Oprah: Marie Osmond Recaps Her Weight Loss With NutriSystem

Marie Osmond 's Weight Loss on NutriSystemJun 1, 2011 – Even though Oprah Winfrey and her Oprah Show has officially “Gone Fishing”, Oprah’s “Ultimate Viewers” have the benefit of getting their inspiration through her reruns called The Best Of Oprah.  One such airing is Losing Weight in the Public Eye With Star Jones, Valerie Bertinelli & Marie Osmond. Even though it originally aired April 1, 2009, the message is still relevant today as women across America continually battle with weight issues and related health problems as they deal with the everyday pressures of work and family.  Marie Osmond, mother of eight, knows a little about that! But when she finally committed to a diet plan and exercise she lost 45 pounds in four months!

She has been working and dealing with weight issues since she was a kid!  In her interview with Oprah she recalls at 14 years old, when trying to establish The Donny and Marie Show, producers told her that if she didn’t lose weight, the show would be canceled. She went from about 110 pounds to 93 pounds! No Pressure! She agrees at 14 years old that was pretty stupid on the part of the producers and the attitude of the entertainment industry in general.

But fast forward some 34 years later and pressure and stress seems to be the common denominator as Marie hit her highest weight of 165 pounds.  The pressures and stress of being a working mother of eight, marital issues and her mother’s illness and stroke took it’s toll. “I’m working full time and I was getting worn out and I ate for the energy,” she said.

Her family appealed to her to get healthy. Her mother on her deathbed said, ‘Marie, don’t do what I did..We weren’t smart like you can be. ” Marie’s oldest son said, “All of us got together, Mom, and we love you, and we want you to be around for our kids, your grandkids. We don’t want you to be like grandma. …You are beautiful at any weight but you are not healthy. ”

Realizing the health risks involved with being overweight, Marie was determined to change her lifestyle.  Marie says. “Heart disease is terrible in my family, and all the women have been taken because of it, and I was showing every sign of it—I couldn’t breathe. I remember I was out getting ready for a Christmas tour, and I couldn’t cross the stage without panting. My knees were hurting.”

She said she chose Nutrisystem because she studied all the programs and Nutrisystem was heart healthy.  It was smart, and it made sense for me. It was also easy—no stress, no weighing things, no measuring things. I could just grab it off the shelf and go.  The biggest thing that they taught me is to eat again.

Once Marie committed to following a diet plan and exercising—this time in the form of ballroom dancing—she says she lost 45 pounds in four months! Marie started NutriSystem around the same time that she appeared on Dancing with the Stars. But she said her kids were her biggest motivation.

When your family asks you to get healthy, Marie says you have all the motivation in the world. “I could sure use my mother in my life right now, and I just couldn’t do that [to my kids],” she says. “We can lose weight for many reasons—we can do it to look good or to get in those tiny little jeans. But I’m telling you, health is the only way. Not only health physically, but health mentally.”

Now she says her knees don’t hurt anymore, she can dance out on the stage every night, and she can now ride bikes with her six year old daughter.

Marie Osmond is the author of the book called “Might As Well Laugh About It Now” in which she writes about the milestones in her personal and public life, as well as her missteps.

 

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