Progress report #6

April 16, 2014

Had a small gain this week, which is disappointing but not the end of the world. I did have two cheat meals this week, one of them last night, and that may be the reason for the regression. We were at a restaurant, and although I tried to order the most NS-friendly salad I could, there wasn’t any low-fat dressing and it came with a roll, which…I ate. Couldn’t resist, carbs being my downfall. :)

But I’m not going to let this get me down. I’m feeling slightly more “compact,” for lack of a better term, and my husband says my jeans are a wee bit baggy in the rear end, so why should I let a .6-pound gain throw me off my game?

I’m going to leave my 10-pounds-boom graphic at the end of this post because I have lost more than that overall (I lost 5 pounds before I started Nutrisystem but am not officially counting those as a Nutrisystem loss, of course). Here’s hoping that next week I will be back on track weight-wise!

Date
Change
Weight
BMI
Plank time
March 5, 2014207.432.625.78
March 12-3.2204.232.1
March 19-3201.231.6
March 26-0.220131.5
April 2-219931.233.53
April 9-1.4197.630.9
April 16+0.6198.231

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10 pounds – BOOM!!!

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Progress report #5

April 9, 2014

Still going strong! Another 1.4 pounds down this week. Usually by this point in a diet (5 weeks) I’m starting to struggle, and then by week 8 I’ve given up altogether. That’s not happening this time. Rather, I feel like I’ve hit a groove.

This “diet,” or rather new way of life, is easier to follow than anything I’ve tried before. I have not had so much as stomach growl since I started, although I do still fight cravings that have nothing to do with hunger. But that’s a consequence of my unhealthy relationship with food for the last 20-some years. It will take time to completely overcome those urges, if ever. However, I’m dealing with them and Nutrisystem’s desserts help a lot in that regard. I don’t feel like I’m being deprived of “sinful” snacks; I just eat them in moderation now.

I’ll admit getting all the vegetables in is still a challenge, though. I’ve been having a big salad with my Nutrisystem lunch, and while I enjoy salad, having one every day is a little boring. I’m considering drinking my vegetables by blending every other day as a way to break up the monotony, as well as having more cooked with dinner instead. Being a definite NON-cook, that won’t be easy, but then nothing worth having is easy. So I’m going to knuckle down and do it.

I’m still active on the Nutrisystem discussion boards as a way to help keep myself motivated and learn from others how to be successful. There are tons of people on the boards who not only reached their weight loss goals but are also keeping it off. Yes, there are lots of restarters, too, but I’m learning how to develop habits that will keep me in the former group once I reach my own goal.

See the table below for my progress, and stay tuned throughout my journey. Please feel free to share your story in the comments as well!

Date
Change
Weight
BMI
Plank time
March 5, 2014207.432.625.78
March 12-3.2204.232.1
March 19-3201.231.6
March 26-0.220131.5
April 2-219931.233.53
April 9-1.4197.630.9
April 16+0.6198.231

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10 pounds – BOOM!!!

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Progress report #4

April 2, 2014

Wow. I was not expecting a loss this week. I cheated pretty badly over the weekend while visiting my sister. I had pizza at the mall, candy at the movie theater, sugary cereal in the morning, and more candy on the drive home. I hadn’t completely stuffed myself—I kept portions reasonable—but still, I thought my weight would go up.

But I lost 2 more pounds!

Date
Change
Weight
BMI
Plank time
March 5, 2014207.432.625.78
March 12-3.2204.232.1
March 19-3201.231.6
March 26-0.220131.5
April 2-219931.233.53
April 9-1.4197.630.9
April 16+0.6198.231

Being one month on Nutrisystem, I took my measurements today as well. They have gone down as well, not by much, but I do feel that my jeans and dress pants both are just a little bit less tight.

Date
Neck
Arm
Chest
Waist
Abs
Hip
Thigh
Calf
March 515.515.54341.5454425.516.5
April 215.51543.754143.54325.2516

This is just proof that I can’t give up, even when I’ve fallen off the wagon. If I’d completely thrown caution to the wind just because I messed up, today’s news might not have been so good. But even if today’s news WASN’T good, I still would have to keep going. No way I’m going to let the inevitable slip-ups throw me off track for good. That would be dumb. :)

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8 pounds – BOOM!!!

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Progress report #3

March 27, 2014

This week’s weigh-in yesterday was not as inspiring as the first couple of weeks, just 0.2 pounds, but that’s okay.

Date
Change
Weight
BMI
Plank time
March 5, 2014207.432.625.78
March 12-3.2204.232.1
March 19-3201.231.6
March 26-0.220131.5
April 2-219931.233.53
April 9-1.4197.630.9
April 16+0.6198.231

I’ve read on the Nutrisystem discussion boards that others had problems in the third week as well–for whatever reason, many people don’t lose much that week. So I expected it and rolled with it.

Again, though, my doctor’s scale shows 2 pounds less than home, which is nice. :)

I haven’t started exercising yet. The weather is still not conducive and quite frankly, I’ve allowed myself to be too busy to unfold the treadmill. I will begin next Monday, though, when I get back from a quick weekend trip. I may only be able to do the three 10-minute walks they recommend at first, but whenever I restart my exercise program, my body remembers and I can increase time and intensity fairly early on.

There is no significant change in the way my clothes are fitting yet; 6 pounds is not enough for someone with as much weight to lose as I do. But I think I detect a tiny change in how hard it is to button my pants. That’s enough to keep me going.

Onward and downward!

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6 pounds – BOOM!!!

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Progress report #2

March 19, 2014

I’m excited to report that I’m down exactly 3 pounds from last week, so I’ve lost 6 pounds in my first 2 weeks on Nutrisystem!

Date
Change
Weight
BMI
Plank time
March 5, 2014207.432.625.78
March 12-3.2204.232.1
March 19-3201.231.6
March 26-0.220131.5
April 2-219931.233.53
April 9-1.4197.630.9
April 16+0.6198.231

I am struggling with the lunches. I just don’t like them. The lunch bars are great, but any of the ones in a cup aren’t working for me. I’m not a finicky eater so I thought I’d get used to them, but that’s not happening. I’ll be customizing my order for next month based on the likes and dislikes I’ve discovered, and hopefully I will like some new ones better.

But for now, I contacted a counselor to discuss if and how I could replace them this month. She was super helpful. I can sub out the ones I can’t stomach with one PowerFuel and one SmartCarb as long as they follow the guidelines in the information. I’ll have my huge salad for lunch so I can get my vegetables in earlier in the day when I’m more likely to eat them, and I’ll add some low-fat cheese, a bit of turkey, a wheat roll, or things like that. I think that will be just ducky.

Overall, still enjoying this process very much. I feel much better already. It’s funny because yesterday I was having a great day, very productive, I felt happy and had more energy than usual. For some reason, it didn’t occur to me that it was probably due to my new eating habits until today when I logged onto the Nutrisystem site. I hadn’t had a day like that in a LONG time. I don’t think it’s coincidence. And I’m doing pretty well today too, although I didn’t sleep as well last night.

In any event, I know this is good for me and I look forward to more progress each day, each week, and each month. I hope you’ll follow my progress and help to keep me accountable! :)

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6 pounds – BOOM!!!

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I was disappointed, crushed almost, this morning when I discovered that Fast 5 was only Fast 3 for me. I was really sure it was going to be at least 5. I’m not giving up, of course! And I did weigh myself on my clinic’s scale today (I work in the hospital it’s attached to) and it showed a 6-pound difference, although that’s a difference from my home scale original weight, not the clinic scale, so it’s kind of apples and oranges. Nevertheless, I am soldiering on, happy that I at least lost something. I know as time goes on, a 3-pound loss will be a lot.

Enjoyed my first dessert (chocolate cake) on the regular plan this evening. Yum! Had beef stew and a big salad of spinach, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and carrots for supper, which definitely filled me up sufficiently so I won’t be trawling in the kitchen before bed tonight. At least that’s the hope! I do have a few more calories to go if I really need something, though, which is nice to know.

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Day #3 of my new life

March 7, 2014

Things are going well so far with the Nutrisystem “Fast 5.” It’s pretty restrictive, meant to give you a week-long jump start on weight loss so you’re encouraged to continue. Thankfully, I haven’t been hungry. Close…but not actually hungry. I’m eating slowly to make the food last and trying to eat mindfully, enjoying, savoring, rather […]

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Try, try again

March 5, 2014

If you’ve noticed that this blog has all but disappeared from the blogosphere (there’s an awkward word), you may have wondered what happened in my eternal quest for weight loss. I have to shamefacedly admit, I have not been doing well. At all. Not only have I not lost weight, I have gained weight. Again. […]

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Motivational fitness quotes

November 12, 2012

For those of you who love motivational quotes about fitness, exercise, and weight loss, I’ve got a quick link for you. Check out these 38 fitness motivational graphics.

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Never, ever, ever give up

October 1, 2012

Ran across this video in my Facebook feed and I have to post it here for you guys. It makes me realize I have absolutely NO EXCUSE for skipping workouts or saying to myself, “You can’t do it.” Watch it all the way through to be amazed. I hope it gives you the motivation it […]

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