HER STORY Convenience and child rearing are the catalysts that changed Jaclyn Fehringer from normal weight to overweight.
"It was a little bit of everything," says Fehringer, who is married with four girls, ages 10, 9, 8 and 5. "I was busy with the children. I wasn't focusing on what I was supposed to eat or how much. I ate anything quick and whatever leftovers there were from what I cooked for them."
She says dragging around the extra weight was a real problem with four active children.
"One day, I realized I didn't want my kids to just see me as someone sitting around," Fehringer says of her inactive lifestyle. "I wanted them to see me as someone taking control of my health. It was the best thing I could have done for my children."
Fehringer turned to Nutrisystem to learn how and what to eat and to practice portion control.
"The convenience of prepared meals was one of the reason I chose Nutrisystem," Fehringer says. "To make meals for myself and then make something separate for them wasn't an option."
She says that proper portion control was a huge wake-up call. "You can go out to dinner and eat all your day's calories in one meal," Fehringer says of the way she used to eat.
DIET After eight months on Nutrisystem meals, she has transitioned back to cooking her own food. She breakfasts on either egg whites and spinach or a protein shake. Lunch is a large salad with lots of vegetables and a protein. She does the same at dinner.
"Arugula and grilled chicken are mainstays on my plate," says Fehringer, who eats her last meal of the day by 7 p.m. "My husband has lost 25 pounds, thanks to the changes I've made."
EXERCISE She started with walking on a treadmill an hour a day. After losing 25 pounds, she began working with a personal trainer three times a week. She now takes boot camp and kickboxing classes five days a week.
ADVICE "I've learned that you have to dedicate yourself to what you want to change," Fehringer says.
She adds that you can't make excuses such as not having a healthy snack or meal with you and then grab a slice of pizza or other unhealthy foods. "It all came down to planning and commitment."
34, St. James
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom
220 Weight before Sept. 2010
145 Weight after Dec. 2013