by Caitlin H,
Apr 17, 2023
Name: Hailey Nelson
Hometown: Hatfield, PA
Occupation: Financial Analyst
Meal Plan: Keto-Carb30
Favorite Meal: Southwest Hamburger
Start Date: mid-February
Starting weight: 211
Pounds Lost: 10 pounds
Activity Level: Daily 30-minute strength training workouts and treadmill walks
When I get a craving, my go-to trick is: I have a 90-calorie coconut chew I enjoy when I get a sweet tooth.
Hailey’s 32nd birthday weekend in February was filled with the kinds of things most people like to do on their birthdays — dinner and drink outings, celebrations with friends, and enjoying time with her fiancé.
But after that weekend, Hailey stepped onto the scale and quickly realized she had gained 5 pounds over those few days alone.
“I was also getting bored with everything I’d been eating,” Hailey said. “Most nights, I ate frozen dinners or chicken and rice. I was getting frustrated with my weight and the lack of quality food.”
At 5 feet, 5 inches tall, and 211 pounds, Hailey decided it was time to make a change.
“I don’t like to cook at all, so I know that’s not an option for me,” Hailey said. “I Googled things out there and found Diet-to-Go. It really piqued my interest.
Hailey, a financial analyst who works from home, said she has struggled with weight her entire life, all the way back to her elementary school days.
“I remember getting picked on for being one of the bigger kids,” Hailey said. “I really struggled with it.”
Hailey said her weight started to improve slightly in high school and that in college she was at her smallest following a challenging breakup.
“But I didn’t do it in a healthy way. I would go to the gym for hours and only eat one meal a day,” she said. “It wasn’t sustainable.”
Hailey said she started to gain weight again after she graduated and spent the next decade yo-yo dieting, trying different programs — none of which made a lasting impact. It was the desire to finally do it right that led her to order her first meal plan from Diet-to-Go’s Keto-Carb30 menu.
“I love how it’s delivered weekly and how everything is fresh,” she said. “I like the variety. I liked that the success stories on the website were real people like me.”
Hailey lost 10 pounds in one month and aims to lose about 50 total to reach her goal weight of around 160. She said she focuses on taking small steps and setting 10-pound weight loss goals to stay on track.
“It helps me be more patient by breaking it into smaller chunks,” she said. “I hate restarting — losing 10-20 pounds and then gaining it all back. I’m not going to keep doing that. Breaking it into chunks helps me remember, ‘Ok, you can’t stop. You have to keep going, or else you’ll have to restart again.’”
Hailey also incorporates fitness into her daily life. She and her fiancé converted their garage into a gym, allowing Hailey to do a 30-minute strength training workout during her lunch break.
“After work, I get on the treadmill and walk 2-3 miles while watching my favorite TV show,” she said. “I know it’s important to do since I sit all day at work — to get those 10,000 steps a day.”
Hailey said she plans on staying motivated with the help of her fiance and knowing she’s headed on a couple of vacations in early summer.
“I’ll be in a bathing suit, so that’s a big motivator for me to get as close to my goal weight as possible ahead of those trips,” she said.
She added that the convenience of Diet-to-Go will play the most significant role in getting her there.
“I needed something that I could just pop in the microwave, and it was ready and still fresh without a bunch of preservatives,” Hailey said.
And that’s exactly what she gets with Diet-to-Go.
Hailey said she plans on switching to Diet-to-Go’s most popular plan, Balance, to move closer to her goal. The Balance Menu focuses on delivering restaurant-quality, delicious meals controlled for portion size and calories. The meals are heart-healthy and crafted by chefs to ensure mouth-watering meals customers love.
“When I look at myself, I don’t feel obese. I don’t struggle with daily activities,” Hailey said. “But I also don’t enjoy exercise as some people do. And I know if I eat right, that’s when it will work.”
Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.