You may have noticed that I the Nutrisystem updates have not been happening lately. Well, I fell off the wagon and I fell hard. I have spent the last few months or so eating my feelings instead of taking care of myself and the result was gaining the weight I worked so hard to get off.
Now I am fully recommitting myself to Nutrisystem and owning up to my gain. I admit, I was ashamed to admit to you all that I failed but part of being accountable during this process is blogging about it so there you have it. Now I’m back on the program, trying to take better care of my body and not eating my feelings away with Starbucks Cake Pops and chicken piccata as I was doing for the last few months.
With that said, I’ve stocked up on my fruits, vegetables, carb and protein portions for the week but I have a new obsession I wanted to talk about and it is plain old, simple water. It all started when a PR gal sent me a case of Hint Naturally Flavored Water. Hint has zero calories and it has none of that artificial sweetness you get with other sugar-free beverages. You know that fake sweetness I’m talking about. With Hint, it seems natural. It is as if someone left some watermelon, cucumber or pear slices just chillin’ in some water and the result is Hint. Since then, I have picked up some cases for work but at home I have been slicing up lemons and oranges and putting them in my Britta pitcher. The result is fantastic, it reminds me of Paris when we visited a Clarins boutique and they had the most amazing spa water. I have been driving my friends and family crazy with my special water urging them to drink it. 😉
This water got me thinking of my favorite “on the wagon” diet favorites. If you’re trying Nutrisystem for the first time, the choices might be overwhelming. What do you choose? I’ll give you a little breakdown of my favorites on the program, the things I have in my pantry now and am coming back to. Maybe it will help make your decision a little easier.
Instead of waiting to update you on my 4th week weigh-in when I haven’t even discussed my 3rd week, I’m just going to combine it into one post. How about that?
Last week’s weigh in was a little disappointing because I maintained my weight but it got me thinking about the some of the new habits I’ve picked up since I started Nutrisystem. I have not had fast food in almost a month. On other diets I have tried in the past, I would have a consumed at least something from McDonald’s by now simply because it was OK if it was within my point range. I still could go by McDonald’s and have something if I wanted to but I am happy that it hasn’t even been a thought until now. That’s kind of a big deal for me.
This picture here is obviously of my refrigerator, but it is also all of the food in my apartment as of today. My fridge is stocked in a way that makes me happy and has been a rarity until now… it full of healthy things! The worst thing in my fridge is a sauce from William Sonoma I haven’t thrown out yet even though I don’t like it and was a total waste of money…$16 and doesn’t even taste like piccata sauce! Some of my previous diet staples are in there but for the most part, lots of veggies, fruits, lean proteins and low fat diary. Another big deal for me. Since March is National Nutrion month, my fridge is dressed for the occasion.
I had a feeling I wouldn’t do so well on my week 2 weigh in on Nutrisystem, I gained 1lb. I was disappointed when I stepped off the scale but this wasn’t unexpected. I do fine when I’m at work. I take my breakfast, lunch and add-ons to work with me and behave myself but after work is when things get more difficult for me. I went out to dinner a few times and the choices I made definitely caught up with me. I also did not focus on how much water I was drinking and didn’t write down what I was eating, which both things are super important to do. I always do better when I write everything down.
With that said, I still feel good about what I’ve accomplished so far. I’ve lost 12.2lbs in one month. While it’s not the 20lbs. a month I aimed for, there have been other small victories that are just as important as what the number on the scale is. I’m on the verge of crossing into a weight range that I have not been at in a very long time and I’m feeling really hopeful and excited about that. Plus, I can always aim for that figure next month. If I do reach that goal, there’s a bottle of Tom Ford Champaca Absolut perfume at Nordstrom with my name on it… I just visited it yesterday. 😉
Week 1 on Nutrisystem was a complete success. I weighed in last Monday and stepped off the scale in complete awe, I couldn’t believe the number the scale read… I lost 7.4lbs my first week on the program. I had planned on having a bit of a splurge for dinner as a reward for behaving during the week but when I saw the results, I changed my tune a bit. I didn’t want to undo all my hard work for that week. It definitely had me excited about what I could accomplish with the time I have left on Nutrisystem, which is is 3 months and 3 weeks. At first, I really questioned if I could really do this. Could I go 4 months eating packaged food? I wasn’t really sure initially but this first week on the program answered that question. I feel confident that I can do this for a few reasons.
The first is that I’m not relying solely on Nutrisystem’s food and I didn’t understand that until I received my chosen entrees and read through all the materials that came with my first delivery. I add fresh fruits, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates and fat (small amounts) to every meal. The first week my additions were mostly raw but I have started to change things up by steaming broccoli and roasting asparagus here and there. Sometimes it feels like it’s too much food but the good thing about that is I honestly am never hungry, which is a good thing because the portion size of the entries leaves a little to be desired but that’s also because we’re just use to much larger portions these days. This is also a bit of re-training for me.
The other reason I feel I can do this is because I can go out and enjoy myself with friends and family at a restaurant if I want to, it just involves making different choices. I imagined having to bring an entree with me if I went to a family dinner at my moms as I often do and that thought made me a little sad. I really enjoy food and the thought of missing out on my mom’s amazing cooking for 4 months just seems so hard! I have yet to test my resolve against mom’s cooking but I like that I can bring an entree to my mom’s house one weekend and then indulge a bit the next. Nutrisystem realizes that it is not realistic to expect that those on the program stick to their meals 100% of the time.
If you’re wondering how the food tastes, I’m happy to report that it is good and I’m enjoying it. There has only been 1 entree that I decided I would not finish, it was their Cream of Broccoli soup but it was a matter of my personal taste. I’m sure there are others who would probably enjoy that soup. I received a mix of pantry stables and frozen entrees. I have been alternating the pantry and frozen items for dinner and have liked everything I’ve tried so far. The Macaroni & Cheese with Salisbury Steak impressed me because I did not expect any flavor from this entree but it was there, as it has been in the other entrees. I had not tried any of the frozen breakfast or lunch items yet but I will get there. I’m assuming they taste better than the dry pantry items so I’m saving them for the end of the month. 😉
This week I started the Nutrisystem program and will be following it for the next 4 months. I’ve been interested in Nutrisystem for awhile now, my mother and aunt did it with some great results but I’ve never been able to afford it on my own. Thankfully Nutrisystem is going to be sponsoring me for the next 4 months and it means the world to me!
I’ve been on other diets more times than I can count but I have never tried a program where the food is already prepared so I was really excited about this. Not having to cook? That is amazing, because honestly, I am not a good cook but I can call in a to-go order like no one else. With Nutrisystem, my breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert is already prepared for me. All I have to do is add some protein, dairy, vegetables, fruit and carbs to supplement each meal.
This is me on my birthday in October. I’ve dealt with weight for as long as I can remember and I’ve been on other diets more times than I can count. Now that I’m in my early thirties it’s really time to get serious and get this weight off so I can live my life to its fullest.
My weight has kept me down for a long time, it’s the reason why you probably don’t know what I look like until now… because I’m just not comfortable or confident showing you what I look like without taking a gazillion photos in just the right lighting or just the right angle. I’m trying to turn this around now and become the person I want to be, a healthier person!
For the next 4 months, I’m going to be blogging about my experiences with Nutrisystem once a week. While blogging about a diet isn’t necessarily beauty related, I know, I hope you’ll bear with me during this time. After all, our diet affects our skin and our skin is at the core of our look… right? Here’s too some good before and after shots!
Disclosure: Nutrisystem is providing their program and support services free of charge for my participation in the Nutrisystem Nation Blogging Program.