal destruction and I have made steadfast eating changes that have brought me to this point in my life. It’s been a few years since I began challenging myself to lose the last bit weight I had gained after my medical battles. With three kids, I have to keep up and be on the move 24/7 and sometimes my energy lags. As for exercising, kick boxing was my favorite cardio sport and slowly I phased it out of my life, I still don’t know why. While I exercise daily whether biking, walking or some other cardio, it seems my weight won’t flux and for me this is a crisis. Something Has To Change My job which I love and cherish each day has provided me a lot of opportunities that also have created a bit of personal trauma/drama behind-the-scenes. As a blogger who is also a spokesperson, brand ambassador, brand specialist, photographed for National Magazines, and more, I have found myself behind the camera for photo shoots, video shoots, television and video, way beyond anything I could have dreamed up for myself.
While I am all over the place, and I feel blessed for every opportunity that comes my way, but getting prepared, dressed and photo’d have all come with a price, a blow to the self-esteem when I see the person in the photos, she is just not me. Where am I? Where Have I Gone? Honestly, I am pounding my way out of a paper bag to be me again and Nutrisystem is giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to peel back those layers and re-appear as me. Please join me in a series of change over the next few months as I work on getting rid of those 20 pounds.
While I have been told that I am at a good weight, I want to shed those pounds and feel good again. I want my energy back, and I want to wear anything and everything again without saying, ” Oh My G#$!” when I look in the mirror! I am refusing to give in to the idea that my one family member donated, “your body changes, and you will never get the weight off, because it is supposed to be there.” While they can keep stuffing the junk food and sweets in, I am making a change because it is possible to turn that scale down by 20 pounds. Get ready to watch me lavishly live life out loud as I attempt a new journey.